out of

preposition

1
a(1)
used as a function word to indicate direction or movement from within to the outside of
walked out of the room
(2)
used as a function word to indicate a change in quality, state, or form
woke up out of a deep sleep
b(1)
used as a function word to indicate a position or situation beyond the range, limits, or sphere of
out of control
(2)
used as a function word to indicate a position or state away from the usual or expected
out of practice
2
used as a function word to indicate origin, source, or cause
a remarkable colt out of an ordinary mare
built out of old lumber
fled out of fear
3
used as a function word to indicate exclusion from or deprivation of
cheated him out of his savings
out of breath
4
used as a function word to indicate choice or selection from a group
one out of four survived
5
used as a function word to indicate the center of an enterprise or activity
runs her business out of her home
Phrases
out of it
1
: not part of a group, activity, or fashion
2
: in a dazed or confused state

Examples of out of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With five games left in the regular season, the Mavs find themselves in the No. 5 seed and safely out of the NBA postseason play-In tournament. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Apr. 2024 After one more lingering look our way, the hippo turned and lumbered off, away, and eventually out of sight. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2024 Those wanting to head out of town should aim for Mesquite, which is hosting a free street and dance party with a solar roller disco and a claim to having the longest totality in Texas, clocking in at four minutes and eight seconds. Melissa Locker, TIME, 6 Apr. 2024 After the Hernandez shooting, a department committee recommended that she be placed on short-term restricted duty, effectively taking her out of the field. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 One patient, Hamza Marzouq, said families took patients out of rooms that were filled with urine, feces and flies. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 But Take Note Our tester noted that these felt very tight out of the packaging and on first wear. Jessica Booth, Parents, 5 Apr. 2024 But the airstrike in Damascus was far out of the ordinary, both in killing so many senior figures at once and in hitting a diplomatic building, normally considered off limits in conflicts. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Since symptoms start 12-48 hours after exposure, a drop off in symptoms may not mean that others in a group are out of the woods. Rachel Murphy, Verywell Health, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

out of

preposition
1
a
: from within to the outside of
walked out of the room
b
used to indicate a change in quality, state, or form
woke out of a deep sleep
c
: beyond the range or limits of
moved out of sight
2
: because of, from
fled out of fear
3
used to indicate source, material, or cause
built out of old lumber
4
used to indicate the state or condition of being without something especially that was there before
the store is out of bread
cheated us out of our savings
5
: from among
one out of four survived
6
used to indicate the center of a business or activity
runs her business out of her home

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