put·​out | \ ˈpu̇t-ˌau̇t How to pronounce putout (audio) \

Definition of putout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

put out

put out; putting out; puts 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

In addition to double plays, the infielders also rank top-five in putouts per their positions, with Castro third (120) and Rojas fourth (101). Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "That’s right — the Marlins have one of MLB’s top double-play tandems," 26 June 2019 The centerfielder, who was perfect on defense while recording 33 putouts, also scored 41 runs and stole 26 bases for the Bears. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Sentinel softball all-area teams led by Kaley Mudge of Winter Springs," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roads were buckled or blocked, and police put out a call for bottled water for residents. John Antczak, The Denver Post, "Another large earthquake rattles Southern California overnight," 6 July 2019 Roads were buckled or blocked, and police put out a call for bottled water for residents. Marcio Jose Sanchez, Twin Cities, "California assessing damage after biggest quake in 20 years," 6 July 2019 Roads were buckled or blocked, and police put out a call for bottled water for residents. John Antczak, BostonGlobe.com, "Southern California assesses damage after 7.1 quake, with fears of more aftershocks," 6 July 2019 AutoNation, the country’s largest automobile retailer, is putting out a nationwide call to hire more than 500 service technicians for its service and collision centers. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Auto mechanic shortage prompts hiring call from AutoNation," 24 June 2019 The San Diego Rapid Response Network — a coalition of nonprofits and social service organizations — put out a call for volunteers and pro-bono attorneys immediately following Trump’s tweet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With ICE raids expected this weekend, local police reiterate they don’t enforce immigration laws," 22 June 2019 Earlier this week Jimmy Fallon put out a call on Twitter for people to share their biggest wedding fails for a chance to have their story featured on the Tonight Show. Glamour, "My Mother-in-Law Wore a Wedding Dress—To My Wedding," 20 June 2019 Mansfield puts out the call to MEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Authority, to initiate the statewide fire mobilization plan—to send over bodies and trucks ASAP. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 The actress put out an open casting call on Twitter for three main roles. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Mindy Kaling Is Casting Real People in Her Netflix Comedy Series," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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