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 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 : publicly known or identified as a homosexual

out

noun

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

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 My mom asked me not to post publicly about my ancestry test, lest my cousin get curious and want to take one, outing her parents. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: My girlfriend is hiding our relationship. Is it embarrassment, or something worse?," 18 Aug. 2019 My mom asked me not to post publicly about my ancestry test, lest my cousin get curious and want to take one, outing her parents. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: A DNA test, the seeds of deception and a growing lie," 17 Aug. 2019 My mom asked me not to post publicly about my ancestry test, lest my cousin get curious and want to take one, outing her parents. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Secret of sperm-donor baby won’t last long in age of ancestry tests," 17 Aug. 2019 My mom asked me not to publicly post about my ancestry test, lest my cousin get curious and also want to take one, outing her parents. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: DNA disclosure might unlock family secret," 7 Aug. 2019 My mom asked me not to publicly post about my ancestry test, lest my cousin get curious and also want to take one, outing her parents. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: DNA disclosure might unlock family secret," 7 Aug. 2019 My mom asked me not to publicly post about my ancestry test, lest my cousin get curious and also want to take one, outing her parents. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "DNA disclosure might unlock family secret," 2 Aug. 2019 No one will out any particularly boisterous sleeper, but one can imagine the room sounding like a slumber party of restless Wildings after an exhausting battle. Catherine Blinder, courant.com, "Firehouse dinner: Cooking, camaraderie and a shared meal at Hartford’s West End Station," 17 Sep. 2019 After the 2015 season, he nearly was outed by a blogger who put together pieces from an Instagram story to find out Russell was seeing another man. Ryan Kolakowski, orlandosentinel.com, "Former Bucs player Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective KAABOO Cayman, which debuted in March in the Cayman Islands, drew a sell-out crowd of 10,000 and tickets were immediately put on sale for next year’s edition. San Diego Union-Tribune, "KAABOO to leave Del Mar, giving way to KAABOO San Diego at Petco Park in 2020," 15 Sep. 2019 Today, Thomas lives as an out gay man in Florida with his partner. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "'Doesn't surprise me': Conversion therapy survivors on another ex-therapist coming out," 4 Sep. 2019 Five people were injured when an out-of-control dump truck careened down a steep Pioneer Square street Monday morning, hitting a pedestrian and other vehicles before crashing into a Subway sandwich shop at First Avenue and Yesler Way. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Dump truck crashes into Subway sandwich shop in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, 5 injured," 19 Aug. 2019 Jake Lamb, who was at first base and was running on the full-count, two-out pitch, was almost to third when the ball dropped behind Story. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks reeling after Rockies' walk-off win," 15 Aug. 2019 The decision to alter Robin’s arc paid off big time, with viewers immediately embracing Robin and loving the way her coming-out scene played during the season. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Stranger Things 3 Almost Gave Steve and Robin a Totally Different Ending, According to Maya Hawke," 1 Aug. 2019 His replacement, Luis Escobar, surrendered a two-out triple, driving in all three runners. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Indians drop series-opener to Columbus, fall to .500," 30 July 2019 Correction: Microsoft representatives told PCWorld that the company began providing the automatic sign-out feature to consumers in May, meaning that consumer Office 365 users already have the same feature businesses will. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Office 365's new device management tool is made for IT, but consumers would like it too," 26 July 2019 This maxed-out version of the MacBook Air will run you $1,899, however. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "It’s tough to choose the best Apple laptop to buy right now," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Travis Demeritte followed with a slow roller to first base, and Means was unable to cover the bag in time for an out. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Tigers unsettle Orioles’ John Means, split four-game series with 5-2 victory," 17 Sep. 2019 Matt Jones will return as Jesse’s burn-out bud Badger in El Camino: A Breaking Bad movie, Netflix has confirmed. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Breaking Bad movie: Matt Jones to return as Badger," 17 Sep. 2019 Winnipeg’s window looks smaller than originally thought, and coach Paul Maurice could be on the outs if the Jets don’t live up to expectations. Dan Falkenheim, SI.com, "Most Intriguing Storylines Heading Into 2019–20 NHL Season," 15 Sep. 2019 Posey hit a 382-foot flyball for an out in his first plate appearance and drilled a 96.5-mile per hour one-hopper directly at Marlins shortstop Magneuris Sierra to start a 6-4-3 double play his second time up. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tyler Beede leads the way, three Giants rookies combine to shut out Marlins," 13 Sep. 2019 There was a three-hour wait for a space in the parking lot, and sometimes longer in the line for check-out. Author: Anna Fifield, Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "Shoves, brawls and shouts: Welcome to Costco’s opening day in China," 2 Sep. 2019 That makes perfect timing for what Inspiration offers now — including a new area of premium sites, many of them backing to buffer corridors and other open space, or offering possibilities for a walk-out. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "As age-55-plus Inspiration lures surprisingly young buyers, Toll Brothers has big ranches ready that fit their needs," 18 July 2019 Yastrzemski tried scoring all the way from first on the play, but Braun and Orlando Arcia teamed up on a picture-perfect relay and Grandal applied the tag in time for the out. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giants 8, Brewers 3: Another bullpen collapse ends the series on an ugly note," 14 July 2019 The meeting will offer opportunities for break-out sessions so people can make comments. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Covington will share development ideas for 23-acre Downtown IRS site Thursday," 10 July 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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out

adverb
How to pronounce out- (audio)

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.

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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