out
Pronunciation
  • (RP, GA) enPR: out, IPA: /aʊt/
  • (Australia) IPA: /æɔt/, /æʊt/
  • (Canada) IPA: /ʌʊt/
  • (Scotland) IPA: /ɘʉt/
Adverb

out (not comparable)

See also individual phrasal verbs such as come out, go out, put out, take out, pull out, and so on.
  1. Away from the inside or the centre.
    The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
  2. Away from home or one's usual place.
    Let's eat out tonight
  3. Outside; not indoors.
    Last night we slept out under the stars.
  4. Away from; at a distance.
    Keep out!
  5. Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.
    Switch the lights out.
    Put the fire out.
  6. To the end; completely.
    I hadn't finished. Hear me out.
    • Bible, Psalms iv. 23:
      Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
  7. Used to intensify or emphasize.
    The place was all decked out for the holidays.
  8. (of the sun, moon, stars, etc.) So as to be visible in the sky, and not covered by clouds, fog, etc.
    The sun came out after the rain, and we saw a rainbow.
  9. (cricket, baseball) Of a player, so as to be disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).
    Wilson was bowled out for five runs.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (not at home) in
Translations Translations
  • German: heraus (motion toward the speaker), hinaus (motion away from the speaker), draußen
  • Portuguese: fora, afora
  • Russian: (not used for "not at home") снару́жи
  • Spanish: afuera
Translations Preposition
  1. (nonstandard, contraction of out of) Away from the inside.
    He threw it out the door.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (away from the inside) in
Translations
  • German: aus
  • Portuguese: para fora
  • Russian: из
  • Spanish: fuera
Noun

out (plural outs)

  1. A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc.
    They wrote the law to give those organizations an out.
  2. (baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play due to the application of various rules of the game such as striking out, hitting a fly ball which is caught by the fielding team before bouncing, etc.
  3. (cricket) A dismissal; a state in which a member of the batting team finishes his turn at bat, due to the application of various rules of the game, such as the bowler knocking over the batsman's wicket with the ball.
  4. (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
    • 2006, David Apostolico, Lessons from the Professional Poker Tour (page 21)
      If he did have a bigger ace, I still had at least six outs — the case ace, two nines, and three tens. I could also have more outs if he held anything less than A-K.
  5. (dated) A trip out; an outing.
    • 1852-53, Charles Dickens, Bleak House
      Us London lawyers don't often get an out; and when we do, we like to make the most of it, you know.
  6. (mostly, in the plural) One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.
    Antonyms: in
    • 1827, Benjamin Chew, A Sketch of the Politics, Relations, and Statistics, of the Western World (page 192)
      This memoir has nothing to do with the question between the ins and the outs; it is intended neither to support nor to assail the administration; it is general in its views upon a general and national subject; […]
  7. A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space.
  8. (printing, dated) A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.
Translations Verb

out (outs, present participle outing; past and past participle outed)

  1. (transitive) To eject; to expel.
    • a king outed from his country
    • The French have been outed of their holds.
  2. (transitive, LGBT) To reveal (a person) to be queer.
  3. (transitive) To reveal (a person or organization) as having a certain secret, such as a being a secret agent or undercover detective.
  4. (transitive) To reveal (a secret).
    A Brazilian company outed the new mobile phone design.
  5. (intransitive) To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public or apparent.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      Truth will out.
Synonyms Translations Adjective

out (not comparable)

  1. Not at home; not at one's office or place of employment.
    I'm sorry, Mr Smith is out at the moment.
  2. Released, available for purchase#Noun|purchase, download#Noun|download or other use.
    Did you hear? Their newest CD is out!
  3. (in various games; used especially of a batsman or batter in cricket or baseball) Dismissed from play under the rules of the game.
    He bowls, Johnson pokes at it ... and ... Johnson is out! Caught behind by Ponsonby!
  4. Openly acknowledging that one is queer and/or genderqueer.
    It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.
    • 2011, Allan Bérubé, My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History:
      I had not come out yet and he was out but wasn't; quite ungay, I would say, and yet gay.
  5. (of flowers) In bloom.
    The garden looks beautiful now that the roses are out.
  6. (of the sun, moon or stars) Visible in the sky; not obscured by clouds.
    The sun is out, and it's a lovely day.
  7. (of lamps, fires etc.) Not shining or burning.
    I called round to the house but all the lights were out and no one was home.
  8. (of ideas, plans, etc.) Discarded; no longer a possibility.
    Right, so that idea's out. Let's move on to the next one.
  9. No longer popular or in fashion.
    Black is out this season. The new black is white.
  10. Without; no longer in possession of; not having more
    Do you have any bread? Sorry, we're out.
  11. (of calculations or measurements) Containing errors or discrepancies; in error by a stated amount.
    Nothing adds up in this report. All these figures are out.
    The measurement was out by three millimetres.
  12. (obsolete) Of a young lady: having entered society and available to be court#Verb|courted.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter V, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224 ↗, page 98 ↗:
      "Pray, is she out, or is she not?—I am puzzled.—She dined at the Parsonage, with the rest of you, which seemed like being out; and yet she says so little, that I can hardly suppose she is."
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (disqualified from playing) in, safe
  • (openly acknowledging one's homosexuality) closeted
Interjection
  1. (procedure word, especially, military) A radio procedure word meaning that the station is finished with its transmission and does not expect a response.
    Destruction. Two T-72s destroyed. Three foot mobiles down. Out.
  2. Get out; begone; away!
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth
      Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
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