Definition of out in English:



  • 1Moving or appearing to move away from a particular place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden.

    ‘he walked out into the street’
    ‘watch the stars come out’
    • ‘Then at midnight people just appeared out on the street with bubbly, singing Auld Lang Syne.’
    • ‘We were burgled at a previous house when we popped out for twenty minutes to the grocery store.’
    • ‘The castle is built on a headland that protrudes out from the coast, and is almost an island.’
    • ‘When the lifeboat reached it, the RNLI crew pumped out the water and restarted the engine.’
    • ‘I stand up, a little bit more carefully than usual, and walk extra-steadily out to the car.’
    • ‘She slowly took that key out from under her dress and placed it on the ground.’
    • ‘The crew also gets called out to any incident involving a person reported to be in a river or a canal.’
    • ‘I grabbed a piece of toast and let myself out of the house.’
    • ‘Just one in six women and one in five men now think the woman should stay at home while the man goes out to work.’
    • ‘Fortunately I was able to move the car out, enabling me to get mother and her wheelchair into the car.’
    • ‘They led their horses on foot along the single narrow road that led out of the forest.’
    • ‘Three hundred feet below, a red inflatable boat chugged out from the beach towards a strong swimmer.’
    • ‘We walked right out again and thought back to our nice big, nice empty inn beside the field of the two nights before.’
    • ‘The rain had let up and the sun was beginning to peek out from behind the leaden clouds.’
    • ‘I often go out for a walk and sometimes I walk home from college, which is quite a long way.’
    • ‘He did not know how the accused gained entry into the house and immediately ordered him out.’
    • ‘Then, without a word, he stormed out of the room, slamming the door shut as he went.’
    • ‘In the night the wind freshened and at about two we had to crawl out from beneath billows of collapsed canvas.’
    • ‘When we left our building and headed out into Times Square, it felt like stepping straight into a scene of a film.’
    • ‘He took a deep breath and let it out slowly, trying to relax.’
    1. 1.1 Situated or operating in the open air, away from buildings.
      ‘the search-and-rescue team have been out looking for you’
      • ‘They fear a future incident could spark a situation where the force's armed response team is called out.’
      • ‘People argue it is a community thing, good exercise for the horses and a good weekend activity out in the fresh air.’
      • ‘I can tell when people are smoking nearby and I'm out in the open air and it just puts my back up.’
      • ‘Despite her exhaustion, she quickened her pace, eager to be out in the open air.’
      • ‘City of York Council said that its gritters were out treating the city's roads as snow started to fall.’
      • ‘I was also afraid that my parents had already found out that I had left and were out looking for me.’
      • ‘She's out in the open air whooping and calling across the fields in a frenzy of vocal exploration!’
      • ‘Drugs teams were also out in force, warrants were executed and arrests were made for a variety of crimes.’
      • ‘If you're out on the streets walking with other people who share your outrage it helps give you heart.’
      • ‘Three of the planes took part in a flying display out in the warm spring sunshine.’
      • ‘In a canoe and out in the open air there is plenty of fun to be had shooting the weirs and riding the waves.’
    2. 1.2 No longer detained in prison.
      ‘they would be out on bail in no time’
      • ‘By the time he gets out in eight years, he'll be … what? Thirty-three?’
      • ‘The judge imposed 12-month sentences for each of the three offences, to run concurrently, and said Hunter could be out in six months.’
      • ‘The 24 year-old is out on bail pending a court appearance on Monday.’
      • ‘And it's unfortunate that the judge has let him out on bail.’
  • 2Situated far or at a particular distance from somewhere.

