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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Buy Photo Firefighters found two people dead early Wednesday after putting out a blaze in North Philadelphia rowhouse, officials said. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "2 dead in North Philadelphia house fire," 11 July 2018 The college football season doesn't begin until the end of August, but that never stops media outlets from putting out a wide assortment of rankings and lists to keep readers entertained during the summer. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Sports Illustrated named its top 100 college football players. These Canes made the cut," 22 June 2018 The City Council last year budgeted $200,000 to build the facility, and the project proceeded through the design phase before being put out for public bid. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Mandeville mulls $318,000 public restroom on lakefront," 21 May 2018 The Senate Intelligence Committee is close to putting out its report on whether Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 election with the intention of helping Donald Trump. John King, CNN, "Don't worry about travel restrictions for players if we host the 2026 World Cup, US says," 13 May 2018 There were more than 2,300 firefighters, 176 fire engines and 14 helicopters working to put out the flames. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke," 9 July 2018 Joe’s mother was behind Joe and tried to have him roll to put out the flames. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With 4th of July come warnings about dangers from fireworks," 28 June 2018 Young said firefighters were forced to go inside the building to put out the flames. Laney Ruckstuhl And Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighters knock down raging 4-alarm fire at Medford auto shop," 27 June 2018 Several motorists and officers used fire extinguishers to put out the flames in the burning engine, police said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "2 children, 2 adults killed in wrong-way crash on Indiana Toll Road," 18 June 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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The first known use of putout was in the 14th century

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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