Definition of out of

1a(1) used as a function word to indicate direction or movement from within to the outside ofwalked out of the room
(2) used as a function word to indicate a change in quality, state, or formwoke 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 ofout of control
(2) used as a function word to indicate a position or state away from the usual or expectedout of practice
2 used as a function word to indicate origin, source, or causea 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 ofcheated him out of his savingsout of breath
4 used as a function word to indicate choice or selection from a groupone out of four survived
5 used as a function word to indicate the center of an enterprise or activityruns 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 29 May. 2020.

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