    ‘an old farmhouse right out in the middle of nowhere’
    ‘they lived eight miles out of town’
    ‘a cold front hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic’
    • ‘Half a mile out from the bay we cut the engine and raised the two sails.’
    • ‘New Zealand had a small dependent island hundreds of miles out in the South Pacific called Niue.’
    • ‘About two miles out from the pub, I developed another slow puncture in my rear tyre.’
    • ‘A post-mortem is due to be carried out today by a senior civilian pathologist who will fly out from Britain.’
    • ‘I can get Sky Sports out here and watch three Premiership games every Saturday.’
    • ‘Thankfully such days are rare, and today, out in the Selkirk Range, it isn't one of them.’
    • ‘Their old house was out in the middle of nowhere - there was no one around for miles.’
    • ‘The plane was about five miles out from the airport.’
    • ‘We picked up a hitchhiker about ten miles out of town.’
    • ‘Well, I loved it out in New Zealand.’
    • ‘On the water ducks and coots patrolled the margins and further out was a dinghy.’
    • ‘Thirty yards out from the town goal on the grass embankment was where our group could be found.’
    1. 2.1 To sea, away from the land.
      ‘the Persian fleet put out from Cyprus’
      • ‘Captain Lowe immediately put his ship about, felt her come free and then headed out to sea.’
      • ‘Still, better to be safe and on dry land than to be out at sea in the middle of all that chaos.’
      • ‘Rather than swimming from the beach to a dive site at the point of the cove, divers were paddling kayaks out.’
      • ‘To obtain a complete overview of the ship, we swim along the main mast out to the open water.’
      • ‘The Pacific Squadron was maintained with ships sent out on rotation from the Baltic.’
      • ‘Families were split up, put on to different boats and shoved out into the Atlantic.’
      • ‘Notice that we are discounting the possibility of heading out to sea to avoid the storm.’
      • ‘The ship put out from Sheerness on December 7, 1872.’
      • ‘A pair of longtail water taxis ferry divers, kit and the last of the supplies out to the mooring.’
      • ‘But once the fleet put out to sea, communication vanished.’
    2. 2.2 (of the tide) falling or at its lowest level.
      ‘the tide was going out’
      • ‘If the tide is out, there are usually half a dozen seals sleeping on the rocks, and we just sit there and watch.’
      • ‘The tide was still out when we got back to shore, so we could not moor close to the jetty.’
      • ‘He and his son had plunged from the bridge when the tide was out and fallen on to mud.’
      • ‘Always keep in mind the tide will continue to run after the listed high tide and out after the low tide.’
      • ‘Outside was not a lot better, as the tide was out and I was looking into the sun.’
      • ‘We often think of tides flowing in and out, but this is the effect of the water levels changing.’
      • ‘When the tide is out, the sands stretch offshore almost as far as the eye can see.’
      • ‘When the tide is fully out the owner of the weir simply walks down the foreshore and takes the catch from the traps.’
      • ‘The beach is enormous and there are plenty of caves to explore when the tide's out.’
      • ‘When the tide is out the sand flats are busy with a variety of wading birds.’
      • ‘When the tide is out and the sand is hard I ride my bike from sea wall to breaking waves.’
      • ‘The tide was out and to my dismay I found the beach a disgrace and an indictment on our society.’
      • ‘The old woman kept her word, and so it is that the tide rushes in and out again twice each day.’
    3. 2.3 Indicating a specified distance away from the goal line or finishing line.
      ‘he scored from 70 metres out’
      • ‘Five minutes later, York were awarded a penalty 25 metres out in front of the posts.’
      • ‘Malton should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty ten metres out in front of the posts.’
      • ‘The race was marred by the fall of Ginger Jack two and a half furlongs out.’
      • ‘They were awarded a penalty for offside 10 yards out and Horne scored his fourth try.’
      • ‘Van Straaten converted again but then added a phenomenal penalty from 60 metres out.’
  • 3Away from home.

    ‘he's gone out’
    1. 3.1 In or to a public place for purposes of pleasure or entertainment.
      ‘an evening out at a restaurant’
      • ‘While most of us are out partying, the family will be trying to come to terms with their terrible loss.’
      • ‘For the first time in ages, everyone in the office went out for a drink together.’
      • ‘We went out for a drink afterwards with the group and Charlie, our Musical Director.’
      • ‘Last week he took me out for a drink at the pub, and then we went to the cinema.’
      • ‘We want to make sure that people out for an enjoyable night don't have it spoiled by others.’
      • ‘Continental drinkers tend to drink to enhance their meal, or their evening out.’
      • ‘Mr Doyle went home, but his wife had gone out for the evening, so he went to a telephone box and called an ambulance.’
      • ‘Sponsored by the Evening Press, this promises to be a great day out for all the family.’
      • ‘It is not so much the fact that we have to pay an extra £6 to enjoy an evening out, it is the principle.’
      • ‘One night we went out for a few drinks and then came back home and sat in my room.’
      • ‘It may be that some members want to organise trips out or other activities.’
      • ‘He said he had been out for a meal and had some wine the night before and did not think he was over the limit the next morning.’
      • ‘The youth had been out for the evening with friends and had taken the N285 night bus home.’
      • ‘Last night Ian and I went down to Farnham to take her and Dad out for a Chinese meal.’
      • ‘If any of us was out for the evening, he would wait by the front door until we came home.’
      • ‘Young Continentals see drinking as an accessory to an evening out, not its main purpose.’
      • ‘I was appalled to discover that my evening out was going to double in price.’
      • ‘He informed the crews that he had been out for the evening and had decided to cook some food.’
      • ‘He lived at the bungalow with his mother and had been out for the evening.’
      • ‘The old days of going out for a couple of drinks in your local seems to be a thing of the past.’
      • ‘We hang out and chat a lot, visit each other's homes or go out to eat after the show.’
  • 4So as to be revealed or known.

