out

adverb
\ ˈau̇t \

Definition of out

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : in a direction away from the inside or center went out into the garden
(2) : outside it's raining out
b : from among others
c : away from the shore
d : away from home or work out to lunch
e : away from a particular place
2a : so as to be missing or displaced from the usual or proper place left a word out threw his shoulder out
b : into the possession or control of another lend out money
c : into a state of loss or defeat was voted out
d : into a state of vexation they do not mark me, and that brings me out— William Shakespeare
e : into groups or shares sorted out her notes parceled out the farm
3a : to the point of depletion, extinction, or exhaustion the food ran out turn the light out all tuckered out
b : to completion or satisfaction hear me out work the problem out
c : to the full or a great extent or degree all decked out stretched out on the floor
4a : in or into the open the sun came out
b : out loud cried out
c : in or into public circulation the evening paper isn't out yet hand out pamphlets the library book is still out
5a : at an end before the day is out
b : in or into an insensible or unconscious state she was out cold
c : in or into a useless state landed the plane with one engine out
d : so as to end the offensive turn of another player, a side, or oneself in baseball threw him out fly out
6 used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and no reply is expected

out

verb
outed; outing; outs

Definition of out (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : eject, oust
2 : to identify publicly as being such secretly wanted to out pot smokers especially : to identify as being a closet homosexual

intransitive verb

: to become publicly known the truth will out

Definition of out (Entry 3 of 6)

used as a function word to indicate an outward movement ran out the doorlooked out the window

out

adjective

Definition of out (Entry 4 of 6)

1a : situated outside : external
2 : situated at a distance : outlying the out islands
3 : not being in power
4 : absent
5 : removed by the defense from play as a batter or base runner in a baseball inning two men out
6 : directed outward or serving to direct something outward the out basket
7 : not being in vogue or fashion
8 : not to be considered : out of the question
9 : determined sense 1 was out to get revenge
10 : engaged in or attempting a particular activity won on his first time out
11 : publicly known or identified as a homosexual

out

noun

Definition of out (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : outside
2 : one who is out of office or power or on the outside a matter of outs versus ins
3a : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
b : a player that is put out
4 : a way of escaping from an embarrassing or difficult situation
on the outs
: on unfriendly terms : at variance

out-

prefix

Definition of out- (Entry 6 of 6)

: in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats outmaneuver

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Examples of out in a Sentence

Adverb

He went out to the garden. He looked out at the snow. She poured the tea out. The girl stuck her tongue out. His shirttail was hanging out. I heard a noise in the bushes and out jumped a cat! He waited out in the hall. I cleaned my car inside and out. A car pulled up and two men got out. He grabbed his coat and out he went.

Verb

a gay actor who was outed in a magazine article He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids.

Adjective

he's out to get even with the guy who beat him last time around half the staff is out with the flu

