\ 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)

1 transitive : 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 intransitive : to become publicly known the truth will out Murder will out.
3 transitive : 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 Two months later, with Mr Trump trailing by 10 points and the Death Star leaking allegations of mismanagement and extravagance, Mr Parscale was out on his ear. The Economist, "Following the money Reports that the president’s campaign faces a crisis are exaggerated," 19 Sep. 2020 Republicans are out knocking on doors and interacting personally with voters in ways that Democrats mostly have not, preferring online operations because of the coronavirus. Arkansas Online, "Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota," 18 Sep. 2020 The refusal of much of the media to take this moment seriously only lends credibility to President Donald Trump’s complaints that the media is out to get him. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Just give Trump his due on Mideast peace deals," 18 Sep. 2020 Daniels is also out with a groin injury, so Cincinnati will start DT Christian Covington, alongside D.J. Reader. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Live updates: Cincinnati Bengals take on the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football," 18 Sep. 2020 Officials from both Escambia County and the city of Pensacola have been out making initial assessments of damage to roads, bridges and public buildings. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Live coverage of Sally: At least $29M in damage in Florida county; 330K still without power; bridge may be closed for month," 18 Sep. 2020 Power was out across much of the city, but most locals seemed thankful the storm had largely spared the region. Washington Post, "Hurricane Sally lashes Gulf coast," 17 Sep. 2020 Another wave of Census workers will be out in some counties for the rest of the month. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "It’s Census crunch time in Alabama, and here are tips for a big finish," 17 Sep. 2020 Flourish is out via Diplo's Higher Ground label in the Americas. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Damian Lazarus: The Crosstown Rebels Boss on the 'Sense of Foreboding' That Informed His New LP," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After a classmate threatens to out him to his Muslim family, Amir decides to run away from home and ends up in the Eternal City. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "Arvin Ahmadi on how an Italian getaway inspired his new novel How It All Blew Up," 11 Sep. 2020 Texas Christian University responded to a Tweet about a student who’s been outed as a racist. Essence Staff, Essence, "Skai Jackson: 'I'm Trying To Expose As Many Racists As I Can Today'," 5 June 2020 That detail, coupled with the already-publicly available information about the man's age, district of residence, and movements, meant that the media had effectively outed him, potentially putting his employment at risk. Jake Kwon And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Virus outbreak linked to Seoul clubs popular with LGBT community stokes homophobia," 12 May 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Check out this week’s nominees for the Hollis Wright Huntsville HS football player of the week and vote in the fan poll below. Al.com Reports, al, "Vote for Hollis Wright Huntsville HS football player of the week for Week 5," 20 Sep. 2020 Check out our slideshow below to see photos of famous people turning a year older on September 20th and learn an interesting fact about each of them. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Today’s famous birthdays list for September 20, 2020 includes celebrity George R.R. Martin," 20 Sep. 2020 Check out any of the 20 or so structures that now line Chestnut Street between Divisadero and Fillmore, or in North Beach, where Washington Square has taken on the look of an Italian piazza. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Willie Brown: Dislike for Trump alone won’t carry Democrats. They need enthusiasm," 19 Sep. 2020 Check out our take right after the ceremonies at startribune.com or in Monday’s print edition. Neal Justin Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "'Ratched' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week," 18 Sep. 2020 Check out the top five college football games to watch Saturday as more teams kick off the 2020 season. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Top 5 college football games to watch Saturday," 18 Sep. 2020 The only way to know for certain is to send a spacecraft there to check it out, and the planetary science community is awash in calls for a mission to unravel the mystery. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Rocket Lab Could Beat NASA Back to Venus in the Search for ET," 18 Sep. 2020 Check out SportsDayHS' Dallas-area scoreboard, with stats and play-by-play, here. Dallas News, "Statewide Texas high school football scores for Sept. 17, 2020," 18 Sep. 2020 Check out everything on sale here, but remember to use code VIPSALE40 at checkout to get the best price. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Save up to 60% on e-learning, home goods and apps at the Underscored VIP sale," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The critics took great umbrage at Kushner’s admonishing the Palestinian leadership, not realizing that they were beholden to an out-of-date conventional wisdom. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Jared Kushner Was Right," 18 Sep. 2020 After the pandemic altered the football season, Curtis needed a replacement in the schedule for an out-of-state opponent. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Revised football schedules: Rummel adds St. Thomas More; another Curtis-Karr clash?," 16 Sep. 2020 Nick Anderson, the fourth Tampa Bay reliever, worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth to get his fourth save. Mark Didtler, sun-sentinel.com, "Four-run fourth inning sinks Lopez, Marlins vs. Rays," 4 Sep. 2020 Otherwise, if insurance or your employer doesn’t cover the cost, your out-of-pocket charges per test could range from about $60 to $300. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Covid-19 Tests: Answers on Cost, Accuracy and Turnaround Time," 3 Sep. 2020 Apparently, the oracle said that the plague wouldn’t end until the people of Thebes expelled Laius’ killer: a person who was somehow still in the city, even though Laius had died many years earlier on an out-of-town trip. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 And surely Doncic, for all his out-of-this-worldliness, will grow as both a 3-point shooter and free-throw shooter. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Mavs’ future is bright, but could lose some luster if Kristaps Porzingis can’t stay healthy," 31 Aug. 2020 During August in particular, typically a very popular time to travel and when many of us are turning on our out-of-office email replies, these sandals acted as a remedy for my wanderlust. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Under-$100 Vacation Sandals Bringing Me Joy This Month," 24 Aug. 2020 But with the quarterback turning 43 last month, and the Super Bowl scheduled to be played in Tampa in February, there’s an all-out effort to do whatever is necessary to win now. Fred Goodall, orlandosentinel.com, "Bucs add Leonard Fournette to help Tom Brady," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leody Taveras singled on a sharp grounder that first baseman Yuli Gurriel couldn't scoop up to start the ninth and advanced to second on a groundout by Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the second out. Kristie Rieken, Star Tribune, "Gibson throws 4-hitter as Rangers edge Astros 1-0," 16 Sep. 2020 Baez was anxious to be part of history as the ground ball for the final out came his way. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Cubs’ Mills throws MLB’s 2nd no-hitter in 12-0 win over Brewers," 14 Sep. 2020 Shogo Akiyama grounded into a fielder’s choice, an out at second base, that scored Aristides Aquino. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds lose 7-1 to St. Louis Cardinals with time running out on the 2020 season," 13 Sep. 2020 Working his way back from offseason foot surgery, Jeffery still isn’t ready to go all-out in practice. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football stock watch: Niners' Deebo Samuel could provide early returns," 9 Sep. 2020 Colome retired the side in order, with the aid of a tremendous diving catch by center fielder Luis Robert for the first out, in Saturday’s 5-3 win at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "Alex Colome is ready to do whatever he can as the White Sox pursue the playoffs: ‘He’s rising to the occasion’," 8 Sep. 2020 Garcia, who entered with one out and the bases loaded, forced Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia into weak pop outs to end the inning without further damage. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers win sixth in a row, surge to 17-16 record with victory over Brewers," 2 Sep. 2020 Republicans went all-out to depict a gentler Trump over the first two nights of their convention. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump — ‘No Mr. Nice Guy’ — shows softer side to win voters," 26 Aug. 2020 Baragar saved a 5-2 lead by throwing a high 94-mph fastball by Justin Upton for the third out. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants have a win streak after homers by Flores, Slater fuel win over Angels," 19 Aug. 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 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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Time Traveler for out

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The first known use of out was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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



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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