out

1 of 6

adverb

1
a(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
2
a
: 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 outWilliam Shakespeare
e
: into groups or shares
sorted out her notes
parceled out the farm
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
5
a
: 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

2 of 6

verb

outed; outing; outs
1
transitive : to identify (someone) publicly as being such secretly
Ever feel as if your achievements are a fluke or that you're one conversation away from being outed as a fraud?Gillian Fox
Foster … was the man who outed the journalist Joe Klein as the author of the novel "Primary Colors."Walter Kirn
especially : to reveal the covert sexual orientation or gender identity of (someone)
outed her to her coworkers
In our case, a cross-section of writers and editors—male and female, gay and straight—agreed that it would be inappropriate to "out" this Pentagon official. Richard Goldstein
2
intransitive : to become publicly known
the truth will out
Murder will out.
3
transitive : to put out : to eject (someone) from a place, office, or possession : expel
During the suppression, we privately kept outed vicars as chaplains and attended secret Anglican services …Rose Macaulay

out

3 of 6

preposition

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

out

4 of 6

adjective

1
a
: 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
: having one's LGBTQ sexual orientation or gender identity publicly known
an out trans person
wasn't out during college

out

5 of 6

noun

1
2
: one who is out of office or power or on the outside
a matter of outs versus ins
3
a
: 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

out-

6 of 6

prefix

: in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats
outmaneuver
Phrases
on the outs
: on unfriendly terms : at variance

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
In the struggle for favor with the far right, the knives were out. Joseph Ataman, CNN, 15 June 2024 After ordering the latest batch of names to be released without redactions on Dec. 18, Judge Loretta Preska noted most were already out there, through court cases or media reports. Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024
Verb
Bill that bans schools from outing students passes California Senate. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 17 June 2024 With much of Queen Charlotte’s storyline focused on outing Whistledown, what does this mean for her role in future seasons? Athena Sobhan, Peoplemag, 14 June 2024
Preposition
The title of the concert, meantime, suggests that Lamar could be bringing on some special guests to help him out on stage. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 June 2024 Get all of your thoughts out by writing them a letter (but don’t send it). Jenna Ryu, SELF, 19 June 2024
Adjective
Many were also protesting Ronald Reagan, a conservative who was running for President, and mourning Harvey Milk, the first out gay man elected to public office in California, who was assassinated in 1978. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 6 June 2024 One of my best friends was the only out gay person in our small high school. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024
Noun
His first double drove in two runs and came with two outs in the second inning. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 June 2024 That hustle paid off as with two outs, Gelof scored on an Abraham Toro bloop single to left center. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for out 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb and Prefix

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

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at 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

Time Traveler
The first known use of out was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

out

1 of 6 adverb
1
a
: in a direction away from the inside, center, or surface
look out of a window
b
: outdoors entry 1
it's raining out
2
: from among others
picked out a hat
3
: away from home, business, or the usual or proper place
out to lunch
left a word out
4
: into a state of loss or defeat
was voted out of office
5
: into the possession or control of another
lent out money
6
: into groups or shares
sorted out her notes
7
a
: so as to be exhausted, completed, or discontinued
the food ran out
the light burned out
b
: at an end
before the week is out
8
a
: in or into the open
the sun came out
b
: aloud
cried out
9
a
: to completion or satisfaction
work the problem out
b
: to the full or a great extent or degree
stretched out on the floor
all decked out
10
: so as to put out or be put out in baseball
the catcher threw the runner out
grounded out to shortstop

out

2 of 6 verb
: to become known
the truth will out

out

3 of 6 preposition
(ˌ)au̇t
used to indicate an outward movement
ran out the door
looked out the window

out

4 of 6 adjective
ˈau̇t
1
a
: located outside or at a distance
the out islands
2
: not being in power
the out party
3
: not allowed to continue batting, to occupy a base, or to score in baseball
the runner was out
4
: directed outward or directing something outward
put the letter in the out basket
5
: absent entry 1 sense 1, missing
a basket with its bottom out
6
: no longer in fashion
that style of pants is definitely out
7
: not to be considered
that choice was out as far as we were concerned
8
: determined sense 1
was out to get revenge
9
: engaged in or attempting a particular activity
won on his first time out

out

5 of 6 noun
ˈau̇t
1
: one who is out of power
2
a
: the putting out of a batter or base runner in baseball
b
: a player who has been put out
3
: a way of escaping from an embarrassing situation or a difficulty

out-

6 of 6 prefix
: in a manner that goes beyond
outmaneuver
Etymology

Prefix

derived from out (adverb)

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