out

adverb
\ 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

out

verb
outed; outing; outs

Definition of out (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : eject, oust
2 : to identify publicly as being such secretly wanted to out pot smokers especially : to identify as being a closet homosexual

intransitive verb

: to become publicly known the truth will out

Definition of out (Entry 3 of 6)

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

out

adjective

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 : publicly known or identified as a homosexual

out

noun

Definition of out (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : outside
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

out-

prefix

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

He was eventually outed by Ball’s advisor and mentor, Dr. Harry T. Hollmann. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 When Lionel explains all of this to his editor, Silvio remains more interested in outing Sam. refinery29.com, "Dear White People," 4 May 2018 Some excoriated it as irresponsible, catty, and malicious, a way of outing the accused without giving them a chance to respond to the allegations against them. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Media Men list: Moira Donegan identifies herself as creator of the document," 11 Jan. 2018 Meghan's father made headlines ahead of the wedding after he was outed for staging paparazzi photos in an attempt to better his image in the media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Wrote Her Dad a Letter After the Royal Wedding," 7 Feb. 2019 For many in the movie industry this was a period of growing prosperity and widespread optimism, but for gay stars and directors there was abiding fear of being outed. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Review: Turning Tricks in Tinseltown," 26 July 2018 Both of the guests, one from Pennsylvania and one from new Jersey saw a potential tipping point in the culture now that powerful men accused of harassment, including in Congress, have been outed — and have faced consequences. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "President Trump's State of the Union Address: Eight takeaways," 31 Jan. 2018 He’s recently been outed online and has confessed his love for the then-unknown Blue. Tre'vell Anderson, latimes.com, "'Love, Simon's' Keiynan Lonsdale on playing Kid Flash and LGBTQ representation in Hollywood," 20 Mar. 2018 Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the star addressed the current climate of celebrities being outed for poor behavior in many different fashions. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Louis C.K. called Roseanne Barr after her firing, says close friend Norm Macdonald," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While a government shutdown and an endless barrage of daily tweets have kept Americans distracted, the Trump administration has launched an all-out assault on America’s postwar foreign policy. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Multilateralism May Survive Trump," 5 Feb. 2019 The all-out assault on your privacy is coming from virtually every angle at once. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Creepiest, Spying-est Gifts to Not Buy This Year," 14 Nov. 2018 An all-out aerial assault prevented what could have been a major fire. Carter Evans, CBS News, "Millions in the West are dealing with fast-moving wildfires," 6 July 2018 The president and his acolytes are championing conspiracy theories and a sweeping, uncalibrated, all-out assault on our institutions. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 That's about the same number of acres as in 2000, before the United States helped launch an all-out assault on Colombia’s drug trade. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "The U.S. spent billions fighting coca production in Colombia. It hasn't made a dent | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The letter warns that Democrats are preparing an all-out assault and could seize control of the state at the ballot box. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas governor claims billionaire pouring money into Texas to elect Democratic 'puppets'," 5 May 2018 There was a tentativeness to its attacking play, as though Liverpool was caught between the all-out assault that can blow sides away and holding possession. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Liverpool Stumbles at Roma But Finishes Job to Reach Champions League Final," 2 May 2018 Building off his strong conclusion to 2017, Rossi has launched an all-out assault on the rest of the paddock to kick off the 2018 campaign. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi putting his stamp on 2018 IndyCar season," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bolton left to check on the progress of the exhibition build-out, and Scaturro and Petersen started to give life to Koizumi’s clothes. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tulle Bombs and Tiny Gloves: How Two Conservators Dressed a Mannequin in Tomo Koizumi for “Camp: Notes on Fashion”," 8 May 2019 Here's what her hair looked like from the front: And here's the look from the back: The superstar singer and dancer wore a custom Peter Dundas emerald green gown complete with cut-outs and lined with hundreds of ostrich feathers. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ciara Won Best Hair of the Night at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 She was pulled out of school at a young age by her mother, who was afraid her daughter would be caught in the middle of the shoot-outs. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 After spending a suns-out-buns-out weekend at Coachella, YouTuber James Charles is facing serious heat from his fans after making an offensive comment about transgender men. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Addresses Ignorant Comment About Transgender Men After Facing Backlash," 19 Apr. 2019 Robotics and the phase-out or minimalization of inbound docks, will bring the footprint down to about 855,000 square feet. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "How Amazon Goes Small to Make It in New York," 1 Apr. 2019 And most important of all: The Rift S uses inside-out tracking, same as the Quest. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: The $399 Oculus Rift S kicks off the next gen of PC-based VR by appealing to the masses," 20 Mar. 2019 Your grandma's favorite method is on the outs now that many experts consider the chemicals — naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene — a health risk. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths in Every Part of Your Home, According to Experts," 13 Mar. 2019 Photo: Elise Amendola/Associated Press Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Jansen with two outs in the eighth, silencing the crowd of 53,114 and rendering Buehler’s brilliance irrelevant. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of out

Adverb

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

Verb

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

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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

Noun

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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out

adverb

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

out

verb

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

out

noun

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

out-

prefix

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

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

out

adverb
\ 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.

out

adjective

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

out

noun

Kids Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

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

out-

prefix

Kids Definition of out-

: in a manner that goes beyond outnumber outrun

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