\ 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 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 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 Today, yearbook and party photos continue to surface, outing white politicians caught japing in blackface. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "Beck Center set to stage ‘The Scottsboro Boys,’ Kander and Ebb’s ‘rollercoaster’ musical tale of racial injustice," 2 Feb. 2020 Foot on the pedal, Plame careens backward down a dusty New Mexico road, calling out Scooter Libby, who President Trump pardoned in 2017, for outing her CIA cover. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Ex-spy Valerie Plame congressional campaign is suddenly in trouble," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But what happens if an out-of-control fire triggers the kinds of evacuations that happened during the Tubbs and Camp fires? NBC News, "California readies for 'realistic' nightmare — raging wildfires during a pandemic," 28 May 2020 Edge: Browns Dunlap and Atkins remain an effective inside-out combo and Hubbard added 8.5 sacks. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "How the revamped Browns match up with the Bengals in 2020," 27 May 2020 And according to this narrative, it was done with the help of an out-of-control FBI, intelligence community, and Obama-era holdovers who stayed in the federal government during Trump’s first term in office. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Republicans see opportunity to fire up 'high-interest' voters over Flynn case," 26 May 2020 But the further-out future should still worry investors. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Life Insurers Face Future Rate Pain," 22 May 2020 Uber’s big spending on far-out bets like self-driving cars and artificial intelligence research may be over. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Uber’s new plan: Slim down to get ahead," 18 May 2020 Suddenly, the Post Office was staring down an out-of-date business model and crippling finances. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 18 May 2020 Not to mention the day-in, day-out malaise that occasionally strikes us all. Carolyn Jones, SFChronicle.com, "Resilience: 16 ways to weather life’s challenges," 14 May 2020 These are people who are making grocery store runs, who might be out at the garden center or Home Depot, who might be playing golf or working in a restaurant preparing take-out orders, or going to work as the state begins to re-open. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Ile's COVID-19 testing unlike any other in the state," 14 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet there was still resistance among these Republicans to calling Trump an out-and-out liar. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Most Mendacious President in U.S. History," 29 May 2020 Drive-up windows or carry-out are probably the safest; transient interaction with one individual when everyone is wearing masks is a lower-risk situation. Thomas A. Russo, The Conversation, "How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert," 21 May 2020 Police responding to a nuisance call in Cove Village after a cook-out shot and killed a 29-year-old local man with a gun. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "Rent Is Still Due in Kushnerville," 21 May 2020 Inside Out Wool Jumper by Comme de Garçons This new release by Japanese label Comme de Garçons gives the classic wool sweater the inside-out treatment. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel-Friendly Streetwear We're Shopping for Right Now," 18 May 2020 If too much water tries to cram into these pores, the rock fragments from the inside-out. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "Did Heavy Rain Make Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupt?," 22 Apr. 2020 Then, immerse the inside-out, unzipped tent in a bathtub or large receptacle of lukewarm water with Nikwax. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Get a Head Start on Summer Camping by Sprucing Up Your Tent, Camp Kitchen, & Boots," 13 Mar. 2020 With Boston leading 100-92, Tatum pierced a trap and fired a crosscourt pass to Brad Wanamaker, who attacked a close-out and converted a three-point play. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We showed resiliency’: Led again by Jayson Tatum, Celtics finish road trip with a win," 27 Feb. 2020 With piccata in your arsenal, the prospect of yet another hardy winter veg is a lot less bleak, and a ho-hum crisper-drawer clean-out can be a proper dressed-vegetable side dish. Caroline Lange, Bon Appétit, "Piccata Makes Any Winter Veg Taste Like It's on Spring Break," 24 Jan. 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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“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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