\ 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

The clues include that one time that Grayson seemingly outed their relationship on camera. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "11 YouTube Couples Who Have Hooked Up At Some Point," 7 Aug. 2019 Sometimes, this is a useful way to ensure social accountability, as when celebrities and executives have been outed for abusive behavior. Alain Sylvain, Quartz at Work, "What happens when social media’s “cancel culture” misses the point?," 1 Aug. 2019 The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 have been all but outed by Samsung in a brief YouTube clip, via SamMobile. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Samsung will launch the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Tab S6 before the Note 10," 30 July 2019 Many of them were former dopers, notably David Millar, although not all had been caught or outed. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, "Jonathan Vaughters Goes Deep into Cycling’s Dirty Past," 24 July 2019 As followers of the Satoshi saga will know, Wright was the man outed in late 2015 by WIRED and Gizmodo as a likely candidate to himself be Satoshi Nakamoto. Evan Ratliff, WIRED, "Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!," 16 July 2019 This wouldn't be the first time a criminal outed themselves by leaving behind an incriminating piece of evidence, Anderson said. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Carma Hassan, CNN, "Man allegedly used note to rob bank. Handily (for police) it had his name on it," 1 Aug. 2019 Certain factions in his audience assumed that Petty had outed himself as a Neo-Confederate. Michael Washburn, Longreads, "Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents," 9 July 2019 Gay men often don’t report attacks to authorities out of fear of being outed, mistreated by homophobic cops, and subjected to stigmas that cast male victims as weak. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Leave it to the Kardashian-Jenner clan to turn a birthday surprise into an all-out Instagram spectacle. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Travis Scott Pulled Off the Most Extravagant Birthday Surprise for Kylie Jenner and They're Just Getting Started," 6 Aug. 2019 The champagne toss was not well received by Paul or the couple’s officiant, Arman Izadi — who defended the couple in a fight that turned into an all-out brawl. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Brielle Biermann Attends Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul's Wedding with Mystery Man," 30 July 2019 Kotevska and Stefanov are unyieldingly detached in their depiction of this brewing conflict, which never escalates into an all-out fight. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Honeyland Makes the Story of a Lonely Beekeeper Feel Epic," 25 July 2019 The Mets should stage an all-out auction and reap a bonanza in return. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Mets Need to Take a Padres-Style Leap," 24 July 2019 Based on the Dutton family's tumultuous relationship with Dan, there's a good chance that another all-out brawl will happen before the season ends. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Wednesday's 'Yellowstone' Shows an Explosive Argument Between Kayce Dutton and Dan Jenkins," 23 July 2019 Cloud Gaming Is Big Tech’s New Street Fight Streaming video games promises to be an all-out brawl among companies with the internet infrastructure to back it up. By Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Cloud Gaming Is Big Tech’s New Street Fight," 19 July 2019 But the concerns that prompted an all-out revolution went far beyond these two ill-suited leaders. Ryan Prior And Erin Davis, CNN, "Bastille Day inspired centuries of civil disobedience in France. Here's why," 13 July 2019 The action came in the wake of an all-out effort by California Catholics to derail the bill, SB360. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Bill requiring priests to report child-abuse confessions to police is pulled," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nathan even got a shout-out from another flamethrower: Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks. Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "An MLB fan threw 96 MPH. He's now under contract," 4 Aug. 2019 Even the Equal Rights Amendment has gotten a shout-out. Rachel Thomas, Marie Claire, "Having Six Women Running for President Changes Everything," 30 July 2019 Vaughters finds himself on the outs, disillusioned with Postal’s frat-party culture and looking for a way to stop doping. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, "Jonathan Vaughters Goes Deep into Cycling’s Dirty Past," 24 July 2019 Then with two outs, Jesús Aguilar singled to bring Lorenzo Cain to the plate. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giants 10, Brewers 7 (10 innings): The opening act leaves a lot to be desired," 12 July 2019 The Cubs mounted their first rally in the third when Maloney walked the bases loaded with two outs before coaxing Billy Williams into a groundout. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top games in Cincinnati Reds history: No. 30 – Jim Maloney's 1965 no-hitter against the Cubs," 10 July 2019 But Montini scored three runs in the top of the six to take control, getting a boost from a two-out, two-run double by Rocco Catalano and an RBI single by Estevan Moreno. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Chris crossed: Seropian stays in command but St. Laurence can’t stop Montini in 3A baseball state final," 8 June 2019 In the state championship game, AJ Casseus had a 3-run triple with 2 outs in the first to give North Springs a 3-0 lead after one. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "North Springs Little League 11-Unders win state tournament," 25 July 2019 Sims walked Yasmani Grandal with two outs in the Brewer first. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Injury bug continues to bite Cincinnati Reds in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee Brewers," 24 July 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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