out of

preposition

Definition of out of

1a(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 marebuilt out of old lumberfled out of fear
3 used as a function word to indicate exclusion from or deprivation of cheated him out of his savingsout 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
out of it
1 : not part of a group, activity, or fashion
2 : in a dazed or confused state

First Known Use of out of

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

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“Out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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