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
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 for putout

Synonyms: Verb

apply, exercise, exert, ply, wield

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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

Correa took one at-bat Monday, flying out to right field, and made one putout in the field during the second inning. Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa exits game with toe ailment," 2 Apr. 2018 Day avoided further damage with a strikeout, a runner being caught in a rundown and an unassisted putout at first. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Softball: Brazoswood rallies past Dawson, 2-1," 6 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After lots of hype and waiting, Marvel has put out the first trailer for the final film in this era of the MCU. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and more," 8 Dec. 2018 Now, Lee has put out another apology video, this time apologizing for her first one, which fans ultimately deemed insensitive. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Laura Lee Is Attempting to Apologize Again for Her Controversial Tweets," 27 Sep. 2018 On Monday morning the team put out a simple statement saying that Lawrence will start for the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) against Syracuse (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "No. 3 Clemson tabs freshman Trevor Lawrence new starting QB," 24 Sep. 2018 Over the course of his career, Shawn Mendes has put out song after song about the ups and downs of falling in love, and been linked to several of his fellow celebs in the process. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes Says He's Currently Single, With No Plans to Rush Into a Relationship," 29 Aug. 2018 The Milton County police department put out a statement saying that emergency personnel responded to a home invasion and found two female victims. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 Media Matters for America, a left-leaning media watchdog and prominent critic of Fox News, put out a statement from the organization's president criticizing the pick. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Former Fox News Exec Bill Shine Close to Being Named White House Comms Director," 27 June 2018 When the senior center outgrew its original home in 2005, Palestina and his colleagues on the board put out bids to contractors to have an indoor bocce court included in the plans. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "In Bucks County, a decade-old bocce rivalry between officials, seniors 'brings people together'," 20 June 2018 Other businesses have put out flyers or social media messages offering discounts or money going toward #StratmanStrong. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Here's how you can support #StratmanStrong around Lakota West, lacrosse community," 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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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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