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

But first baseman Tyler White caught the putout at first and immediately threw across the diamond to shortstop Kristopher Negron, who was covering third and tagged out Tatis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Stammen embraces (new) role; Castillo soon again maybe; Tatis runs into outs," 2 Aug. 2019 Shortstop Nico Hoerner, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2018, played all nine innings in center field Tuesday and made two putouts in Double-A Tennessee’s 8-3 loss to Mobile. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs catcher Willson Contreras vows his stay on the injured list will be short: ‘If it was (my choice), I’d be playing today’," 16 July 2019 With Muncy on first, Seager hit a slow roller back to the mound for the 1-3 putout; Muncy headed to third, which was uncovered because of the shift. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, "Dodgers club 4 homers, beat Sale, Red Sox 11-2," 14 July 2019 Bryant, who recorded the final putout of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland while playing third base, entered Tuesday’s game in left field in the bottom of the fourth. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs and White Sox at the All-Star Game: Lucas Giolito settles down, Javier Baez just misses and James McCann is a hit," 9 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After the most recent incident in May 2018, a fire raged for almost a week before water drops from military aircraft and helicopters helped put out the blaze. Time, "Thousands Evacuated Following Huge Explosions at Russian Ammunition Depot," 5 Aug. 2019 Firefighters from the Crosby, Atascocita, Sheldon and Houston fire departments worked together to supply enough water to put out the fire. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Firefighters face bullets 'going off,' lack of water at Houston-area house fire," 2 Aug. 2019 Although de Blasio is currently trying to put out the fire that has been lit underneath his campaign, firing Pantaleo is not within his jurisdiction as mayor. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Protesters Interrupt Democratic Debate Demanding Justice For Eric Garner," 1 Aug. 2019 Several candidates have been putting out policy proposals ahead of the debate, likely as a way to get out in front of rivals’ criticism. Sara Burnett, The Denver Post, "Debate gives some Democrats like Hickenlooper a last chance to shine," 30 July 2019 Several candidates have been putting out policy proposals ahead of the debate, likely as a way to get out in front of rivals' criticism. Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Stakes rising for 2020 Dems ahead of 2nd presidential debate," 29 July 2019 Vining types will continue to put out new vining branches and may need to be controlled. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Heavenly honeysuckle has 180 species, and one will be right for you," 26 July 2019 People evacuating could carpool, which would reduce some congestion on Highway 87 as thick smoke sets in, or find refuge at the elementary school next to senior center, where Chief Morris said a truck would be stationed to put out spot fires. AZCentral.com, "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 The company plans to partner with food companies rather than create its own brand, but decided to put out this limited run to introduce customers to the concept of animal-free dairy. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "The First Animal-Free Ice Cream Hits the Market," 11 July 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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