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

Legends Billie Jean King was outed in 1981, and Martina Navratilova came out as bisexual the same year. Leah Asmelash And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Tennis' Alison Van Uytvanck says more players should 'come out'," 4 July 2019 The events of the next year only confirmed this, when Harvey Weinstein was publicly outed as a serial predator whose decades of abuse were enabled by a network of associates. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism," 3 July 2019 Shortly after the swatting incident, Thompson, who lives in Utah, was outed online as being behind DerpTrolling. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘DerpTrolling’ hacker gets 27 months prison in gaming denial-of-service attacks," 3 July 2019 One day an email falls into the wrong hands and Simon's now in danger of being outed. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "15+ Young Adult Audiobooks For When You Want To Give Music a Break," 18 June 2019 Eventually, their torrid affair is outed to the public during season 5. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "The 10 Most Scandalous Moments of Scandal: Relive These Storylines Before Tonight's Finale Ends," 19 Apr. 2018 Yorkville Christian High School hosts golf outing Yorkville Christian will host a golf outing June 28 at Blackberry Golf Course in Bristol. Beacon-news Staff, Aurora Beacon-News, "Summer Concert Series to be held along Fox River in Geneva," 12 June 2019 And the other day, a major news organization outed a Bronx man, an African American, who dared mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a doctored video. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Put coward Florida cop in prison, and who’s next? The social worker? The teacher? The politician?," 6 June 2019 None of this justifies outing the man supposedly responsible for it. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Daily Beast’s Shabby Scoop," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The city goes all-out with cemetery and haunted history tours, spooky art shows, and a 5K race where runners dress as witches. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "24 Halloween Celebrations Across America to Spook Your Socks Off," 8 July 2019 Since April, Haftar has waged an all-out offensive to take over Tripoli and consolidate his grip over the country. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Airstrike kills dozens of migrants at detention center in Libya," 3 July 2019 The result was an all-out melee involving several dozen people. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park," 1 July 2019 Soon the three competitors are going all-out to win, stooping to comically nasty tricks. Renee Valois, Twin Cities, "Park Square’s ‘Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant’ is over-the-top absurd — and hilarious," 29 June 2019 As the tide rose and the Marines finally began to push in, the remaining Japanese troops launched an all-out banzai attack. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawa," 28 June 2019 And Kylie went all-out again for her boyfriend Travis Scott's upcoming birthday. Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Wished Travis Scott a Happy Birthday With This Giant Billboard in Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 2019 Puig scored on a two-out single from Curt Casali, which brought the game-tying run to the plate. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Anthony DeSclafani's start quickly unravels in the Cincinnati Reds' loss to Milwaukee Brewers," 23 June 2019 Freshman Emmah Young delivered a two-out single and when Sanders, the Male center fielder, bobbled the ball, courtesy runner O’Brien Wilson raced home to give the No. 2 Raiders (36-3) a 1-0 lead. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Male softball beats Warren East in state final, capping perfect 39-0 season," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ten of his first 13 pitches were balls, prompting a mound visit from pitching coach Brent Strom before Miley recorded an out. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros battle on the road to sweep series against Rockies," 4 July 2019 Yelich, who earlier belted his major league-leading 31st homer, was an easy out when his bunt went right to pitcher Raisel Iglesias. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 3, Brewers 0: Offense has no answers for Sonny Gray, who dominates for eight innings," 3 July 2019 Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle came on and didn’t record an out, walks to Betts and Xander Bogaerts sandwiched around a Marco Hernandez infield single. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "London mauling: Yankees outslug Red Sox," 30 June 2019 The Senegalese is an out and out fox in the box, who enjoys crosses and is a high-quality finisher. SI.com, "Turkish Super Lig: 6 Players Who Could Play in the Premier League & Which Clubs They Would Suit," 27 June 2019 In the fifth, Raimel Tapia lost Joe Panik’s leadoff hit in the lights to turn an easy out into a double. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies use clutch start by Jon Gray, David Dahl’s long ball to beat Giants in series opener," 24 June 2019 But the ball bounced back to catcher Stephen Vogt, who tagged Escobar for an easy out. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Shaun Anderson sharp, but Giants fall to Diamondbacks in 10 innings," 23 June 2019 Instead of having two runners on with no outs, Louisville had just one runner on with one out. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball survives in College World Series after Drew Campbell walk-off RBI," 20 June 2019 Richards turned what should have been an easy out into an error, flinging the ball well past first base and allowing Starling Marte to make it to second. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Richards peppered as Marlins blown out by Pirates," 15 June 2019

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

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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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