[ out ]
See synonyms for: outoutedoutingouts on Thesaurus.com

  1. away from, or not in, the normal or usual place, position, state, etc.: out of alphabetical order;to go out to dinner.

  2. away from one's home, country, work, etc., as specified: to go out of town.

  1. in or into the outdoors: to go out for a walk.

  2. to a state of exhaustion, extinction, or depletion: to pump a well out.

  3. to the end or conclusion; to a final decision or resolution: to say it all out.

  4. to a point or state of extinction, nonexistence, etc.: to blow out the candle;a practice on the way out.

  5. in or into a state of neglect, disuse, etc.; not in current vogue or fashion: That style has gone out.

  6. so as not to be in the normal or proper position or state; out of joint: His back went out after his fall.

  7. in or into public notice or knowledge: The truth is out at last.

  8. seeking openly and energetically to do or have: to be out for a good time.

  9. not in present possession or use, as on loan: The librarian said that the book was still out.

  10. on strike: The miners go out at midnight.

  11. so as to project or extend: to stretch out;stick your tongue out.

  12. in or into activity, existence, or outward manifestation: A rash came out on her arm.

  13. from a specified source or material: made out of scraps.

  14. from a state of composure, satisfaction, or harmony: to be put out over trifles.

  15. in or into a state of confusion, vexation, dispute, variance, or unfriendliness: to fall out about trifles.

  16. so as to deprive or be deprived: to be cheated out of one's money.

  17. so as to use the last part of: to run out of gas.

  18. from a number, stock, or store: to point out the errors.

  19. aloud or loudly: to cry out.

  20. with completeness or effectiveness: to fill out.

  21. thoroughly; completely; entirely: The children tired me out.

  22. so as to obliterate or make undecipherable: to cross out a misspelling;to ink out.

  1. not at one's home or place of employment; absent: I stopped by to visit you last night, but you were out.

  2. not open to consideration; out of the question: I wanted to go by plane, but all the flights are booked, so that's out.

  1. wanting; lacking; without: We had some but now we're out.

  2. removed from or not in effective operation, play, a turn at bat, or the like, as in a game: He's out for the season because of an injury.

  3. no longer having or holding a job, public office, etc.; unemployed; disengaged (usually followed by of): to be out of work.

  4. inoperative; extinguished: The elevator is out.Are the lights out?

  5. finished; ended: before the week is out.

  6. not currently stylish, fashionable, or in vogue: Fitted waistlines are out this season.

  7. unconscious; senseless: Two drinks and he's usually out.

  8. not in power, authority, or the like: a member of the out party.

  9. Baseball.

    • (of a batter) not succeeding in getting on base: He was out at first on an attempted bunt.

    • (of a base runner) not successful in an attempt to advance a base or bases: He was out in attempting to steal second base.

  10. beyond fixed or regular limits; out of bounds: The ball was out.

  11. having a pecuniary loss or expense to an indicated extent: The company will be out millions of dollars if the new factory doesn't open on schedule.

  12. incorrect or inaccurate: His calculations are out.

  13. not in practice; unskillful from lack of practice: Your bow hand is out.

  14. beyond the usual, as in range, size or weight (often used in combination): clothing in out sizes;an out-supply of grain.

  15. exposed; made bare, as by holes in one's clothing: out at the knees.

  16. acknowledging and publicly disclosing an identity, affiliation, or orientation that does not conform to socially defined norms, often a sexual orientation or gender identity: He’d been out for years, but his grandma still asked him when he was going to settle down with a nice girl.She’s an out lesbian.I’m an out sci-fi nerd.

  17. at variance; at odds; unfriendly: They are out with each other.

  18. moving or directed outward; outgoing: the out train.

  19. not available, plentiful, etc.: Mums are out till next fall.

  20. located at a distance; outlying: We sailed to six of the out islands.

  21. Cricket. not having its innings: the out side.

  22. Golf. of or relating to the playing of the first nine holes of an 18-hole golf course (opposed to in): His out score on the second round was 33.

  1. (used to indicate movement or direction from the inside to the outside of something): He looked out the window.She ran out the door.

  2. (used to indicate location): The car is parked out back.

  1. (used to indicate movement away from a central point): Let's drive out the old parkway.

  1. begone! away!

  2. (used in radio communications to signify that the sender has finished the message and is not expecting or prepared to receive a reply.): Compare over (def. 52).

  1. Archaic. (an exclamation of abhorrence, indignation, reproach, or grief (usually followed by upon): Out upon you!

  1. a means of escape or excuse, as from a place, punishment, retribution, responsibility, etc.: He always left himself an out.

  2. a person who lacks status, power, or authority, especially in relation to a particular group or situation.

