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

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That news, plus Surviving Mars and Total War: Warhammer II unveil expansions, Mike Morhaime departs Blizzard after 27 years, Gameumentary puts out an hour-long documentary on Divinity developer Larian, and... Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Total War: Warhammer II adds undead pirates, Amazon's MMO leaks on Pornhub," 5 Oct. 2018 Allegheny College puts out this award every year for bipartisanship. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Joe Biden Gave an Incredibly Powerful Speech at John McCain’s Memorial," 30 Aug. 2018 The band put out a new playlist on Spotify, and tweeted about the group’s milestone. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, "A 2020 Tour Date for One Direction Just Appeared and Then Disappeared on Ticketmaster," 23 July 2018 In May an essay put out on WeChat by a former tech journalist lit up social media. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 Empire, which has also produced albums for Tyga and Trevor Jackson, would have put out the Florida rapper’s third studio album. Erin Ben-moche, latimes.com, "XXXTentacion signed a $10-million record deal weeks before death, report says," 9 July 2018 The National Weather Service put out tropical storm warnings for Dominica and Guadeloupe, and tropical storm watches for Barbados; Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy; Saba and St. Eustatius; and St. Maarten. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Beryl is a windy mess, but tropical storm warnings and watches remain for some islands," 8 July 2018 This year, his administration put out another list of 600 people, including a UN Special Rapporteur, alleged to be communist terrorists. Joseph Hincks, Time, "Duterte is Assassinating Opponents Under the Cover of the Drug War, Philippine Rights Groups Say," 5 July 2018 Overland Park recently put out a request for proposal to explore what the damages may have been for the city. Kelsey Ryan And Andy Marso, kansascity, "Local government suits accuse opioid makers of turning 'patients into drug addicts'," 2 July 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


put·​out | \ˈpu̇t-ˌau̇t \

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