out

I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ūt; akin to Old High German ūz out, Greek hysteros later, Sanskrit ud up, out Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) in a direction away from the inside or center <
went out into the garden
>
(2) outside <
it's raining out
>
b. from among others c. away from the shore d. away from home or work <
out to lunch
>
e. away from a particular place 2. a. so as to be missing or displaced from the usual or proper place <
left a word out
>
<
threw his shoulder out
>
b. into the possession or control of another <
lend out money
>
c. into a state of loss or defeat <
was voted out
>
d. into a state of vexation <
they do not mark me, and that brings me out — Shakespeare
>
e. into groups or shares <
sorted out her notes
>
<
parceled out the farm
>
3. a. to the point of depletion, extinction, or exhaustion <
the food ran out
>
<
turn the light out
>
<
all tuckered out
>
b. to completion or satisfaction <
hear me out
>
<
work the problem out
>
c. to the full or a great extent or degree <
all decked out
>
<
stretched out on the floor
>
4. a. in or into the open <
the sun came out
>
b. out loud <
cried out
>
c. in or into public circulation <
the evening paper isn't out yet
>
<
hand out pamphlets
>
<
the library book is still out
>
5. a. at an end <
before the day is out
>
b. in or into an insensible or unconscious state <
she was out cold
>
c. in or into a useless state <
landed the plane with one engine out
>
d. so as to end the offensive turn of another player, a side, or oneself in baseball <
threw him out
>
<
fly out
>
6. — used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and no reply is expected II. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. eject, oust 2. to identify publicly as being such secretly <
wanted to out pot smokers
>
; especially to identify as being a closet homosexual intransitive verb to become publicly known <
the truth will out
>
III. preposition Date: 13th century — used as a function word to indicate an outward movement <
ran out the door
>
<
looked out the window
>
IV. adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. situated outside ; external b. out-of-bounds 2. situated at a distance ; outlying <
the out islands
>
3. not being in power 4. absent 5. removed by the defense from play as a batter or base runner in a baseball inning <
two men out
>
6. directed outward or serving to direct something outward <
the out basket
>
7. not being in vogue or fashion 8. not to be considered ; out of the question 9. determined 1 <
was out to get revenge
>
10. engaged in or attempting a particular activity <
won on his first time out
>
11. publicly known or identified as a homosexual V. noun Date: 1717 1. outside 2. one who is out of office or power or on the outside <
a matter of outs versus ins
>
3. a. an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball b. a player that is put out 4. a way of escaping from an embarrassing or difficult situation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Out — (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.] In its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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