Out is defined as away, in the open, into existence, visible or clearly.adverb
- 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.
The definition of out is something beyond the set limit or boundary.adjective
An example of out is a baseball hit over the fence or the field.
Out means someone who is openly gay.adjective
An example of out is Ellen DeGeneres.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME < OE ut, akin to ON út, Ger aus < IE base *ud-, up, up away > Sans úd-, L 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: < out
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- 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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