\ 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 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



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



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



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


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.


a gay actor who was outed in a magazine article He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids.


he's out to get even with the guy who beat him last time around half the staff is out with the flu


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

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 But before their friendship can flourish, Caitlin must address the fact that she’s badly hurt Ava, having accidentally outed her family issues to the school before the start of the series takes place. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, ""Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" Season One Successfully Smashed the Dollhouse of the Original Series and Empowered Its Leading Women," 22 May 2019 Skai Jackson's mom, Kiya Cole, accidentally outed the couple. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Zendaya and Tom Holland Are Dating," 10 May 2019 Some people think the company outs our habits to other users in their story. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Does Instagram reveal who’s stalking your feed?," 20 July 2018 People started digging into their social media channels after the group posted some subs directed at Jeffree Star, who had just been outed for some past racist posts on his own social media. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Is This The Reason Why James Charles Is Losing Thousands Of Followers As We Speak?," 9 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The thrill of playing alongside girls and women just like them, who reveled in the sweat and hard knocks of an all-out training session, was enough. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. women’s soccer team is fighting two battles — for a World Cup title, and for equality," 11 June 2019 La Porte’s faithful, celebrating their first year in Pony Baseball competition, leaped to their feet at the out call. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dramatic play at the plate leaves Friendswood’s Pinto all-stars on short end of 6-5 championship game score," 10 June 2019 Owen allowed a two-out RBI single in the fifth, and UNC scored again with two outs in the seventh on an RBI single from Aaron Sabato — with AU making the curious decision to pitch to him. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn comes back late, is one win away from College World Series," 8 June 2019 Then, that music is showcased at the Big Show -- an all-out celebration of Cleveland’s diverse musicianship. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Warped Tour and other things to do in Cleveland Saturday, June 7," 8 June 2019 While her dress was all-out Disney, the show definitely isn’t. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zendaya's Long Bangs at the 'Euphoria' Premiere Are Just So Pretty," 5 June 2019 After movie roles in XXX, Resident Evil, John Wick, and the Pitch Perfect sequels, Rose scored the title role on The CW’s Batwoman (airing Sundays at 8 p.m. this fall), the first TV series headlined by an out LGBTQ superhero. Patrick Gomez, EW.com, "See EW's LGBTQ issue cover stars in a special photo shoot honoring 50th anniversary of Stonewall," 5 June 2019 In Egypt, an all-out campaign by the military since early 2018 has mainly halted high-profile attacks by IS and other militants. Washington Post, "Egyptian officials: Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai," 5 June 2019 After all, Google's advertising business brought in $136 billion in revenue in 2018, giving it the cushion to lose $3.4 billion on its far-out projects last year. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Alphabet is betting big on moonshots but so are startups," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alex Verdugo cracked a single to center field that the sold-out crowd in attendance assumed would score Corey Seager from second base and halve the Angels’ lead with no outs. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers lose Corey Seager and get swept by Angels," 12 June 2019 When the Pirates loaded the bases with no outs on three singles in the third, Davies appeared to be in huge trouble. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Zach Davies becomes first starter in club history to start season 7-0," 8 June 2019 After leaving Soto’s office, Barrio worked as the political director at Alianza for Progress, a get-out-the-vote organization that focuses on the Puerto Rican community and is based in Kissimmee. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "John Cortes challenges incumbent Armando Ramirez for Osceola Clerk of Court," 5 June 2019 Providing such data to outsiders could help political campaigns with get-out-the-vote strategies. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina GOP wants candidate in Congress despite probe," 17 Dec. 2018 An infield single and a fielding error by third baseman Jurickson Profar put two on with no outs. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers strike early, hold on to beat Tigers 7-5," 5 July 2018 Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the Red Sox scored twice with two outs against Wade Miley. Ken Powtak, The Seattle Times, "Chavis homers, Red Sox snap Astros’ 10-game win streak," 20 May 2019 The online-only collection includes colorful maillots and bikinis with cut-outs and revealing fits. Glamour, "Victoria's Secret Swim Is Back After a Three-Year Hiatus," 20 Mar. 2019 For her part, Balfe wore a striking metallic gown by Dundas to the party, which was complete with heart cut-outs and a plunging back. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Caitriona Balfe Teases Her Outlander Co-Star Sam Heughan About His Bowtie," 26 Feb. 2019

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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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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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