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

Too much coverage in the run-up to this week’s NATO Summit treated the conflict between President Trump and European leaders like a four-alarm fire – as if maybe it could be put out. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign Policy Mess Trump Is Making," 11 July 2018 The couple's discovery comes just three weeks after town officials in the popular Outer Banks community of Duck put out a warning that a bear had taken a liking to its beach. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Couple saw a dog struggling in a SC river. It was actually something much larger," 8 June 2018 Clark’s Elioak Farm has put out a call for images from one of the most photographed attractions at the former theme park. Susan Soldavin, Howard County Times, "Resident scores big cash, prizes on 'Wheel of Fortune' [Clarksville]," 7 June 2018 Kris Dunn might be a career backup and Cameron Payne barely put out a double-digit scoring average. 8. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Mavs pass on Mo Bamba, opt for Mizzou superstar instead," 6 June 2018 Shark week Sea of Thieves finally put out its first content update this week,The Hungering Deep. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Killer7's finally coming to PC, Star Citizen adds a $27,000 item pack," 1 June 2018 Severtson’s body was found in the house after the fire was put out. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Authorities identify West Seattle man who torched house, killed self during eviction," 16 May 2018 Police didn't respond to whether the document was put out by the department. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police are bracing for a counterprotest at Occupy ICE," 6 July 2018 Firefighters and deputies responded at about 10 p.m. to Rowell Avenue and Sugar Creek Drive to find a vehicle fully engulfed in flames, and the bodies were recovered after the fire was put out, according to sheriff’s police. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Bodies of men who were shot, 'severely burned' recovered after Will County police find car engulfed in flames," 27 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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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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