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out

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adverb \ˈau̇t\

Definition of out

  1. 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 othersc :  away from the shored :  away from home or work <out to lunch>e :  away from a particular place

  2. 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>

  3. 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>

  4. 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>

  5. 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. 6 —used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and no reply is expected

Examples of out in a sentence

  1. He went out to the garden.

  2. He looked out at the snow.

  3. She poured the tea out.

  4. The girl stuck her tongue out.

  5. His shirttail was hanging out.

  6. I heard a noise in the bushes and out jumped a cat!

  7. He waited out in the hall.

  8. I cleaned my car inside and out.

  9. A car pulled up and two men got out.

  10. He grabbed his coat and out he went.

Origin and Etymology of out

Middle English, from Old English ūt; akin to Old High German ūz out, Greek hysteros later, Sanskrit ud up, out


First Known Use: before 12th century


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out

verb

Definition of out

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  eject, oust

  3. 2 :  to identify publicly as being such secretly <wanted to out pot smokers>; especially :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become publicly known <the truth will out>

Examples of out in a sentence

  1. a gay actor who was outed in a magazine article

  2. He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of out

before 12th century


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out

preposition

Definition of out

  1. —used as a function word to indicate an outward movement <ran out the door> <looked out the window>

13th Century

First Known Use of out

13th century


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out

adjective

Definition of out

  1. 1a :  situated outside :  externalb :  out-of-bounds

  2. 2 :  situated at a distance :  outlying <the out islands>

  3. 3 :  not being in power

  4. 4 :  absent

  5. 5 :  removed by the defense from play as a batter or base runner in a baseball inning <two men out>

  6. 6 :  directed outward or serving to direct something outward <the out basket>

  7. 7 :  not being in vogue or fashion

  8. 8 :  not to be considered :  out of the question

  9. 9 :  determined 1 <was out to get revenge>

  10. 10 :  engaged in or attempting a particular activity <won on his first time out>

  11. 11 :  publicly known or identified as a homosexual


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out

noun

Definition of out

  1. 1 :  outside

  2. 2 :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside <a matter of outs versus ins>

  3. 3a :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseballb :  a player that is put out

  4. 4 :  a way of escaping from an embarrassing or difficult situation

on the outs

  1. :  on unfriendly terms :  at variance

Examples of out in a sentence

  1. The play resulted in an out.

  2. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit a home run to win the game.

  3. He changed the wording of the contract to give himself an out.

1717

First Known Use of out

1717


out-

prefix

Definition of out-

  1. :  in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats <outmaneuver>

  1. outachieve

  2. outact

  3. outbargain

  4. outbid

  5. outbitch

  6. outbluff

  7. outbrag

  8. outbrawl

  9. outbulk

  10. outbuy

  11. outcatch

  12. outcharge

  13. outclimb

  14. outcoach

  15. outcompete

  16. outdance

  17. outdazzle

  18. outdebate

  19. outdeliver

  20. outdesign

  21. outdrag

  22. outdress

  23. outdrink

  24. outdrive

  25. outduel

  26. outearn

  27. outeat

  28. outfight

  29. outfigure

  30. outfish

  31. outfly

  32. outfumble

  33. outgain

  34. outglitter

  35. outgross

  36. outhit

  37. outhomer

  38. outhunt

  39. outhustle

  40. outjump

  41. outkick

  42. outkill

  43. outlast

  44. outleap

  45. outlearn

  46. outman

  47. outmaneuver

  48. outmanipulate

  49. outmarch

  50. outmuscle

  51. outorganize

  52. outpass

  53. outperform

  54. outpitch

  55. outplay

  56. outplot

  57. outpolitick

  58. outpoll

  59. outpopulate

  60. outpower

  61. outpray

  62. outpreach

  63. outprice

  64. outproduce

  65. outpromise

  66. outpunch

  67. outrate

  68. outrebound

  69. outreproduce

  70. outrival

  71. outroar

  72. outrow

  73. outrush

  74. outsail

  75. outscheme

  76. outscoop

  77. outscore

  78. outshout

  79. outsing

  80. outsit

  81. outskate

  82. outsoar

  83. outsparkle

  84. outspeed

  85. outsprint

  86. outstride

  87. outswear

  88. outswim

  89. outtalk

  90. outthink

  91. outthrow

  92. outtrade

  93. outvie

  94. outvote

  95. outwait

  96. outwalk

  97. outwatch

  98. outwrestle

  99. outwrite

  100. outyell

  101. outyield

Origin and Etymology of out-

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OUT Defined for English Language Learners

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out

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adverb \ˈau̇t\

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • : 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


2

out

verb

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • : to tell people that (someone) is a homosexual

  • : to tell people that (someone) is or does a particular thing

  • : to become publicly known


3

out

preposition

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • —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


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out

noun

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • 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

Definition of out- for English Language Learners

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


OUT Defined for Kids

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out

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adverb \ˈau̇t\

Definition of out for Students

  1. 1 :  in a direction away from the inside, center, or surface <The boy looked out at the snow.>

  2. 2 :  away from home, business, or the usual or proper place <I went out for lunch.>

  3. 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. 4 :  so as to be missing or moved from the usual or proper place <You left a comma out.>

  5. 5 :  in or into the open <The sun came out in the afternoon.>

  6. 6 :  aloud <The dog cried out in pain.>

  7. 7 :  beyond control or possession <She promised not to let the secret out.>

  8. 8 :  so as to be or make unsuccessful in reaching base in baseball <Our catcher threw the runner out.>


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out

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preposition

Definition of out for Students

  1. 1 :  outward through <The boy looked out the window.>

  2. 2 :  outward on or along <We drove out the road by the river.>

out of

  1. 1 :  from the inside to the outside of :  not in <I walked out of the room.> <They are out of town.>

  2. 2 :  beyond the limits or range of <The bird flew out of sight.> <The patient is out of danger.>

  3. 3 :  because of <They obeyed out of fear.>

  4. 4 :  in a group of <I only got one out of five right.>

  5. 5 :  1without 2 <The store is out of bread.>

  6. 6 :  from 3 <We made a table out of some boxes.>


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out

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adjective

Definition of out for Students

  1. 1 :  no longer in power or use <The lights are out.>

  2. 2 :  no longer continuing or taking place <The fire is out.> <School is out.>

  3. 3 :  not confined :  not concealed or covered <The secret is out.> <The sun is out.>

  4. 4 :  absent 1 <I can't use a basket with its bottom out.> <The teacher is out today.>

  5. 5 :  located outside or at a distance <The island is 20 miles out.>

  6. 6 :  being no longer at bat and not successful in reaching base

  7. 7 :  no longer in fashion

  8. 8 :  out-of-bounds


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out

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noun

Definition of out for Students

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


out-

prefix

Definition of out- for Students

  1. :  in a manner that goes beyond <outnumber> <outrun>



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