Definition of out adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    adverb, preposition
    BrE BrE//aʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//aʊt//
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  1. 1  out (of something) away from the inside of a place or thing She ran out into the corridor. She shook the bag and some coins fell out. I got out of bed. He opened the box and out jumped a frog. Out you go! (= used to order somebody to leave a room) (informal) He ran out the door.
  2. 2  out (of something) (of people) away from or not at home or their place of work I called Liz but she was out. Let's go out this evening (= for example to a restaurant or club). We haven't had a night out for weeks. Mr Green is out of town this week.
  3. 3  out (of something) away from the edge of a place The boy dashed out into the road. Don't lean out of the window.
  4. 4  out (of something) a long or a particular distance away from a place or from land She's working out in Australia. He lives right out in the country. The boats are all out at sea. The ship sank ten miles out of Stockholm.
  5. 5  out (of something) used to show that something/somebody is removed from a place, job, etc. This detergent is good for getting stains out. We want this government out. He got thrown out of the restaurant.
  6. 6  out of something/somebody used to show that something comes from or is obtained from something/somebody He drank his beer out of the bottle. a statue made out of bronze a romance straight out of a fairy tale I paid for the damage out of my savings. We'll get the truth out of her.
  7. 7  out of something used to show that somebody/something does not have any of something We're out of milk. He's been out of work for six months. You're out of luck—she left ten minutes ago.
  8. 8  out of something used to show that somebody/something is not or no longer in a particular state or condition Try and stay out of trouble. I watched the car until it was out of sight.
  9. 9  out (of something) used to show that somebody is no longer involved in something It was an awful job and I'm glad to be out of it. He gets out of the army in a few weeks. They'll be out (= of prison) on bail in no time. Brown goes on to the semi-finals but Lee is out.
  10. 10out of something used to show the reason why something is done I asked out of curiosity. She did it out of spite.
  11. 11  out of something from a particular number or set You scored six out of ten. Two out of three people think the President should resign.
  12. 12  (of a book, etc.) not in the library; borrowed by somebody else The book you wanted is out on loan.
  13. 13  (of the tide) at or towards its lowest point on land I like walking on the wet sand when the tide is out.
  14. 14  if the sun, moon or stars are or come out, they can be seen from the earth and are not hidden by clouds
  15. 15(of flowers) fully open There should be some snowdrops out by now.
  16. 16  available to everyone; known to everyone When does her new book come out? Word always gets out (= people find out about things) no matter how careful you are. Out with it! (= say what you know)
  17. 17  clearly and loudly so that people can hear to call/cry/shout out Read it out loud. Nobody spoke out in his defence.
  18. 18(informal) having told other people that you are homosexual I had been out since I was 17.
  19. 19(in cricket, baseball, etc.) if a team or team member is out, it is no longer their turn with the bat The West Indies were all out for 364 (= after scoring 364 runs in cricket). See related entries: Baseball, Cricket
  20. 20(in tennis, etc.) if the ball is out, it landed outside the line The umpire said the ball was out. See related entries: Tennis
  21. 21  out (in something) not correct or exact; wrong I was slightly out in my calculations. Your guess was a long way out (= completely wrong). The estimate was out by more than $100.
  22. 22not possible or not allowed Swimming is out until the weather gets warmer.
  23. 23not fashionable Black is out this year. See related entries: The fashion world
  24. 24  (of fire, lights or burning materials) not or no longer burning or lit Suddenly all the lights went out. The fire had burnt itself out.
  25. 25at an end It was summer and school was out. She was to regret her words before the day was out.
  26. 26unconscious He was out for more than an hour and came round in the hospital. She was knocked out cold.
  27. 27(British English, informal) on strike The dockers stayed out for several months.
  28. 28to the end; completely Hear me out before you say anything. We left them to fight it out (= settle a disagreement by fighting or arguing). see also all-out
  29. Word OriginOld English ūt (adverb), ūtian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch uit and German aus.Idioms
    be out for something/to do something
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    to be trying to get or do something I'm not out for revenge. She's out for what she can get (= trying to get something for herself). The company is out to capture the Canadian market.
    1. 1able to go outside again after an illness
    2. 2travelling around a place We've been out and about talking to people all over the country.
    (informal) going or leaving As soon as I get my money I'm out of here!
    1. 1sad because you are not included in something We've only just moved here so we feel a little out of it.
    2. 2not aware of what is happening, usually because of drinking too much alcohol, or taking drugs He looks completely out of it.
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