- The definition of out is something beyond the set limit or boundary.
An example of out is a baseball hit over the fence or the field.
- Out means someone who is openly gay.
An example of out is Ellen DeGeneres.
- Out is defined as away, in the open, into existence, visible or clearly.
- An example of out is having a date, to go out.
- An example of out is going to the park to play, to be out in the park.
- An example of out is leaving one room to another, to go out of the room.
A little girl playing out in her yard.
out definition by Webster's New World
- away from, forth from, or removed from a place, position, or situation: they live ten miles out
- away from home: to go out for dinner
- away from shore
- on strike
- into or in the open air: come out and play
- into or in existence or activity: disease broke out
- to a conclusion or result: argue it out
- completely, fully, or to the point of exhaustion: tired out, dry out
- in full bloom, or in leaf
- into sight or notice: the moon came out
- into or in circulation: to put out a new style
- into or in society: debutantes who come out
- from existence, operation, or activity: fade out, burn out, die out
- so as to remove from power or office: vote them out
- forcefully; aloud: sing out, speak out
- beyond a regular or normal surface, condition, or position: stand out, eke out, lengthen out
- away from the interior, center, or midst [spread out, reach out, branch out]: sometimes implying sharing or dividing [deal out, sort out]
- from one state, as of composure, harmony, or agreement, into another, as of annoyance, discord, or disagreement: to feel put out; friends may fall out
- into or in disuse, discard, or obsolescence: long skirts went out
- from a number, group, or stock: pick out
- Slang into or in unconsciousness: to pass out
- Baseball in a manner that results in an out: to fly out
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English ut, akin to Old Norse út, German aus ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ud-, up, up away from source Sanskrit úd-, Classical Latin us(que)
- external: usually in combination [outpost, outfield]
- beyond regular limits
- outlying; remote
- going or directed outward: an out flight
- away from work, school, etc.: out because of sickness
- bared because of torn clothing, etc.: out at the elbow
- deviating from what is accurate or right: out in one's estimates
- not in effective use, operation, etc.
- turned off; extinguished
- not to be considered; not possible
- in disagreement; at variance
- that is not successful or in power
- deliberating in order to reach a verdict: the jury is still out
- ☆ Informal having suffered a financial loss: out fifty dollars
- Informal no longer popular, fashionable, etc.; outmoded
- Informal publicly identified as being homosexual
- Baseball failing or having failed to get on base
- out of; through to the outside: he walked out the door
- along, and away from a central location or some other point of departure: to drive out a country road
- Old Poet. forth from: usually preceded by the preposition from used without a distinct meaning or syntactic function: a rousing cry from out the trumpet's throat
- something that is out
- a person, group, etc. that is not in power, in office, or in a favored position: usually used in pl.
- ☆ Slang a way out; means of avoiding something; excuse
- ☆ Baseball the failure of a batter or runner to reach base safely
- ☆ Printing
- the omission of a word or words
- the word or words omitted
- Racket Sports a service or return that lands out of bounds
- Now Chiefly Dial. to put out
- ☆ Informal to identify publicly as a homosexual (a person not previously so identified)
- get out; go away; begone
- communication completed: term used in radio communication
- situated at or coming from a point away, outside, external: outbuilding, outpatient
- going away or forth, outward: outbound
- better, greater, or more than: used to form verbs from verbs, adjectives, or certain nouns naming persons, actors, or agents [outdo, outsell, outsmart, outgeneral, out-Herod]: a frequent usage in such self-explanatory terms as the following:
Origin: ; from out
out definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In a direction away from the inside: Let's go out and look at the stars.
- Away from the center or middle: The troops fanned out.
- a. Away from a usual place: stepped out for a drink of water; went out for the evening.b. Out of normal position: threw his back out.c. Out-of-bounds.
- a. From inside a building or shelter into the open air; outside: The boy went out to play.b. In the open air; outside: Is it snowing out?
- a. From within a container or source: drained the water out.b. From among others: picked out the thief in the crowd.
- a. To exhaustion or depletion: The supplies have run out.b. Into extinction or imperceptibility: The fire has gone out.c. To a finish or conclusion: Play the game out.d. To the fullest extent or degree: all decked out for the dance.e. In or into competition or directed effort: went out for the basketball team; was out to win.
- In or into a state of unconsciousness: The drug put him out for two hours.
- a. Into being or evident existence: The new car models have come out.b. Into public circulation: The paper came out early today.
- Into view: The moon came out.
- Without inhibition; boldly: Speak out.
- Into possession of another or others; into distribution: giving out free passes.
- a. Into disuse or an unfashionable status: Narrow ties have gone out.b. Into a state of deprivation or loss: voted the incompetent governor out.
- In the time following; afterward: “to gauge economic conditions six months out” (Christian Science Monitor).
- Abbr. O Baseball So as to be retired, or counted as an out: He grounded out to the shortstop.
- On strike: The auto workers went out when management refused to reduce outsourcing.
- Exterior; external: the out surface of a ship's hull.
- Directed away from a place or center; outgoing: the out doorway.
- Traveling or landing out-of-bounds.
- a. Not operating or operational: The power has been out for a week.b. Extinguished: The lights were out next door.
- Unconscious: was out for an hour during surgery.
- Not to be considered or permitted: A taxi is out, because we don't have enough money. From now on, eating candy before dinner is out.
- No longer fashionable.
- No longer existing in one's possession or supplies: I can't offer you coffee because we're out.
- Informal Openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual: an out performer.
- Baseball Not allowed to continue to bat or run; retired.
- Forth from; through: He fell out the window.
- Beyond or outside of: Out this door is the garage.
- Within the area of: The house has a garden out back.
- One that is out, especially one who is out of power.
- Informal A means of escape: The window was my only out.
- Baseball a. A play in which a batter or base runner is retired.b. The player retired in such a play.
- Sports A serve or return that falls out of bounds in a court game.
- Printing A word or other part of a manuscript omitted from the printed copy.
- Sports To send (a tennis ball, for example) outside the court or playing area.
- To expose (one considered to be heterosexual) as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual: a tabloid article that outed a well-known politican.
- Chiefly British To knock unconscious.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English ūt; see ud- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: From out.
out - Phrases/Idioms
on the outs
out and away
out and out
out from under
- from inside of
- from the number of
- past the boundaries or scope of; beyond
- from (material, etc.) made out of stone
- because of out of spite
- given birth by: said of animals
- not in possession of; having no out of money, out of gas
- not in a condition out of order, out of focus
- so as to deprive or be deprived of cheat out of money
out of itSlang
- not sophisticated, fashionable, etc.; not hip, with-it, etc.
- in a diminished or impaired mental state; specif., confused, intoxicated, unconscious, etc.
out one's way
out on one's feetâ
- dazed or stunned, but still standing: said esp. of a boxer
- completely exhausted
- in or at a place or places regarded as being distant or remote, outside, etc.
- crazy; insane
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