\ 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 But there are a lot of packages out there and analysis is still ongoing. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why are officials worried about packages of seeds in the mail? They might be invasive species," 31 July 2020 She's taken comfort over the past few months in the realization that there are so many families like hers out there -- worried about losing their homes, their jobs and, most of all, crucial years of their kids' education. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "These kids are getting left behind when schools go online," 31 July 2020 Are there teeth-whitening alternatives to hydrogen peroxide? Hydrogen peroxide isn’t the only teeth whitening ingredient out there. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Is it Safe to Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Whiten Teeth? Here's What Dentists Say," 31 July 2020 That’s been another sub-topic of the summer and there still aren’t any firm plans out there. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What new SEC schedule means for Alabama, questions that remain," 30 July 2020 Alright, Facebook groups can kind of be the wild west, but there are a lot of potentially helpful options out there. Anna Borges, SELF, "10 Online Support Groups for Anyone Struggling to Get Through 2020," 30 July 2020 Black mothers had been out there protesting injustice for more than 50 days. Lyz Lenz, Washington Post, "How America weaponizes motherhood," 30 July 2020 Here are some of the greatest products out there made specifically for aging pups. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "15 things that can make life easier for elderly dogs," 29 July 2020 There’s an awful lot to choose from out there, but basically, RVs break down into two main camps (no pun intended): towable and drivable. Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living, "Must-Know Tips Before You Rent That RV," 14 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Texas Christian University responded to a Tweet about a student who’s been outed as a racist. Essence Staff, Essence, "Skai Jackson: 'I'm Trying To Expose As Many Racists As I Can Today'," 5 June 2020 That detail, coupled with the already-publicly available information about the man's age, district of residence, and movements, meant that the media had effectively outed him, potentially putting his employment at risk. Jake Kwon And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Virus outbreak linked to Seoul clubs popular with LGBT community stokes homophobia," 12 May 2020 The National Human Rights Commission of Korea issued a statement calling for stronger measures to protect individuals from being outed. Max S. Kim, The New Yorker, "Seoul’s Radical Experiment in Digital Contact Tracing," 17 Apr. 2020 This year was the first time those scenes had a real storyline, with Gene potentially being outed as the fugitive Goodman. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Better Call Saul vs. Breaking Bad: We decide which is better," 15 Apr. 2020 His relationship with Margaret was outed by a tabloid. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roddy Llewellyn? Everything You Need to Know About Princess Margaret's Boyfriend," 23 Nov. 2019 Coronavirus is outing the world’s largest economy as home to a toxic for-profit public health system. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Coronavirus panic isn’t just fear and hate, it also cloaks business as usual at Chinese restaurants," 12 Mar. 2020 Further Reading Potential Half-Life 3 plot outed by series writer Marc Laidlaw Walker's discussion of the current makeup of the Half-Life: Alyx team is important to note here. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve: Half-Life: Alyx is “not the end” of the franchise," 4 Mar. 2020 The #MeToo movement gathered momentum because publicly outing their harassers was the only recourse women in Hollywood had. Diana Falzone, Good Housekeeping, "An NDA Keeps Me From Telling My Full Story, But It Won't Stop Me From Helping Other Women," 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The federal judge whose son was killed on the doorstep of her New Jersey home is speaking out for the first time since a gunman opened fire on her family last month. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Federal judge whose son was slain by anti-feminist lawyer decries 'free flow' of personal information online," 3 Aug. 2020 Knobloch pointed out that plans have to be prepared for both offshore connections and onshore distribution. John Fialka, Scientific American, "U.S. Offshore Wind Needs to Clear a Key Hurdle: Connecting to the Grid," 3 Aug. 2020 Check out our slideshow below to see photos of famous people turning a year older on August 2nd and learn an interesting fact about each of them. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Today’s famous birthdays list for August 2, 2020 includes celebrities Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Smith," 2 Aug. 2020 After emerging from the trailer Tuesday, Stafford pumped a squirt of sanitizer into his hand at the check-out table. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Matthew Stafford on COVID-19 list, what it means for Detroit Lions," 1 Aug. 2020 Then Cheryl Berreth and her son went to the house to check it out. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 1 Aug. 2020 Check out the trailer for Teenage Bounty Hunters below. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "This New Show From The OTINB Creators Has Teens Balancing Dating & Bounty Hunting," 31 July 2020 Check out more of Jason Williams' Politics Extra columns Solution to county's Paul Brown Stadium money problem? Jason Williams, The Enquirer, "PX column: Hamilton County Great Parks' tax levy is 'height of arrogance,' ex-Cincinnati mayor says," 31 July 2020 Check out this month's Allure Beauty Box, which is packed with products hand-picked by our editors – all for only $15. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Additionally, one Birch Manor staff member case was moved to an out-of-county staff case (subtracting one facility case) upon further investigation. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrol County Health Dept. announces 36 community COVID-19 cases, one death, a new weekly high for positive tests," 3 Aug. 2020 These hearings are just one part of an all-out attack on big tech. Brian Dumaine, Fortune, "Ahead of big tech’s antitrust hearing, tech experts predict Facebook’s and Amazon’s fates," 29 July 2020 Yet at that time the SIOP’s smallest limited attack option called for launching one thousand missiles, which would therefore be indistinguishable to the Russians from an all-out attack. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "The New Nuclear Threat," 22 July 2020 The increase would have amounted to $290 per year increase for an in-state undergraduate student or a $966 per year increase for an out-of-state or international student. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M board rejects administration's budget request, including 1.9% tuition increase," 25 June 2020 President Donald Trump launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Schools refusing to open in fall are being political, says Trump," 8 July 2020 Trump made the comments a day after launching an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen the nation’s schools and colleges this fall. Washington Post, "President Trump pressures schools to return to in-person learning," 8 July 2020 Anything less would fail students and taxpayers, DeVos said in a call with governors as the Trump administration launched an all-out effort to get schools to reopen. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: July 6-7," 8 July 2020 President Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the coronavirus pandemic, but for political reasons against the will of families. Collin Binkley, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he will pressure states to reopen schools in fall," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a flat-out run through the desert, the Cherokee bobbed along happily, the suspension both resilient and able to soak up 80-mph charges through the vados of the Anza-Borrego. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "1984 Jeep Cherokee Reimagines the 4x4 for a New Age," 4 Aug. 2020 Notably absent from this latest campaign roll-out are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "With early-voting states in mind, Trump campaign resets," 4 Aug. 2020 LeMahieu tied it 7-all in the eighth with a two-out RBI single off Matt Barnes (0-1) past diving second baseman José Peraza. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, "Red-hot Judge powers streaking Yankees past Red Sox 9-7," 2 Aug. 2020 DJ LeMahieu tied it 7-all in the eighth with a two-out RBI single off Matt Barnes (0-1) past diving second baseman José Peraza. Mike Fitzpatrick, courant.com, "Judge power surge continues, rallying Yankees past Red Sox," 2 Aug. 2020 Jones’ one-out RBI single to center that scored Romine for a 3-2 lead in the fifth marked Jones’ 200th career hit. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers do everything right to pummel Cincinnati Reds, 7-2," 1 Aug. 2020 Tucker Barnhart followed with a two-out flare into left field to score Senzel. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds lineup shut down in 7-2 loss to Detroit Tigers," 1 Aug. 2020 Businesses are supposed to implement telework options for employees, restaurants may only offer take-out and delivery service and residents are supposed to stay home as much as possible. oregonlive, "Coronavirus stay-at-home order reinstated for Oregon’s Umatilla County, governor says," 31 July 2020 In response to a regional spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered restaurants to shut down by midnight every day beginning Friday, which will end late-night dining, take-out and delivery. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia's Hampton Roads restrictions will hurt hotels and restaurants, business community says," 31 July 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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4 Aug 2020

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“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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