    ‘find out what you can’
    • ‘It would be great if you could help us get the word out about this matter.’
    • ‘When word got out that me and mom were moving to California, everyone in the church was sad.’
    • ‘The exhibition is part of a glassmaking degree and Mr Devereux should find out his final mark in the next two weeks.’
    • ‘He only found out about the romance a few days before the alleged murder on July 24 this year.’
    • ‘She telephoned from the family's new home in Devon at the end of the evening to find out how it was going.’
    • ‘Upon returning home I found out that snowball fights can be pretty tiring.’
    • ‘If my team-mates or the media had found out, my career would have been finished.’
    • ‘So you can imagine my pleasure of finding out about this particular story.’
    • ‘He risked his life to get the word out about the atrocities that were taking place.’
    • ‘However, much hinges on what figures on lending activity due out this Thursday will show.’
    • ‘They had told them to read the Evening Press to find out what was happening.’
    • ‘As always, the deaths will make the headlines, yet the public will never find out why.’
    • ‘As a result, Sussex Police last night launched a murder inquiry in an effort to find out how the fire began.’
    • ‘He has played a key role in growing the business by looking out for opportunities.’
    • ‘We felt it was in the public interest to find out, and got on the phone to their press office.’
    • ‘Everyone entering the competition will find out about local services to help them stop smoking.’
    • ‘Wiltshire County Council is running a summer poetry competition to seek out the best local talent.’
    • ‘We are asking parents to watch out for these toys and shopkeepers to take them off sale.’
    • ‘So now they will have read this and found out that I was pretending to ignore them.’
    • ‘I went back to Barnsley to find out the situation there and then went straight down to Bradford.’
    1. 4.1 Aloud; so as to be heard.
      ‘Miss Beard cried out in horror’
      • ‘I heard him cry out in anger and pain as he released me and moved his hands up to his face.’
      • ‘She shouted out a warning, but she was too late.’
      • ‘He later told his older sister that he heard his friend cry out after the explosion.’
      • ‘He could hear voices from the kitchen and his name being shouted out and then he heard a loud banging on the toilet door.’
      • ‘In response, he cries out for her not to leave him, desperation depicted on his face.’
      • ‘He then proceeded to explain the first quarter of the book, reading bits out.’
      • ‘Over by one of the many computers in the office a man shouted out in excitement.’
      • ‘It is not surprising the townsfolk cry out; the wonder rather is that they do nothing else.’
      • ‘He actually typed it out and kept it with him though when he read it out he didn't use the Welsh accent which it demands.’
      • ‘When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.’
      • ‘Nobody in the group heard her cry out and they were not aware she had fallen until they reached a gate and looked back.’
      • ‘Triona, who wrote the letter on behalf of everyone, read it out to Mary in the ward.’
      • ‘She never spoke out in classes unless she had to.’
      • ‘The school read their report out, and the Board asked a few questions and had their say.’
      • ‘There weren't many people there, but I've not read stuff out to folk for ages, so that was ok.’
      • ‘She told how she heard her daughter cry out as she was attacked and robbed of her mobile phone.’
      • ‘His body was covered in horrific bedsores that caused him to cry out in pain whenever they were touched.’
      • ‘The owner cried out in horror from her bathroom window and the group of men walked off.’
      • ‘The victim cried out as he fell which alerted other crewmen but they were unable to rescue him.’
      • ‘He shall rescue the poor man when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.’
      • ‘The schoolgirl said she had been scared and had wanted to cry out but she couldn't seem to find her voice.’
  • 5At or to an end.

    ‘the romance fizzled out’
    • ‘Our direct interest in proceedings had fizzled out the day before, of course.’
    • ‘They had a brief romance, which fizzled out when he joined the Royal Navy.’
    • ‘Can we make a charge for a European place, or will the season fizzle out disappointingly?’
    • ‘It bears loving testimony to a passion that refuses to fizzle out.’
    • ‘The affair fizzled out within a couple of years.’
    • ‘Negotiations between them fizzled out when the boxers failed to agree on a suitable weight.’
    • ‘Ken and Lisi wrote to each other for a few years but eventually their correspondence fizzled out.’
    • ‘She claims the affair fizzled out but that she spoke to him on the phone as late as August last year.’
    • ‘Two of the five were killed and another was injured by the time the evening was out.’
    • ‘It is happening, but many opportunities show up on the radar at the start of the pipeline and then fizzle out.’
    • ‘Officers left manning the desk told residents they feared a riot and preferred to let the rave fizzle out.’
    • ‘This was typified by the way the event just fizzled out when protesters returned to Union Square.’
    • ‘As the last of the fireworks fizzled out she felt her chance slipping away.’
    1. 5.1 So as to be finished or complete.
      ‘I'll leave them to fight it out’
      ‘I typed out the poem’
      • ‘Today, the winners of the different categories will also fight it out for the honour of being Best in Show.’
      • ‘But deep into overtime both quarterbacks are on the bench while the two teams wrestle it out.’
      • ‘The division shows two good teams battling it out for a chance to play in the country's top division.’
      • ‘Anyone who considers poverty to be Scotland's most urgent problem should hear Murray out.’
      • ‘The bands were chosen by the public to battle it out for a Christmas number one.’
      • ‘I'm just interested in my school work from now on and they can fight it out among themselves.’
      • ‘Bowling took full advantage and played out the final minutes in relative comfort.’
      • ‘He believes the war that now has to be waged will be long, dirty and mostly fought out behind the scenes.’
      • ‘The pair are fighting it out as travellers weigh up the best method of getting to the capital.’
      • ‘Who'd have had them two down to be battling it out for the man-of-the-match award?’
      • ‘Please hear him out before making a judgement.’
      • ‘Ilkley played out the remainder of the game without giving anything away to encourage the home team.’
      • ‘In turn, the bigger clubs will fight it out for places in the premium-level Champions league.’
      • ‘If anyone can provide me with a good argument for this I would be glad to hear you out.’
      • ‘He did not want to play out any long rallies and went for winners right from the start - a ploy that didn't work.’
      • ‘The horse dropped back after the second last, leaving the other two to fight out a memorable finish.’
      • ‘It then becomes the battle of the sexes as the two fight it out for the coveted Christmas number one spot.’
      • ‘Eleven candidates have been fighting it out, but this morning it remained unclear who had won.’
      • ‘Now in its third year, the event saw 19 rowing teams battling it out on the Swindon lake.’
      • ‘They should have chucked him out last weekend, and let the final four fight it out.’
    2. 5.2 In various other completive uses.
      ‘the crowd had thinned out’
      ‘he crossed out a word’
      • ‘The weather is still glorious, the crowds have thinned out and prices have tumbled.’
      • ‘Mrs Schofield helped out with group activities and acted as escort on day trips.’
      • ‘They will be sent out to businesses and public buildings such as libraries and council buildings.’
      • ‘Evergreen plants have been used for centuries to mark out the lines of a garden.’
      • ‘However, you may have noticed that I've blanked out two words in the above extract.’
      • ‘The last words were crossed out and new wording was substituted in manuscript.’
      • ‘After all the mix-ups, the disasters were averted and the romances were all sorted out.’
      • ‘It is worth reading - perhaps print it out and read it on your next visit to a beach.’
      • ‘Maggie is quite horrifyingly selfish and happy to sponge off Ella while she susses out the situation.’
      • ‘The men marched off with the band playing loudly to drown out the cries of the women.’
      • ‘Our assistant director typed out every word spoken in the book in correct order as a reference document.’
      • ‘Out in the ruined west of the city, where most of the film was shot, the traffic jams that clog the centre thin out.’
      • ‘A common forestry practice is to thin out Cypress Pine to get them to grow big and tall.’
      • ‘Some of the time the crowd drown him out completely, and he stalks the stage revelling in the adulation.’
      • ‘The path thinned out now as it wound past the private beach of a local five star hotel.’
      • ‘Plans are being made to improve the situation by developing a section of land and leasing it out to a community group.’
      • ‘Head the list with a few easy jobs and cross them out as they are accomplished.’
      • ‘You write the whole thing out word for word, check the spelling, check the grammar.’
      • ‘He would now begin to join in family activities, help out with tasks in the garden.’
      • ‘Print it out and read it on the bus if you don't have time to read all of it right now.’
  • 6(of a light or fire) so as to be extinguished or no longer burning.