  1. Usually outs. persons not in office or political power (distinguished from in).

  2. Baseball. a putout.

  3. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that does not land within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to in).

  4. something that is out, as a projecting corner.

  5. Printing.

    • the omission of a word or words.

    • the word or words omitted.

  6. Northern British Dialect. an outing.

verb (used without object)
  1. to go or come out.

  2. to become public, evident, known, etc.: The truth will out.

  1. to make known; tell; utter (followed by with): Out with the truth!

verb (used with object)
  1. to eject or expel; discharge; oust.

  2. to expose (a person with a secret or private identity, orientation, affiliation, etc.) as being or having such an aspect of self, to an audience with whom the person had not chosen to share that information: An ex outed her as gay at the end of her senior year, just before graduation.Outing a racist to his thousands of social media followers might have seemed like justice, but the online harassment both parties have gotten in response was also predictable.

Idioms about out

  1. all out, with maximum effort; thoroughly or wholeheartedly: They went all out to finish by Friday.

  2. be on the / at outs with, Informal. to be estranged from (another person); be unfriendly or on bad terms with: He is on the outs with his brother.We've been at outs with them for the past ten years.

  1. come out. come (def. 43).

  2. out and away, to a surpassing extent; far and away; by far: It was out and away the best apple pie she had ever eaten.

  3. out for, aggressively determined to acquire, achieve, etc.:He's out for all the money he can get.

  4. out from under, out of a difficult situation, especially of debts or other obligations: The work piled up while I was away and I don't know how I'll ever get out from under.

  5. out of,

    • not within: out of the house.

    • beyond the reach of: The boat's passengers had sailed out of hearing.

    • not in a condition of: out of danger.

    • so as to deprive or be deprived of.

    • from within or among: Take the jokers out of the pack.

    • because of; owing to: out of loyalty.

    • foaled by (a dam): Grey Dancer out of Lady Grey.

  6. out of it, Informal.

    • not conscious; drunk or heavily drugged.

    • not alert or clearheaded; confused; muddled.

    • eliminated from contention: If our team loses two more games, we'll be out of it.

    • not part of or acceptable within an activity, social group, or fashion: She felt out of it because none of her friends were at the party.

  7. out of sight. sight (def. 26).

  8. out of trim, Nautical. (of a ship) drawing excessively at the bow or stern.

Origin of out

First recorded before 900; (adverb) Middle English; Old English ūt; cognate with Dutch uit, German aus, Old Norse, Gothic ūt; akin to Sanskrit ud-; (adjective, interjection, and preposition) Middle English, from the adverb; (verb) Middle English outen, Old English ūtian “to put out,” cognate with Old Frisian ūtia

Other definitions for out- (2 of 2)


  1. a prefixal use of out, adv., occurring in various senses in compounds (outcast, outcome, outside), and serving also to form many transitive verbs denoting a going beyond, surpassing, or outdoing in the particular action indicated (outbid, outdo, outgeneral, outlast, outstay, outrate).

Origin of out-

Middle English; Old English ūt-;see out

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use out in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for out (1 of 2)


/ (aʊt) /

  1. (often used as a particle) at or to a point beyond the limits of some location; outside: get out at once

  2. (particle) out of consciousness: she passed out at the sight of blood

  1. (particle) used to indicate a burst of activity as indicated by the verb: fever broke out

  2. (particle) used to indicate obliteration of an object: the graffiti were painted out

  3. (particle) used to indicate an approximate drawing or description: sketch out; chalk out

  4. public; revealed: the secret is out

  5. (often used as a particle) away from one's custody or ownership, esp on hire: to let out a cottage

  6. on sale or on view to the public: the book is being brought out next May

  7. (of a young woman) in or into polite society: Lucinda had a fabulous party when she came out

  8. (of the sun, stars, etc) visible

  9. (of a jury) withdrawn to consider a verdict in private

  10. (particle) used to indicate exhaustion or extinction: the sugar's run out; put the light out

  11. (particle) used to indicate a goal or object achieved at the end of the action specified by the verb: he worked it out; let's fight it out, then!