Noun

The play resulted in an out. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit a home run to win the game. He changed the wording of the contract to give himself an out.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Insurance companies may or may not cover the cost, which can range from $125 to $160 per dose if paying out-of-pocket. Michele Munz, The Seattle Times, "College students: There’s a new vaccine you should consider," 30 Aug. 2017 Scientists and historians have not agreed on a start date of the Anthropocene, but one candidate might be the moment in the late 1950s when Earth began launching small metallic pieces of itself back out into the void. David Grinspoon, The Atlantic, "Hurricane Harvey Lays Bare Our New Bargain With Nature," 30 Aug. 2017 HSAs are linked to high-deductible insurance plans, and consumers use the money in the account to pay their out-of-pocket expenses. Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, "5 Outside-The-Box Ideas For Fixing The Individual Insurance Market," 30 Aug. 2017 Dunaway had been out for three days, assisting with and documenting rescue efforts. Jen Kirby, Daily Intelligencer, "‘It Took Two Boat Rides’: Texans on Surviving the Storm," 30 Aug. 2017 In first period algebra, Missuz Johnson tells me to spit my bubblegum out, even though the strawberry flavor hasn’t yet dissolved. Teen Vogue, "Lit Club Winners: First Day of School," 29 Aug. 2017 On Thursday, a day prior to landfall, the experiment agreed with the European model that Harvey would plow inland, stall, then head back out over the Gulf of Mexico before making a second landfall near Houston, Texas. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Hurricane Harvey provides lab for U.S. forecast experiments," 28 Aug. 2017 Kernel's will move out of its downtown location Sunday, and plans to reopen on 75th Street Aug. 30. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "More frozen treats, clothing store options arriving in Naperville," 26 Aug. 2017 Hospitality all-stars Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio are both opening restaurants under this same spectacular roof—a Bat-Signal of sorts to New Yorkers that this isn’t just another landing spot for out-of-towners but an institution in the making. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel," 25 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the star addressed the current climate of celebrities being outed for poor behavior in many different fashions. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Louis C.K. called Roseanne Barr after her firing, says close friend Norm Macdonald," 12 Sep. 2018 In a time where the public has a more complicated relationship with celebrity than ever, and more male stars are outed for their indiscretions, what does the future hold for a brand so dependent on famous people as Madame Tussauds? New York Times, "The Politics of Waxing," 26 Mar. 2018 The question of who outed her, Tammy, is central here. Fox News, "Haley on the New York Times, Kavanaugh and US foreign policy," 20 Sep. 2018 The risk that he would be hurt by being listed under a female name was outweighed by the risk of outing him against his will. New York Times, "Must I Honor My Dad’s Gifts to Political Groups?," 26 June 2018 All these people signed up — outed themselves, their families, people that were in hiding. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Omarosa: 'We would be begging for the days of Trump if Pence became president'," 13 Feb. 2018 In fact, the base clock speeds for the three chips outed by HP are essentially identical with the existing Kaby Lake-R chips. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chips will offer big turbo boosts to get you to upgrade," 10 Aug. 2018 But when Eric outs Asher against Asher’s will, that’s supposed to be OK? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Meghan and the Queen had their first solo outing together last month, where the former Suits star proved to be the perfect royal companion. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "See Meghan Markle Make Her Buckingham Palace Balcony Return Right Next to Queen Elizabeth!," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Astro Teller, ‘Captain of Moonshots’ at Alphabet’s X, Is on a Roll The head of Alphabet’s secretive R&D lab recently saw two of his far-out projects become stand-alone businesses. WSJ, "The Future of Everything’s 10 Best Stories of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Along with the bolder pigment came an extra ounce of smolder at eye-level, onyx smudged liberally for a subtle, night-out appeal. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Plays Up Her Pregnancy Glow With This Easy Makeup Trick," 30 Oct. 2018 The house is full of smart splurges: There's a retractable glass garage door that brings in plenty of natural light—and opens up onto a pop-out terrace—and a loft bed that's directly above the bathroom. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Tiny House Airbnb Olivia Wilde Helped Design," 12 Oct. 2018 Yamaha addressed that by adding clean-out ports at the stern. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 2018 Though not with out controversy, Bush is still considered one of the country's most beloved presidents of all time. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "12 of George H.W. Bush's Greatest Quotes of All Time," 1 Dec. 2018 Fears of a prolonged market downturn, slowing international sales, stepped-up competition in the U.S. and flat-out confusion about how Amazon makes money are all reasons behind the company’s dizzying 25 percent drop in value from its September high. Spencer Soper, The Seattle Times, "Amazon dealt $250 billion blow from market jitters and confusion," 30 Oct. 2018 The New York Times Magazine reports that this prompted Rudolph to start spending several hours a week straightening her hair, including a professional blow-out session with the show's hair-department head, Jodi Mancuso, every Friday night. Marci Robin, Allure, "Maya Rudolph Says Some White Castmates From Saturday Night Live Hair-Shamed Her," 16 Sep. 2018 Jameson Taillon had mastered them for the first six innings before Williams struck in the seventh with a two-out triple to right field to bring home Carlos Santana. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies use late rally to beat Pirates for sixth straight win," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kasich appears with DeWine Friday at a get-out-the-vote rally. Julie Carr Smyth, The Seattle Times, "In tight race, Ohio governor rivals hedging bets on Trump," 30 Oct. 2018 Republicans say Obama's get-out-the-vote effort is a veiled attempt to rally Democratic voters. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "Michelle Obama launches 'get-out-the-vote effort,' insists it's 'nonpartisan'," 24 Sep. 2018 Major public-employee unions pour millions into independent campaigns, largely to bolster Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, and their members are steadfast participants in sophisticated get-out-the-vote efforts on Election Day. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 Hoyer, who along with much of the state’s political establishment endorsed Baker, hosted a get-out-the-vote rally in Prince George’s. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats running for Maryland governor crisscross state in final push for votes," 24 June 2018 Villaraigosa will need some help and a strong get-out-the-vote campaign to join his fellow Democrat in the November general election. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Antonio Villaraigosa’s chance to be California governor hinges on Latino vote," 2 June 2018 And Shugart, who entered for a struggling Henley with two outs in the third, managed to match Florida starter and 2018 first-round MLB draft pick Jackson Kowar strikeout for strikeout — for a time. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT eliminated from College World Series by Florida," 20 June 2018 Sophomore shortstop Ethan Kavanagh hit a leadoff single and moved to second base with two outs on an infield chopper by junior catcher Bryce Ziegler. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Eighth-ranked St. X beats Highlands, 10-6 for its eighth state title," 16 June 2018 With two outs in the top of the 10th inning and two runners on base, Joaquin Arias, a scrap-heap pickup who had entered the game earlier to pinch-hit, knocked a ground ball toward Scott Rolen, the Cincinnati Reds’ third baseman. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of out