    ‘at ten o'clock the lights went out’
    • ‘One of the bartenders grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and the fire alarm just went crazy.’
    • ‘He climbed in, passed the baby girl out to neighbours and then put the small fire out himself.’
    • ‘The plumber, who has not been named, tried to put the fire out with water but it spread into the roof space.’
    • ‘I was trying to put the fire out and I just couldn't do it, and then all the smoke started coming up the stairs.’
    • ‘The gas supply was turned off while they traced the leak to a pilot light that had gone out on a heater in one of the classrooms.’
    • ‘Dartford fireman Rob Chilmaid says it took around three hours to put the fire out.’
    • ‘By the time we had gotten to the room, the lights had already gone out twice and the floor seemed to be at an angle.’
    • ‘We found rare hours of quiet in the woods or at night after the bars and discos had closed and most of the lights had gone out.’
    • ‘My candle fell to the floor; the light snuffed out in an instant and the figure fell with it.’
    • ‘I ushered the man out but the woman followed me back into the kitchen and said not to put the fire out with water.’
    • ‘Scotland will have its mature debate one day, but not until the last light has gone out.’
    • ‘If you do have a chimney, he says, just remember to put the fire out before you go to bed.’
    • ‘His eyes bulged and he sat there, as though all the lights had gone out in his head.’
    • ‘Within thirty seconds, footsteps could be heard coming down the path, so the fire was stamped out.’
    • ‘In a synchronous move, the light has gone out on the top of the Dublin Spike.’
    • ‘Fortunately he was able to dash to his kitchen and return with a pan of water to put the fire out.’
    • ‘They jumped out, took off their jerseys and proceeded to beat the fire out with them.’
    • ‘Not much help when offices are shut over Christmas and your lights have just gone out.’
    1. 6.1 (of a stain or mark) no longer visible; removed.
      ‘try to get the stain out’
      • ‘I managed to get the stain out with some hydrogen peroxide and a little scrubbing.’
      • ‘My dress is ruined and I'll never get this stain out.’
  • 7No longer involved in a situation, competition, or activity.

    ‘Oxford United are out of the FA Cup’
    • ‘He has got glandular fever and may be out for a while yet.’
    • ‘I'd just got out of a very long relationship and I wanted some space.’
    • ‘The injury will keep Hussain out for up to five weeks and left him cursing his luck.’
    • ‘I was out for six months with an ankle injury.’
    • ‘A scan has revealed a bruised bone and with a few weeks out he should regain full fitness.’
    • ‘Millwall were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Liverpool amid unsavoury scenes both on and off the pitch.’
    • ‘England's captain said he knew he had broken ribs in an earlier tackle and would be out for a month.’
    • ‘Greig, who had been lined up to take the fifth kick, thought his team were out.’
    • ‘In addition to an awful run in the league, Arsenal knocked us out of the FA Cup.’
    • ‘They thought I could be out for another six weeks but I have come back much quicker than expected.’
    • ‘You would not have guessed he had been out for six weeks through injury.’
    • ‘England were knocked out of the World Cup today after a brave battle against Brazil.’
    • ‘If you don't get into line quickly in this competition you can be out before you've really begun.’
    • ‘Smith was voted out of office in that year's elections.’
    • ‘The following day he suggested that it was a good thing that Bolton Wanderers were out of the FA Cup.’
    • ‘Jason's mother often kept him at home to make sure he stayed out of trouble.’
    • ‘Mark has been been out for a long time - all season almost with the operation he had on his knee.’
    • ‘The boom in overseas sunshine bookings began the moment England got knocked out of the World Cup.’
    • ‘Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie was ruled out for the rest of the World Cup with a right heel injury.’
  • 8(of a jury) considering its verdict in secrecy.

