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Definition of "out" [out]

  • In a direction away from the inside: Let's go out and look at the stars. (adverb)
  • Away from the center or middle: The troops fanned out. (adverb)
  • Away from a usual place: stepped out for a drink of water; went out for the evening. (adverb)
  • Out of normal position: threw his back out. (adverb)
  • Out-of-bounds. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "out" in a sentence
  • "Speak ever so slowly, so carefully picking out which immaculately groomed flowers to point out to you, and then stepping quietly backwards in their oh so finely-turned out  gentlemen's clothes and letting you go on ahead to admire things from your own safely chosen distances, your own freedom's comfortable as a big fat overstuffed chair perspective."
  • "*Sits down next to PB and whips her bicycle pump out of her pack, fits it with special balloon-blowing-up attachment and helps out*"
  • "If acting out of friendship is composed of purposes, dispositions to have purposes, and the like, where these are purposes properly so-called, and thus not essentially described by the phrase ˜out of friendship™, there seems ¦ no guarantee that the person cares about and likes, has friendship for, the"