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for out

Adverb and Prefix

Middle English, from Old English ūt; akin to Old High German ūz out, Greek hysteros later, Sanskrit ud up, out

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out

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of out

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: in a direction away from the inside or center of something

: in or to a place outside of something (such as a building, room, etc.)

: away from home or work

out

verb

English Language Learners Definition of out (Entry 2 of 5)

: to tell people that (someone) is a homosexual

: to tell people that (someone) is or does a particular thing

: to become publicly known

English Language Learners Definition of out (Entry 3 of 5)

—used to indicate that a person or animal is looking at something that is outside of a building, room, etc.

—used to indicate that a person or animal is moving from the inside of a building, room, etc., to the outside

out

noun

English Language Learners Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

baseball : the act of causing a player to be out or the situation that exists when a player has been put out

: a way of avoiding an embarrassing or difficult situation

out-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of out- (Entry 5 of 5)

: in a manner that is greater, better, or more than something else

out

adverb
\ ˈau̇t \

Kids Definition of out

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : in a direction away from the inside, center, or surface The boy looked out at the snow.
2 : away from home, business, or the usual or proper place I went out for lunch.
3 : so as to be used up, completed, or discontinued Our food supply ran out. The patient filled the form out. He blew the candle out.
4 : so as to be missing or moved from the usual or proper place You left a comma out.
5 : in or into the open The sun came out in the afternoon.
6 : aloud The dog cried out in pain.
7 : beyond control or possession She promised not to let the secret out.
8 : so as to be or make unsuccessful in reaching base in baseball Our catcher threw the runner out.

Kids Definition of out (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : outward through The boy looked out the window.
2 : outward on or along We drove out the road by the river.
out of
1 : from the inside to the outside of : not in I walked out of the room. They are out of town.
2 : beyond the limits or range of The bird flew out of sight. The patient is out of danger.
3 : because of They obeyed out of fear.
4 : in a group of I only got one out of five right.
5 : without entry 1 sense 2 The store is out of bread.
6 : from sense 3 We made a table out of some boxes.

out

adjective

Kids Definition of out (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : no longer in power or use The lights are out.
2 : no longer continuing or taking place The fire is out. School is out.
3 : not confined : not concealed or covered The secret is out. The sun is out.
4 : absent sense 1 I can't use a basket with its bottom out. The teacher is out today.
5 : located outside or at a distance The island is 20 miles out.
6 : being no longer at bat and not successful in reaching base
7 : no longer in fashion

out

noun

Kids Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

: the act of causing a baseball player to be unsuccessful in reaching base

out-

prefix

Kids Definition of out-

: in a manner that goes beyond outnumber outrun

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