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

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 Happ made three putouts and was credited with three assists Wednesday. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Ian Happ is the latest Cub to get a look at 2nd base — and his hot hitting could make it an extended stay," 8 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sometime soon, the Air Force will put out a call for submissions. Wired, "The Air Force Will Let Hackers Try to Hijack an Orbiting Satellite," 17 Sep. 2019 An officer initially put out a call for all possible assistance, the situation was quickly brought under control. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "2 carjacking suspects in custody following chase, crash in east Birmingham," 9 Sep. 2019 With an eye toward St. Paul’s growing diversity, the Ramsey County Historical Society has put out a call for artists to help redecorate the city council chambers in St. Paul City Hall. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Historical society hosts competition for rotating replacements for St. Paul City Council’s controversial wall art," 8 Sep. 2019 Each spring and fall, the state agency puts out a call for volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep, which this year runs from September 14-October 1. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Here’s How You Can Help Keep North Carolina Beautiful This Fall," 8 Sep. 2019 On Friday, the president authorized the armed forces to put out fires, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Denver Post, "Brazilian troops deploy to fight Amazon fires," 24 Aug. 2019 Restrictions on rerecording songs have been common since the Everly Brothers put out fresh versions of past hits on a new label in the early ’60s, according to Tavern. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Taylor Swift Says She Will Rerecord Her Old Music. Here’s How.," 22 Aug. 2019 Some launch sustainable lines within their broader ranges, while others put out collections of more sustainable items, or develop sustainable materials for use in a limited range of products. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "4 things brands should do for the environment instead of launching a new sustainable line," 1 Aug. 2019 When not putting out fires, Hay is building heat in a different way. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "The Secret Plan to Rehabilitate Jeffrey Epstein's Image," 16 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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