put·​out | \ˈpu̇t-ˌau̇t \

Definition of putout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the retiring of a base runner or batter by a defensive player in baseball

put out


Definition of put out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : extinguish put the fire out

2 : exert, use put out considerable effort

3 : publish, issue

4 : to produce for sale

5a : disconcert, embarrass

b : annoy, irritate

c : inconvenience don't put yourself out for us

6 : to cause to be out (as in baseball or cricket)

intransitive verb

1 : to set out from shore

2 : to make an effort

3 : to engage in sexual intercourse especially promiscuously

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Synonyms & Antonyms for putout

Synonyms: Verb

discommode, disoblige, disturb, incommode, inconvenience, trouble

Antonyms: Verb

accommodate, favor, oblige

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Examples of putout in a Sentence


The shortstop fielded the grounder and threw to first base for the putout.


despite putting out her best effort, she was unable to beat her longtime tennis rival put out the campfire before leaving
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grant is also listed in the program record book for home runs (career), home runs (season), walks (career) and putouts (career). Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Meet the DFW whiz whose set softball records at Princeton and interned with Congress," 11 July 2018 Ryan Romano accounted for seven fielding putouts, and teammates Michael Drucker, Daniel Diaz, Logan Herbert and Justin Pierce also wore the gold gloves. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cooper City Optimist Cubs claw their way to a perfect season," 8 July 2018 The last major league first baseman to play a full game without a putout or assist was Edwin Encarnacion for Toronto in 2012. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Miles Mikolas Took a Wild Journey to the Cardinals Rotation," 7 July 2018 Ellen Gabriel led the Lions defensively by converting 44 of 46 putout opportunities with no fielding errors. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard County JV spring athletes earn their stripes," 5 June 2018 Ty Williams nearly legged out a single to keep the inning alive but Sthele got the putout and ended the threat. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Big second inning lifts San Antonio Reagan over Cypress Ranch," 8 June 2018 Of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas' statistics this season, here are the ones that might matter the most right now: Two starts, 17 innings, 14 putouts and two double plays. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Mike Moustakas trade rumors: three teams interested in Royals third baseman," 6 July 2018 Catcher Sienna Schneider caught a pair of pop-ups behind the plate, and second baseman Rosie Santos efficiently turned the groundballs that came her way into putouts. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Newport Mesa Girls Softball opens with no-hitter in state tournament," 30 June 2018 Seidler record just four strikeouts but limited solid contact, which resulted in plenty of routine defensive putouts for a sure-handed fielding unit. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Reservoir baseball falls, 4-1, to Chesapeake in 3A East region final," 22 May 2018

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McCain cannot vote from Arizona, but has otherwise remained engaged with his job, putting out official statements and commenting on Twitter. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Sen. John McCain's illness could complicate President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick," 9 July 2018 Some fans had fun with it: Lot C must be code for on the field. Cause that dumpster fire needs to be put out. Pete Grathoff And Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Yes, there was a small dumpster fire outside Kauffman Stadium on Sunday," 9 July 2018 The agency had been expected to put out a report at the end of June detailing the next round of risk-adjustment payments, but it hasn’t been issued. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Trump Administration Expected to Suspend ACA Program Related to Insurer Payments," 6 July 2018 But when imported safeties hit the US market in the spring of 1887, the machines found eager buyers; Pope and other American cycle makers scrambled to put out their own versions of the header-resistant contraptions. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Myanmar government and military have been among the most adept and sophisticated users of Facebook, using the platform to put out their own narrative of the Rohingya crisis. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Even Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert managed to put out a gracious statement, which included plans to retire James’s jersey. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 In the video, a man wearing a backpack stops at the end of Fox’s driveway and tries to put out what looks like a cigar before simply tossing it to the ground. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "Video shows suspected thief targeting woman's car. See what happens next," 5 July 2018 The string of odd thefts reported last month in that area prompted police to put out a plea for help. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Dude, here's your gnome: Police recover property from Highlands thefts," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of putout


1882, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of putout

baseball : an action that causes a batter or runner on the opposite team to be out


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obstinately defiant of authority

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