    • ‘The jury were out the whole of the first day and sent a message that they could not reach a unanimous verdict.’
    • ‘The trial took seven working days and the jury were out for approximately seven hours before they convicted on Count 1 and went on to consider Counts 2 and 3.’


  • Non-standard contraction of out of.

    ‘he ran out the door’
    • ‘She was the one who pushed everyone out the door for activities.’
    • ‘Just before I could walk out the door he caught me by the arm.’
    • ‘Then she sat back in her leather office chair and gazed out her corner office window.’
    • ‘He grabbed his keys and ran out the door.’
    • ‘He spent his lunch hours staring out the window, wishing he could be working outside on the farm.’


  • 1predicative Not at home or at one's place of work.

    ‘if he called, she'd pretend to be out’
    • ‘A few weeks later, a parcel arrived while I was out.’
    • ‘I phoned Hari but he was out, so I left a message with his concierge.’
    • ‘Sorry, but if you're looking for my sister, she's out.’
    not here, not at home, not in, gone away, away, elsewhere, absent, away from one's desk
    not here, not at home, not in, gone away, away, elsewhere, absent, away from one's desk
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  • 2predicative Revealed or made public.

    ‘the secret was soon out’
    revealed, in the open, out in the open, common knowledge, public knowledge, known, disclosed, divulged, exposed
    revealed, in the open, out in the open, common knowledge, public knowledge, known, disclosed, divulged, exposed
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  • 3predicative (of a flower) in bloom; open.

    • ‘June, when the poppies are out, is one of the best times to visit Umbria.’
    • ‘The roses are out in our walled garden, and the sweet peas, and the apricot trees have finally got some very nice-looking fruit on them.’
    in flower, flowering, in bloom, in full bloom, blooming, in blossom, blossoming, open
    in flower, flowering, in bloom, in full bloom, blooming, in blossom, blossoming, open
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    1. 3.1 Published.
      ‘the book should be out before the end of the month’
      • ‘The new album is out next month and marks a return to U2's rock and roll roots.’
      • ‘My new book is out in eight weeks.’
      • ‘According to the band, they are going to New York to record and the album should be out before the end of the year.’
      available, obtainable, in the shops, published, in print, issued
      available, obtainable, in the shops, published, in print, issued
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    2. 3.2informal In existence or use.
      ‘it works as well as any system that's out’
      • ‘The systems aren't even out yet, neither are the full specifications.’
      • ‘To me he's the best underground producer out.’
      • ‘Technology is still working on improving our tan and there is a new system out called Airbrush Tanning.’
      • ‘Runaway is the best adventure game out right now.’
    3. 3.3dated (of a young upper-class woman) introduced into society.
      ‘where is the use of having a lot of dresses when she isn't out yet?’
      • ‘She's not ‘out’ yet, she's only in the schoolroom still.’
    4. 3.4 Open about one's homosexuality.
      ‘I had been out since I was 17’
  • 4predicative No longer alight; extinguished.

    ‘the fire was nearly out’
    • ‘Wilson returned to the store after dark and was concerned to find all the lights were out.’
    • ‘The lights were out, and the light of the stars and the moon was barely enough for her to see.’
    • ‘When I arrived at the dorm all the lights were out.’
    • ‘He said both police and council workers had been to see him, but said he knew there was little they could do as long as his fire was out.’
    • ‘All the lights were out and he couldn't see any movement in the conservatory.’
    • ‘A car drove by while he and his partner were on the night shift, and the back left tail light was out.’
    • ‘The night is clear after the cloudy day and the stars are bright now that the hotel's lights are out.’
    • ‘The fire's out, but it's still smouldering.’
    • ‘Firefighters alerted police and the fire was out before detectives arrived.’
    • ‘They should make fridges with little windows in them so you can be sure the light is out.’
    • ‘We had gone out for a couple of hours and when we returned the fire was almost out.’
    • ‘Firefighters managed to control the blaze before it spread and last night said the fire was out.’
    • ‘The fire was nearly out when we arrived.’
    not burning, extinguished, no longer alight, quenched, doused, dead, defunct
    not burning, extinguished, no longer alight, quenched, doused, dead, defunct
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  • 5predicative At an end.

    ‘school was out for the summer’
    • ‘As soon as school was out, the boys and I took off.’
    • ‘He lists his achievements with the self-assurance of a man who will probably be a millionaire before the year's out.’
    • ‘The temperature's going to drop another ten degrees before the week's out.’
    1. 5.1informal No longer in fashion.
      ‘grunge is out’
      • ‘Yes it's true, straight hair is out and curls are in.’
      • ‘When I released those albums punk was in and romance was out.’
      • ‘Celebrity stylist Luke O'Connor proclaimed ‘big hair and extensions are out’.’
      • ‘Personally, I'm glad cowboy boots are out.’
      no longer in fashion, out of fashion, unfashionable, out of style, dated, out of date, outdated, not in, behind the times
      no longer in fashion, out of fashion, unfashionable, out of style, dated, out of date, outdated, not in, behind the times
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  • 6predicative Not possible or worth considering.

    ‘a trip to the seaside is out for a start’
    • ‘The pool registers a seriously chilly 38 degrees, so swimming is out.’
    • ‘We've already done a movie, so that's out.’
  • 7predicative In a state of unconsciousness.

