space out


spaced out; spacing out; spaces out

intransitive verb

informal : to become inattentive, distracted, or mentally remote
spaced out halfway through the lecture

Examples of space out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since they’re both absorbed by the small intestine, they should be spaced out so as to not compete for absorption. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2024 The toughest games left on its schedule are Ryle, Montgomery County and Simon Kenton, but those are spaced out enough that the Bluebirds will have time to recover from each. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 19 Jan. 2024 There will be six winners for the six cars, and they will be spaced out through July. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 The five-county region had 81 million square feet of vacant office space out of 398 million square feet of supply at the end of 2023, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2024 Many workers in the city’s bustling tech sector traded their downtown office for a desk at a home with lower rent and more space out of town — or out of state. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 Where spacing out timber seems like a pretty simple task, there are definitely right and wrong ways of pulling off the look successfully. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Massive spaces out in the suburbs may take even longer to draw interest, local experts say. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Sit spaced out across the Thanksgiving table to cover maximum conversational ground. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 18 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of space out was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Space out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

space out

: to become inattentive or distracted
spaced out halfway through the lecture
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