adv., prep., n., adj., int., & v.
1. away from or not in or at a place etc. (keep him out; get out of here; my son is out in Canada).
2 (forming part of phrasal verbs) a indicating dispersal away from a centre etc. (hire out; share out; board out). b indicating coming or bringing into the open for public attention etc. (call out; send out; shine out; stand out). c indicating a need for attentiveness (watch out; look out; listen out).
3 not in one's house, office, etc. (went out for a walk).
4 to or at an end; completely (tired out; die out; out of bananas; fight it out; typed it out).
5 (of a fire, candle, etc.) not burning.
6 in error (was 3% out in my calculations).
7 colloq. unconscious (she was out for five minutes).
8 a (of a tooth) extracted. b (of a joint, bone, etc.) dislocated (put his shoulder out).
9 (of a party, politician, etc.) not in office.
10 (of a jury) considering its verdict in secrecy.
11 (of workers) on strike.
12 (of a secret) revealed.
13 (of a flower) blooming, open.
14 (of a book) published.
15 (of a star) visible after dark.
16 unfashionable (turn-ups are out).
17 (of a batsman, batter, etc.) no longer taking part as such, having been caught, stumped, etc.
18 not worth considering; rejected (that idea is out).
19 colloq. (prec. by superl.) known to exist (the best game out).
20 (of a stain, mark, etc.) not visible, removed (painted out the sign).
21 (of time) not spent working (took five minutes out).
22 (of a rash, bruise, etc.) visible.
23 (of the tide) at the lowest point.
24 Boxing unable to rise from the floor (out for the count).
25 archaic (of a young upper-class woman) introduced into society.
26 (in a radio conversation etc.) transmission ends (over and out).
1. out of (looked out the window).
2 archaic outside; beyond the limits of.
1. colloq. a way of escape; an excuse.
2 (the outs) the political party out of office.
1. (of a match) played away.
2 (of an island) away from the mainland.
--int. a peremptory dismissal, reproach, etc. (out, you scoundrel!).
1. tr. a put out. b colloq. eject forcibly.
2 intr. come or go out; emerge (murder will out).
3 tr. Boxing knock out.
Phrases and idioms:
at outs at variance or enmity. not out Cricket (of a side or a batsman) not having been caught, bowled, etc. out and about (of a person, esp. after an illness) engaging in normal activity. out and away by far. out and out
1. thorough; surpassing.
2 thoroughly; surpassingly. out at elbows see ELBOW. out for having one's interest or effort directed to; intent on.
1. from within (came out of the house).
2 not within (I was never out of England).
3 from among (nine people out of ten; must choose out of these).
4 beyond the range of (is out of reach).
5 without or so as to be without (was swindled out of his money; out of breath; out of sugar).
6 from (get money out of him).
7 owing to; because of (asked out of curiosity).
8 by the use of (material) (what did you make it out of?).
9 at a specified distance from (a town, port, etc.) (seven miles out of Liverpool).
10 beyond (something out of the ordinary).
11 Racing (of an animal, esp. a horse) born of. out of bounds see BOUND(2). out of date see DATE(1). out of doors see DOOR. out of drawing see DRAWING. out of hand see HAND. out of it not included; forlorn. out of order see ORDER. out of pocket see POCKET. out of the question see QUESTION. out of sorts see SORT. out of temper see TEMPER. out of this world see WORLD. out of the way see WAY. out to keenly striving to do. out to lunch colloq. crazy, mad. out with an exhortation to expel or dismiss (an unwanted person). out with it say what you are thinking.
Etymology: OE ut, OHG uz, rel. to Skr. ud-