    • ‘You were out cold for five minutes.’
    • ‘He said he was knocked unconscious and thought he had been out for about two hours.’
    • ‘He's been out since I settled him on the couch. He'll be unconscious for a while yet.’
    unconscious, insensate, senseless, insentient, comatose, knocked out, passed out, blacked out, inert, stupefied, stunned
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    1. 7.1Boxing Unable to rise from the floor.
  • 8predicative Mistaken; in error.

    ‘he was slightly out in his calculations’
    • ‘How could an organisation with a previously excellent record of financial management be shown to be so far out in its calculations?’
    • ‘Maureen could be relied on to get the scores totted up in double quick time and was never out in her calculations.’
    • ‘The NRA's preliminary cost for the project was out by 46 percent.’
    mistaken, inaccurate, incorrect, wide of the mark, wrong, in error, off
    mistaken, inaccurate, incorrect, wide of the mark, wrong, in error, off
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  • 9predicative (of the ball in tennis and similar games) outside the designated playing area.

    • ‘Clijsters refused to comment when asked whether Henin-Hardenne might have influenced the umpire by indicating that the ball was out.’
  • 10Baseball Cricket
    predicative No longer batting or at bat; having had one's innings or at bat ended by the fielding side.

    ‘England were all out for 159’
    • ‘Chris Taylor was out for a duck in the second over.’
    • ‘Gloucestershire were all out for 347 in their first innings.’
    • ‘Leiter was out at first, but Ordonez advanced to second while Jay Payton scored.’


  • 1informal A way of escaping from a problem or dilemma.

    ‘he was desperately looking for an out’
    • ‘These factors would give him many outs for not building a missile defense system.’
    • ‘He was becoming sloppy and careless - I think he was looking for an out.’
    • ‘Evans is reportedly looking for an out after spending £8m on the team.’
  • 2Baseball
    An act of putting a player out.

    • ‘The next night, he made two outs in one inning, although he went 2-for - 4 with a home run in the game.’
    • ‘Well, if you strike out a bunch of guys and get the vast majority of the remaining outs via groundballs, you're not likely to allow too many home runs.’
    • ‘Simply put, the pitcher who can give up the least percentage of flyball outs is best on track for good overall numbers.’
    • ‘In three at-bats he hit into two double plays and one triple play to account for seven outs.’
    • ‘The biggest difference between them is in the number of outs that these two players have generated over the course of their careers.’
  • 3the outsThe political party not in office.

    • ‘Convinced that nothing would come of the political game of ins and outs, he turned away from parliament and the political parties in his search for sources of renewal.’
    • ‘This division between ins and outs had prompted a painful argument over the need to establish a forum for ministers from the ins, without causing a dangerous rupture from the outs.’
    • ‘The early Australian Labor Party, highly critical of the game of ins and outs in colonial politics, wanted the people to rule more directly.’


[with object]
  • 1Knock (someone) out.

  • 2informal Reveal the homosexuality of (a prominent person).

    • ‘I don't think there is any good argument for outing a closeted politician who supports gay rights.’
    • ‘The man who famously outed Peter Mandelson on Newsnight to a mouth-dropping response from Jeremy Paxman is remarkably candid about his own adventures in the gay underworld where, as an MP, he was a disaster waiting to happen.’
    • ‘The time after you are outed to someone and before they get used to the idea is a very sensitive period and during that period often a fatal pattern can be developed in which no one really knows what is ‘okay’ to talk about.’
    • ‘But, you know, if you went around outing people, I think you would suffer.’
    • ‘When she is outed by a tabloid, she finds that although the impact on her career is predictably negative, her friends react in unexpected ways, finally giving her the courage to chart a new course for her life.’
    • ‘As we eventually learn, Marty could have been a contender too were it not for the fact that he was outed as gay in his youth, sending him scurrying into the closet.’
    • ‘The participant was a lesbian stepmom who said, ‘My son outed me to his preschool.’’
    • ‘I also fervently hope we get to a point where outing someone as gay won't mean anything at all because the public will have grown up and realized that it doesn't matter at all.’
    • ‘It was Hodgkin, famously, who outed Bruce Chatwin in an interview with biographer Nicholas Shakespeare.’
    • ‘You write in your book that you came out in The Washington Post because you feared being outed in the gay press.’
    • ‘I also seldom agree with outing someone for the good of the whole community.’
    • ‘She had real regrets, I think, that she outed herself and outed other people - whom she made very unhappy.’
    • ‘This must have struck a chord with you, given that you were outed by a tabloid.’
    • ‘A friend of mine's dad found some letters that we'd been writing and took them to my parents, and that outed me.’
    • ‘None of this would have happened if Trinity hadn't violated my privacy rights by outing me to my parents without my consent.’
    • ‘He took a lot of criticism for outing her, but she was in the process of coming out anyway, so I don't know if that was so bad.’
    expose, unmask, uncover
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  • 3West Indian Extinguish.

    ‘out the lamp when you're ready’
  • 4dated Expel, reject, or dismiss.

    ‘they had outed Asquith quite easily’
    throw out, bar, ban, debar, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out, oust, remove, get rid of
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The use of out as a preposition (rather than the standard prepositional phrase out of), as in he threw it out the window, is common in informal contexts, and is standard in American, Australian, and New Zealand English. Traditionalists do not accept it as part of standard British English, however


  • at outs

    • In dispute.

