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
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: Verb

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Examples of putout in a Sentence

Noun The shortstop fielded the grounder and threw to first base for the putout. Verb 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 Defensively, Garcia tabulated 43 chances, collecting 19 putouts, 21 assists and three errors. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Former Lady Mav among ETBU players celebrating No. 1 status in nation," 23 Apr. 2020 Pressly tagged Gregorius to complete the putout unassisted. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Ryan Pressly exits Game 6 with injury," 19 Oct. 2019 Then in the fourth inning, Story followed another five-star grounder putout with a leaping grab of a would-be line-drive gapper the very next batter, ending New York’s threat. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: Shortstop Trevor Story leaving no doubt that he should win this year’s National League Gold Glove Award," 19 Sep. 2019 Paul Konerko Paul Konerko hit a grand slam in the World Series and made the final putout to end a perfect game. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Derek Jeter and Co.: The 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot," 18 Nov. 2019 Greinke led all qualified major league pitchers with 33 putouts. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Zack Greinke wins 6th consecutive Gold Glove," 3 Nov. 2019 Chapman led major-league third basemen in defensive runs saved (18), total chances (466), putouts (146), fielding percentage (.981) and zone rating (.834). Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Robbie Grossman joins 3 teammates as Gold Glove finalists," 24 Oct. 2019 Murphy, who died in 1970 at age 61 after a heart attack, about three months after Cleon Jones made the final putout of the 1969 World Series, was not one to make headlines. New York Times, "What Brodie Van Wagenen Can Learn From the Architect of the ’69 Mets," 22 July 2019 Christian Yelich hit a ball on the screws but right at second baseman Ketel Marte for a 4-3 putout that ended the game. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 2: Davies struggles again and bats can't overcome early deficit," 25 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When his job at Firefly restaurant as a manager and wine director was put on hold because of the pandemic, Beaman put out word to friends that his bicycle repair business was open. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF man’s new pandemic calling: Putting left-for-dead bikes back on the road," 12 July 2020 More: The fire was put out around 1 a.m. Sunday and the roadway was reopened to traffic except for the Opdyke off-ramp from eastbound Square Lake, according to police. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Tanker flips on I-75 in Bloomfield Twp., spilling 13,000 gallons of fuel in fiery crash," 12 July 2020 Britain’s audit regulator, the Financial Reporting Council, put out new rules July 6 intended to boost auditors’ independence. Karthik Ramanna, Fortune, "The real problem with accounting firms: They don’t reward auditors that challenge clients," 11 July 2020 In response, industries, environmental groups and political leaders have put out statements to proclaim their solidarity with the Black struggle. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "'Hey, we're here': Black conservationists claim their space in their field," 10 July 2020 Bernat Navarro-Serer, an international student from Barcelona and Ph.D. candidate in cancer biology at Johns Hopkins, put out a template for a letter-writing campaign. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "‘I feel like I am not welcome’: Medical, doctoral students from abroad grapple with uncertainty from new ICE rules," 10 July 2020 Phoenix PD put out a YouTube video Monday that included the body cam footage. Fox News, "Phoenix police release bodycam video from fatal officer shooting that sparked protests," 8 July 2020 Nike and PepsiCo then put out statements Friday supporting Washington's decision to review the matter and move toward a change. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "What we know: The latest on mounting pressure that could prompt Washington Redskins to change team name," 7 July 2020 Hingham and Scituate beaches, both popular with tourists for the Fourth of July weekend, both put out public health statements advising caution when swimming in areas where the fish may be. Virginia Langmaid And Judson Jones, CNN, "Jellyfish the size of dinner plates are welcoming visitors to Northeast beaches this Fourth of July weekend," 3 July 2020

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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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“Putout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putout. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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