\ ˈau̇t How to pronounce out (audio) \

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


outed; outing; outs

Definition of out (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive + intransitive

1 : 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 : to become publicly known the truth will out Murder will out.
3 : 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

Definition of out (Entry 3 of 6)

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

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



Definition of out (Entry 5 of 6)

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



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 The lawsuit accuses Whitefield Academy of breach of contract by not following its disciplinary procedures before expelling the 15-year-old girl and effectively outing her as gay. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Lawsuit: Louisville Christian school and conservative magazine outed 'rainbow cake girl'," 24 Jan. 2020 Out of the three dozen prominent men who were outed in the last few years, only a couple came as complete surprises to me. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Why Law & Order: SVU Tackled Harvey Weinstein Head-On in Its Season 21 Premiere," 26 Sep. 2019 Trump has fanned this dynamic with his own denunciations of the whistleblower and thinly veiled suggestions that the person should be outed. Anchorage Daily News, "Giuliani ran shadowy Ukraine policy, sidelining and alarming officials," 25 Sep. 2019 But she's been grappling with what to do and whether or not to out this person. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "NikkieTutorials Explains Why She Won’t Reveal the Identity of Her Blackmailer," 29 Jan. 2020 And the whistleblower's identity can be found all over Twitter as well, linking to stories by a handful of news outlets, including the New York Post, claiming to have outed the anonymous figure. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "What is tech doing to protect the whistleblower’s identity? Not much, experts say," 25 Jan. 2020 The president and other Republicans have continually called for release of this person’s name, saying that only the Inspector General can be prosecuted for outing them based on federal whistleblower law. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Republicans seethe while suggesting impeachment-inquiry witnesses," 9 Nov. 2019 Many men caught in these entrapment schemes were closeted and accepted fines and plea deals rather than fight charges in a public trial, where they could be outed and harassed. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How Stonewall Reversed a Long History of Justifying Police Surveillance," 29 June 2019 The Lying Life of Adults, Ferrante's 10th overall novel and her first since her identity was supposedly outed, will make its way to English this year. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "19 books to read in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But if both Iran and Trump continue stepping back from the brink of all-out war, then diplomacy has the inklings of a path. Nic Robertson, CNN, "There's only one way out of the crisis over the Iran deal -- and it must have Trump's name on it," 14 Jan. 2020 Dershowitz and the prince deny her claims as well, setting off a series of legal actions between Dershowitz and Roberts’ attorneys that are later resolved in an out-of-court settlement. Fox News, "Jeffrey Epstein dead: Timeline of sexual abuse allegations and related legal cases," 18 July 2019 One child represented in the lawsuit, a 9-year-old girl, was chemically restrained to control her behavior at an out-of-state facility in Montana that announced plans to close after her story came to light. oregonlive.com, "Oregon child welfare director announces sudden plans to leave office," 26 June 2019 That’s part of why he was yanked immediately after allowing a two-out single in the third inning. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Rangers’ Lance Lynn isn’t sugarcoating first-inning struggles, even if February games don’t matter," 29 Feb. 2020 The white-out crowd was frothing for another blowout and U-M looked ready to roll over. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's 2019 season will be defined by Ohio State game," 30 Oct. 2019 Juan Soto, Robles and Yan Gomes all had run-scoring hits, and Trea Turner knocked in the last two runs with a two-out single. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Finally, the Nationals Are in the World Series," 15 Oct. 2019 Sunday’s final between the USA and the Netherlands saw a peak audience of 4.7 million on BBC One, as the USWNT secured a historic 2-0 win at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in front of a sell-out crowd to win their fourth World Cup title. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Sees 28.1 Million UK Viewers in Record-Breaking Tournament," 8 July 2019 Just down the road, Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA will be in the midst of its opening weekend and the Yard Goats will face off against the Altoona Curve in front of a sell-out crowd Saturday evening. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Big weekend ahead: Hartford police expect heavy traffic for Dave Matthews, Yard Goats and Cirque du Soleil on Saturday," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If last week is any judge, the time-out would come within minutes of the opening bell. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Here’s how far the S&P has to fall Monday for the dreaded circuit breaker to kick in," 16 Mar. 2020 With the Chiefs rallying past them, the 49ers’ last three possessions went: three-and-out, seven-and-lost-on-downs, and two-and-an-interception. Michael Lerseth, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Super Bowl review: For three quarters, it was theirs to win," 2 Feb. 2020 Brandon McManus was 3 of 4 on field goals and well-placed a kickoff from midfield (following an Oakland penalty) to land it at the 1-yard line; good coverage plus a penalty forced the Raiders to start at their 7 (three-and-out). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Rating The Broncos: Defense overcomes train-wreck play to survive Raiders’ comeback," 30 Dec. 2019 Cleveland went three-and-out, on three straight passes, punted to Baltimore and the Ravens scored 46 seconds later. cleveland, "Steve Wilks’ 1st-half defense gave the Browns a chance until Freddie Kitchens’ offense failed them," 22 Dec. 2019 Muhlenberg punt returner Sean Jansson muffed and lost a punt at his own 27 following another McDaniel three-and-out, but the Green Terror couldn’t capitalize. Justin Fitzgerald, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "College Football: McDaniel mauled by Muhlenberg as losing streak hits three straight," 26 Oct. 2019 Louisville got one more chance to cut into the lead before halftime but went three-and-out. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Lack of execution costs Louisville football early points and a chance against Clemson," 19 Oct. 2019 The Tigers again went three-and-out and Wilson returned the punt 27 yards to the TSU 48 with 2:36 left. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rosendahl, Tennessee St. rally, beat Austin Peay 26-24," 19 Oct. 2019 Many of them involved foreign buy-out firms, whose advances seem increasingly welcome in Germany. The Economist, "Locusts of attention Two buy-out firms pay €17bn for Thyssenkrupp’s lifts business," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of out


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


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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


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

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“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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



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)

chiefly US
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



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



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

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


\ ˈau̇t How to pronounce out (audio) \

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.

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



Kids Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

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



Kids Definition of out-

: in a manner that goes beyond outnumber outrun

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