      ‘you were at outs with my uncle Ned’
      • ‘But now it's foreclosure time: The show is on the outs with me.’
      • ‘Your two best friends Amanda and Ashley are on the outs because Amanda has been spilling Ashley's secrets.’
      • ‘Luckily, he is on the outs with his girlfriend, and teenagers love to frequent the beach near his rented cabana.’
      • ‘Honey, just because we're on the outs, there's no need to bring the child into it.’
      • ‘Both were examples of buyers who bit off more than they could chew and were on the outs after less than 2 years with their combined companies.’
      • ‘We're kind of on the outs right now.’
      • ‘Aunt Celia has kicked me out again, for being ‘rebellious’ and I've been at outs with my uncle for the last 5 years or so.’
      • ‘But she was on the outs with the whole lot, really.’
      • ‘The person doesn't want to be there, is on the outs with the department and probably wasn't much of a teacher to begin with - that's how they got in trouble.’
      • ‘This doesn't mean the two are on the outs, however; close friends say he's never invited girls over to meet the family on the traditional holiday.’
      conflicting, in conflict, contrasting, incompatible, irreconcilable, antithetical, contradictory, clashing, contrary, different, differing, divergent, dissimilar, disagreeing, in disagreement, at odds, at cross purposes, at loggerheads, opposed, opposing, opposite, in opposition, poles apart, polar, at outs
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  • be out of here (or there)

    • informal Be about to leave a place or situation.

      ‘if he doesn't show up in the next five minutes, I am out of here’
      • ‘I just thought, OK, a little flash in the pan, make some quick money, and we're out of here.’
      • ‘He looked at his watch twice, and I said to myself, you know, I think he's probably going to be out of here shortly.’
      • ‘I got my ballot, headed over to one of several open booths, marked in my choices, and was out of there in less than five minutes.’
      • ‘She would have delegated responsibilities, grabbed her handbag, and been out of there in two seconds.’
      • ‘It's not my job; I'm out of here in a few years.’
  • not out

    • (of a side or batsman) having begun an innings and not been dismissed.

      ‘Hussain scored 89 not out as Essex won by three wickets’
      • ‘Five sixes and ten fours flowed from his bat as he made 122 not out in his side's 237 for seven.’
      • ‘This match was the occasion when J.R. covered himself with glory by scoring eighty-six runs, not out.’
      • ‘The former Nottinghamshire batsman hit 134 not out as Wimbledon won by six wickets.’
      • ‘He then struck a rapid 37 not out to see his side to a seven wicket win in the 48th over.’
      • ‘This summer he scored 99 not out against England in the fourth Test at Headingley.’
  • out and about

    • Engaging in normal activity after an illness.

      • ‘It was a beautiful day to be out and about in Southern California and I had a great time.’
      • ‘We hope they have a lovely time, and the community are looking forward to seeing them all out and about.’
      • ‘This weekend is turning out to be full, but I guess it's better to be out and about in this kind of weather.’
      • ‘Her family wish her a speedy recovery to full health and her friends hope to see her out and about again really soon.’
      • ‘Maria is currently a bit under the weather and all her friends and family hope to see her out and about again real soon.’
      • ‘Today is this guy's birthday, so if you see him out and about, buy him a drink or a cupcake.’
      • ‘All your neighbours are delighted to see you home again and look forward to seeing you out and about soon.’
      • ‘Again, this was all due to my illness and generally not getting out and about.’
      • ‘Many of the activities for the next seven days focus on getting out and about in the Ilkley area.’
      • ‘I am always out and about, always doing something, but what I do is nothing.’
  • out for

    • Intent on having.

      ‘he was out for a good time’
      • ‘The club was packed with high-spirited young holidaymakers out for a good time.’
      • ‘He insisted he was not out for revenge.’
      • ‘It finally dawned on me that she was just out for what she could get.’
  • out of

    • 1Indicating the source or derivation of something; from.

      ‘a bench fashioned out of a fallen tree trunk’
      ‘I get a lot of enjoyment out of teaching’
      • ‘I get a lot of enjoyment out of working with these kids.’
      • ‘The furniture in the room was made out of a gorgeous dark mahogany wood.’
      • ‘Fashioned out of rich black walnut, the chair is as much art as it is furniture.’
      • ‘I want everyone in the side to get real enjoyment out of playing one-day cricket for England.’
      • ‘Attempts were made to set fire to another bench created out of recycled plastic and part of this has melted.’
      • ‘Pensioners like us have paid into the NHS all our lives and we should not have to pay for treatment out of our savings.’
      • ‘Confidence enables you to win, and by winning you get enjoyment out of the game.’
      • ‘If that alone was the only benefit they got out of the lesson, then you would say it was very worthwhile.’
      • ‘It's just a way of making lots and lots of money out of the tax payer.’
      • ‘I got a great thrill out of getting horses to enjoy their racing and getting them to try their best.’
      1. 1.1Having (the thing mentioned) as a motivation.
        ‘he was acting out of spite’
        • ‘He said he was motivated to find his son's attackers not out of revenge but to get justice for Daniel.’
        • ‘After her arrest, she told French police she had acted out of concern for her son.’
        • ‘William believed that human beings usually acted out of self-interest.’
        • ‘If someone tells her she's rubbish at something, she'll do it again out of spite.’
        • ‘If you have skimmed milk they'll push the bottle over just out of spite.’
        • ‘The demons would circle around my head and this would mean I would say many things out of anger and spite.’
        • ‘Acting out of an exaggerated concern for risk tends to create real problems for society.’
        • ‘Police have said he acted out of spite after he applied to join the fire brigade but was turned down.’
        • ‘Does it mean acting out of fear and resentment rather than intelligence and restraint?’
        • ‘Young guys tend get dogs not out of any love of animals but because it seems like it's the cool thing to do.’
    • 2Indicating the dam of a pedigree animal, especially a horse.

