adjective

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

    ‘if he called, she'd pretend to be 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.’
    • ‘A few weeks later, a parcel arrived while I was 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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  • 2Revealed 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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  • 3(of a flower) in bloom; open.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘June, when the poppies are out, is one of the best times to visit Umbria.’
    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’
      • ‘My new book is out in eight weeks.’
      • ‘The new album is out next month and marks a return to U2's rock and roll roots.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Runaway is the best adventure game out right now.’
      • ‘Technology is still working on improving our tan and there is a new system out called Airbrush Tanning.’
      • ‘The systems aren't even out yet, neither are the full specifications.’
      • ‘To me he's the best underground producer out.’
    3. 3.3 Not concealing one's homosexuality.
      ‘I had been out since I was 17’
  • 4No longer alight; extinguished.

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

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

    ‘a trip to the seaside is out’
    • ‘The pool registers a seriously chilly 38 degrees, so swimming is out.’
    • ‘We've already done a movie, so that's out.’
  • 7In 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 before the count of ten.
  • 8Mistaken; in error.

    ‘he was slightly out in his 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.’
    • ‘How could an organisation with a previously excellent record of financial management be shown to be so far out in its calculations?’
    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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  • 9(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
    No longer batting or on base, having had one's turn ended by the team in the field.

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

Usage

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