Definition of out adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



adverb, preposition
help For the special uses of out in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, burst out is in the phrasal verb section at burst.1 out (of something) away from the inside of a place or thingShe 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 someone to leave a room)(informal)He ran out the door.2 out (of something) (of people) away from or not at home or their place of workI 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 out (of something) away from the edge of a placeThe boy dashed out into the road.Don't lean out of the window.4 out (of something) a long or a particular distance away from a place or from landShe'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 out (of something) used to show that something or someone 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 out of something/someone used to show that something comes from or is obtained from something or someoneHe drank his beer out of the bottle.a statue made out of bronzea romance straight out of a fairy taleI paid for the damage out of my savings.We'll get the truth out of her.7 out of something used to show that someone or something does not have any of somethingWe're out of milk.He's been out of work for six months.You're out of luck—she left ten minutes ago.8 out of something used to show that someone or something is not or no longer in a particular state or conditionTry and stay out of trouble.I watched the car until it was out of sight.9 out (of something) used to show that someone is no longer involved in somethingIt 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 semifinals but Lee is out.10 out of something used to show the reason why something is doneI asked out of curiosity.She did it out of spite.11 out of something from a particular number or setYou scored six out of ten.Two out of three people think the President should resign.12 (of a book, etc.) not in the library; borrowed by someone elseThe book you wanted is out.13 (of the tide) at or toward its lowest point on landI like walking on the wet sand when the tide is out.14 if the sun, moon, or stars are or come out, they can be seen from the earth and are not hidden by clouds15 (of flowers) fully openThere should be some snowdrops out by now.16 available to everyone; known to everyoneWhen 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 clearly and loudly so that people can hearto call/cry/shout outRead it out loud.Nobody spoke out in his defense.18 (informal) having told other people that you are homosexualI had been out since I was 17.19 (in baseball) if a team or team member is out, it is no longer their turn with the bat note at baseball20 (in tennis, etc.) if the ball is out, it landed outside the lineThe umpire said the ball was out.21 not possible or not allowedSwimming is out until the weather gets warmer.22 not fashionableBlack is out this year.23 (of fire, lights, or burning materials) not or no longer burning or litSuddenly all the lights went out.The fire had burned itself out.24 at an endIt was summer and school was out.She was to regret her words before the day was out.25 unconsciousHe was out for more than an hour and came around in the hospital.She was knocked out cold.26 to the end; completelyHear me out before you say anything.We left them to fight it out (= settle a disagreement by fighting or arguing). see also all-outIDIOMS

be out for something/to do something

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 out for dobe out for to do

out and about

1 able to go outside again after an illness2 traveling around a placeWe've been out and about talking to people all over the country.out and about

out of here

(informal) going or leavingAs soon as I get my money I'm out of here!out of here

out of it

(informal)1 sad because you are not included in somethingWe've only just moved here so we feel a little out of it.2 not aware of what is happening, usually because of drinking too much alcohol or taking drugsHe looks completely out of it.out of it