      • ‘Red Rum was out of a lunatic mare, and trained from the back of a car showroom in Southport.’
      • ‘The Kentucky-bred filly is out of the Green Dancer mare Whisper Who Dares.’
      • ‘He's out of a Hanoverian mare from California named Over Ice. I’
    • 3From among (a number)

      ‘nine times out of ten, companies are the source of such information’
      • ‘Nine times out of ten this is a big mistake.’
      • ‘In a survey of users, more than nine out of ten said they would be back.’
      • ‘The inspectors also found dust on bed frames, bed lamps and bed curtain rails in seven out of ten wards at the hospital.’
      • ‘Favourite Blue Dakota held off a strong challenge from Mystical Land to make it four wins out of four.’
      • ‘If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else.’
      • ‘Nine out of ten people are there to study and prepare for the upcoming school or job exam or test.’
      • ‘Nine out of ten of us say we are working too hard to spend enough time with the kids.’
      • ‘Two out of ten respondents said they had been a victim of crime during the preceding twelve months.’
      • ‘On a day when the fixture list was badly hit by the weather, only nine matches were played out of 19 scheduled.’
      • ‘To pass the examinations a score of 6 out of ten had to be achieved.’
    • 4Not having (a particular thing)

      ‘they had run out of cash’
      ‘you're out of luck, mate, there's none left’
      • ‘As for me, even if any of these few libraries were near enough for me to visit, I'd be out of luck.’
      • ‘She opened the refrigerator to find that they were out of milk.’
      • ‘Unless you are willing to study as much as the nerds, you are out of luck my friend.’
      • ‘My guess is that it was never released over here, so I may be out of luck.’
      • ‘By October I'll be out of cash and in need of a job.’
      • ‘It would appear that we're out of gas.’
      • ‘If you plan to take the kids skiing during February half-term, you may be out of luck.’
      • ‘If the culprit is depleted uranium they are probably out of luck because any clean up would take a very long time and cost a lot of money.’
      • ‘Lee needed some cash so he walked to the bank machine and it was out of cash.’
      • ‘Customers who don't want what lots of people want are, of course, out of luck.’
  • out of it

    • 1informal Not included; rejected.

      ‘I hate feeling out of it’
      • ‘I'm not from a theatrical background… I didn't have any confidence and I felt out of it.’
      • ‘When they talked about things at school, I felt so out of it. I really missed being like them!’
    • 2informal Unaware of what is happening as a result of being uninformed.

      • ‘I am always being accused of being out of it, so it's reassuring to know that ignorance is a two-way street.’
      1. 2.1Unable to think or react properly, especially as a result of taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol.
        • ‘As regular readers know, I was in the hospital for two months over the winter and pretty much out of it until May.’
        • ‘Listen, if you're a bit out of it and you want a lift, watch this movie!’
        • ‘And he looked rather distraught, somewhat out of it, and not at his best for sure.’
        • ‘He has been pretty out of it since arriving home.’
        • ‘But as I was on stage looking at the people beside me, it really looked like these fellow students were completely out of it!’
        • ‘I'm writing this the day after the party, and I feel a bit out of it.’
        • ‘I was too out of it to sit up or hold the baby, so the nurse brought her over to me before they took us to our room and I kissed her goodnight.’
        • ‘She would be awake, yet confused and out of it, not completely there.’
        • ‘She had been sniffling a lot on Friday and was really a bit out of it on Monday.’
        • ‘Let's get the excuses in early: I think I got too much sun on Sunday and I'm running a bit hot and cold and feel a little out of it.’
        confused, muddled, addled, bewildered, disoriented, disorientated, all at sea, mixed up, fazed, perplexed, stunned, dazed, dizzy, stupefied, groggy, foggy, fuzzy, fuddled, benumbed, numbed, numb, vague
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  • out to do something

    • Keenly striving to do something.

      ‘they were out to impress’
      • ‘Six months ago I would have thought that cute little thing was a killer and out to get me.’
      • ‘So, do you ever have days when you find the inanimate objects in your house are out to get you?’
      • ‘We need people who are fair and not just out to look after their personal interests.’
      • ‘He always sounds as if he's out to impress people.’
      • ‘Most clubbers are out to have a good time and head for home at the end of the night.’
  • out with it

    • Say what you are thinking.

      • ‘He rightly assumed that there was no need to fill Sara in on their conversation so far, so he just came out with it.’
      • ‘Come on, man, out with it. What has been worrying you these last days?’
      • ‘‘Well, out with it,’ I waved a hand at the lanky soldier.’
      • ‘‘I love Liana,’ he said, coming right out with it.’
      • ‘Come on, love, don't be shy, out with it, out with it!’
      • ‘He wanted to make sure he had heard his friend correctly, but he was afraid if he came right out with it, he would be wrong.’
      • ‘Come on, out with it, I want to know the details, including why you haven't told me this before.’
      • ‘So out with it woman, I'm sure you have one, so if you do, please share.’
      • ‘Right, out with it - what do I have to do to bring down one of these barriers?’
      • ‘When we reached a nearby park and sat down, she came out with it.’


Old English ūt (adverb), ūtian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch uit and German aus.