  12. (preceded by a superlative) existing: the friendliest dog out

  13. an expression in signalling, radio, etc, to indicate the end of a transmission

  14. Australian and NZ archaic in or to Australia or New Zealand: he came out last year

  15. out of

    • at or to a point outside: out of his reach

    • away from; not in: stepping out of line; out of focus

    • because of, motivated by: doing it out of jealousy

    • from (a material or source): made out of plastic

    • not or no longer having any of (a substance, material, etc): we're out of sugar

  1. not or not any longer worth considering: that plan is out because of the weather

  2. not allowed: smoking on duty is out

  1. (also prenominal) not in vogue; unfashionable: that sort of dress is out these days

  2. (of a fire or light) no longer burning or providing illumination: the fire is out

  3. not working: the radio's out

  4. unconscious: he was out for two minutes

  5. out to it Australian and NZ informal asleep or unconscious, esp because drunk

  6. not in; not at home: call back later, they're out now

  7. desirous of or intent on (something or doing something): I'm out for as much money as I can get

  8. Also: out on strike on strike: the machine shop is out

  9. (in several games and sports) denoting the state in which a player is caused to discontinue active participation, esp in some specified role

  10. used up; exhausted: our supplies are completely out

  11. worn into holes: this sweater is out at the elbows

  12. inaccurate, deficient, or discrepant: out by six pence

  13. not in office or authority: his party will be out at the election

  14. completed or concluded, as of time: before the year is out

  15. in flower: the roses are out now

  16. in arms, esp, in rebellion: one of his ancestors was out in the Forty-Five

  17. (also prenominal) being out: the out position on the dial

  18. informal not concealing one's homosexuality

  1. out of; out through: he ran out the door

  2. archaic, or dialect outside; beyond: he comes from out our domain

    • an exclamation, usually peremptory, of dismissal, reproach, etc

    • (in wireless telegraphy) an expression used to signal that the speaker is signing off

  1. out with it a command to make something known immediately, without missing any details

  1. mainly US a method of escape from a place, difficult situation, punishment, etc

  2. baseball an instance of the putting out of a batter; putout

  1. printing

    • the omission of words from a printed text; lacuna

    • the words so omitted

  2. ins and outs See in 1 (def. 30)

  1. (tr) to put or throw out

  2. (intr) to be made known or effective despite efforts to the contrary (esp in the phrase will out): the truth will out

  1. (tr) informal (of homosexuals) to expose (a public figure) as being a fellow homosexual

  2. (tr) informal to expose something secret, embarrassing, or unknown about (a person): he was eventually outed as a talented goal scorer

Origin of out

Old English ūt; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse ūt, Old High German ūz, German aus

usage For out

The use of out as a preposition, though common in American English, is regarded as incorrect in British English: he climbed out of (not out) a window; he went out through the door

British Dictionary definitions for out- (2 of 2)


  1. excelling or surpassing in a particular action: outlast; outlive

  2. indicating an external location or situation away from the centre: outpost; outpatient

  1. indicating emergence, an issuing forth, etc: outcrop; outgrowth

  2. indicating the result of an action: outcome

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with out


In addition to the idioms beginning with out

  • out and about
  • out and away
  • out at the elbows
  • out back
  • out cold
  • out for, be
  • out for the count
  • out from under
  • out front
  • out in left field
  • out in the cold
  • out in the open
  • out like a light
  • out loud
  • out of a clear blue sky
  • out of, be
  • out of bounds
  • out of breath
  • out of business
  • out of character
  • out of circulation
  • out of commission
  • out of condition
  • out of control
  • out of date
  • out of fashion
  • out of favor
  • out of gas
  • out of hand
  • out of harm's way
  • out of humor
  • out of it
  • out of joint
  • out of keeping
  • out of key
  • out of kilter
  • out of line
  • out of luck
  • out of nowhere
  • out of one's
  • out of one's depth
  • out of one's element
  • out of one's hair
  • out of one's mind
  • out of one's shell
  • out of one's system
  • out of one's way
  • out of order
  • out of phase
  • out of place
  • out of pocket
  • out of practice
  • out of print
  • out of proportion
  • out of reach
  • out of season
  • out of shape
  • out of sight
  • out of sorts
  • out of square
  • out of step
  • out of stock
  • out of the blue
  • out of the corner of one's eye
  • out of the frying pan into the fire
  • out of the hole
  • out of the loop
  • out of the mouths of babes
  • out of the ordinary
  • out of the picture
  • out of the question
  • out of the rain
  • out of the running
  • out of the way
  • out of the window
  • out of the woods
  • out of the woodwork
  • out of thin air
  • out of this world
  • out of touch
  • out of town
  • out of turn
  • out of wedlock
  • out of whack
  • out of whole cloth
  • out of work
  • out on a limb
  • out on bail
  • out on one's ear
  • out on the town
  • outside of
  • out to lunch
  • out with it

also see:

  • ace out
  • act out
  • all out
  • ask out
  • back out
  • bail out
  • bang out
  • bawl out
  • bear out
  • beat one's brains out
  • beat out
  • belt out
  • bent out of shape
  • black out
  • bliss out
  • blot out
  • blow one's brains out
  • blow out
  • blurt out
  • bottom out
  • bow out
  • branch out
  • brave out
  • break out
  • break out of
  • bring out
  • bug out
  • bum out
  • burn out
  • burst into (out)
  • buy out
  • call out
  • camp out
  • cancel out
  • card in (out)
  • carry out
  • cast out
  • check out
  • chew out
  • chicken out
  • chill out
  • churn out
  • clean out
  • clear out
  • clock in (out)
  • close out
  • come out
  • come out ahead
  • come out in the wash
  • come out of
  • come out with
  • conk out
  • cool off (out)
  • cop out
  • count out
  • crank out
  • crap out
  • crop out
  • cry (out) for
  • cut it out
  • cut out
  • day after day (day in, day out)
  • deal out
  • deck out
  • die out
  • dig out
  • dine out on
  • dish out
  • do out of
  • dope out
  • down and out
  • drag on (out)
  • draw out
  • drop out
  • drown out
  • drum out
  • dry out
  • duck out
  • ease out
  • eat someone out of house and home
  • eat one's heart out
  • eat out
  • eat out of one's hand
  • edge out
  • eke out
  • fade out
  • fall out
  • farm out
  • far out
  • feel out
  • ferret out
  • fight it out
  • figure out
  • fill out
  • find out
  • fish out
  • fish out of water
  • fit out
  • fizzle out
  • flake out
  • flat out
  • flesh out
  • flip one's lid (out)
  • flunk out
  • follow out
  • for crying out loud
  • fork over (out)
  • freak out
  • freeze out
  • fresh out of
  • get out
  • get out of
  • get the lead out
  • give out
  • go out
  • go out of one's way
  • gross out
  • grow out of
  • gut it out
  • hammer out
  • hand out
  • hang out
  • hang out one's shingle
  • hang out to dry
  • hash over (out)
  • have an out
  • have it out
  • have one's work cut out
  • head out
  • hear out
  • heart goes out to
  • help out
  • hide out
  • hire out
  • hit out
  • hold out
  • in (out of) favor
  • in one ear and out the other
  • in (out of) one's element
  • in (out of) one's hair
  • in (out of) print
  • in (out of) reach
  • ins and outs
  • inside out
  • into (out of) thin air
  • in (out of) tune
  • iron out
  • jury is still out
  • keep an eye out
  • kick out
  • knock out
  • knock the bottom out
  • lash out
  • lay out
  • leave out
  • let out
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • light out
  • like a bat out of hell
  • live out
  • lock out
  • log in (out)
  • look out
  • look out for
  • lose out
  • luck out
  • make a mountain out of a molehill
  • make capital out of
  • make out
  • max out
  • mellow out
  • miss out on
  • murder will out
  • muster in (out)
  • nose out
  • nose out of joint
  • odd man out
  • on the outs
  • on the way out
  • opt out
  • pan out
  • parcel out
  • pass out
  • pay out
  • peter out
  • phase in (out)
  • pick out
  • pig it (out)
  • played out
  • play out
  • point out
  • poop out
  • pound out
  • pour out
  • price out of the market
  • print out
  • prove out
  • psych out
  • pull out
  • pull out all the stops
  • pull out of a hat
  • pull the rug out
  • punch in (out)
  • put one out
  • put oneself out
  • put out
  • put out feelers
  • put someone out of his or her misery
  • put out to grass
  • puzzle out
  • rack out
  • rain out
  • read out of
  • ride out
  • right out
  • right-side out
  • roll out
  • root out
  • round off (out)
  • rough out
  • rub out
  • rule out
  • run out of
  • run out on
  • sack in (out)
  • scare out of one's wits
  • screw someone out of
  • see out
  • sell out
  • set out
  • settle (wipe out) old scores
  • shell out
  • ship out
  • shut out
  • sign out
  • sing out
  • single out
  • sit out
  • skip out
  • sleep out
  • slip out
  • smoke out
  • snap out of it
  • sniff out
  • snuff out
  • sound out
  • space out
  • spell out
  • spin out
  • stake out
  • stamp out
  • stand out
  • start out
  • step out
  • stick one's neck out
  • stick out
  • straighten out
  • stress out
  • strike out
  • string out
  • strung out
  • swear out
  • sweat out
  • take a leaf out of someone's book
  • take it out on
  • take out
  • take the wind out of someone's sails
  • talked out
  • talk out
  • talk out of
  • tease out
  • tell tales (out of school)
  • think out
  • thrash out
  • throw out
  • time out
  • tired out
  • top out
  • trick out
  • trot out
  • truth will out
  • try out
  • tuckered out
  • tune out
  • turn out
  • wait out
  • walk out
  • want in (out)
  • washed out
  • wash out
  • wear out
  • weasel out
  • weave in and out
  • weed out
  • well out of
  • whacked out
  • wig out
  • win out
  • wipe out
  • work out
  • worm out of
  • write out
  • year in, year out
  • zap out

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.