• Out


    • enPR: out, IPA: /aʊt/
    • Australia IPA: /æɔt/, /æʊt/
    • Canada IPA: /ʌʊt/
    • Scotland IPA: /ɘʉt/
    • Rhymes: -aʊt


    From a combination of Old English ūt (from Proto-Germanic *ūt) and ūte. Cognate with West Frisian út, Dutch uit, German aus, Norwegian/Swedish ut, ute, Danish ud, ude.

    Full definition of out



    1. Away from home or one's usual place, or not indoors.Let's eat out tonightLeave a message with my secretary if I'm out when you call.
    2. Away from; at a distance.Keep out!
    3. Away from the inside or the centre.The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
    4. Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.Switch the lights out.Put the fire out.
    5. To the end; completely.I hadn't finished. Hear me out.
      • Bible, Psalms iv. 23Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
    6. Used to intensify or emphasize.The place was all decked out for the holidays.
    7. (cricket, baseball) Of a player, disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).



    • (not at home) in


    1. Away from the inside.He threw it out the door.
    2. (colloquial) outsideIt's raining out.It's cold out.



    • (away from the inside) in



    (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 hit wicket, wherein the bowler has hit the batsman's wicket with the ball.
    4. (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
    5. (dated) A trip out; an outing.
      • 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 plural) One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.
    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.


    1. (transitive) To eject; to expel.
      • Seldena king outed from his country
      • HeylinThe French have been outed of their holds.
    2. (transitive) To reveal (a person) to be secretly homosexual.
    3. (transitive) To reveal (a person or organization) as having a certain secret.
    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.
      • ShakespeareTruth will out.



    1. (obsolete) Of a young lady, having entered society and available to be courted.
      • 1814, Mansfield Park"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."
    2. released, available for purchase, download or other useDid you hear? Their newest CD is out!
    3. (cricket, baseball) Of a batter or batsman, having caused an out called on himself while batting under various rules of the game.
    4. Openly acknowledging one's homosexuality.It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.

    Usage notes

    In cricket, the specific cause or rule under which a batsman is out appears after the word "out", eg, "out hit the ball twice".

    In baseball, the cause is expressed as a verb with adverbial "out", eg, "he grounded out".


    • (openly acknowledging one's homosexuality) openly gay


    • (disqualified from playing) in, safe
    • (openly acknowledging one's homosexuality) closeted

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