outout1 /aʊt/ ●●●S1W1 adverb1from insideIN/INSIDE from inside an object, container, building, or place opp inShe opened her suitcase and took out a pair of shoes.Lock the door on your way out.Charlotte went to the window and looked out.Out you go (=used to order someone to leave a room)!out ofThe keys must have fallen out of my pocket.Get out of here!Someone had torn several pages out of her diary.I don’t think I’d have the courage to jump out of a plane.All the roads out of the city were snowbound.out came/jumped etcThe egg cracked open and out came a baby chick.2outsideOUT/OUTSIDE not inside a building syn outsideMany of the homeless have been sleeping out for years.Children were out playing in the snow.Brrr, it’s cold out there.► see thesaurus at outside3not at homeHEREa)away from your home, office etc, especially for a short time opp inDid anyone call while I was out?My parents are both out at the moment.He went out at 11 o'clock.b)DLOHOMEto or in a place that is not your home, in order to enjoy yourselfYou should get out and meet people.Let’s eat out tonight (=eat in a restaurant).At first he was too shy to ask her out.be/get out and about (=go to places where you can meet people)Most teenagers would rather be out and about with their friends.4FARdistant placea)in or to a place that is far away or difficult to get toHe went out to New Zealand.They’ve rented a farmhouse right out in the country.b)used to say how far away something isThe Astra Satellite is travelling some 23,000 miles out in space.out ofa little village about five miles out of Birmingham5XXgiven to many people used to say that something is given to many peopleThe examination will start when all the question papers have been handed out.Have you sent out the invitations yet?6get rid of somethingGET RID OF used to say that someone gets rid of something or makes it disappearHave you thrown out yesterday’s paper?Mother used washing soda to get the stains out.7STOP something THAT IS HAPPENINGnot burning/shining a fire or light that is out is no longer burning or shiningTurn the lights out when you go to bed.The firefighters arrived, and within minutes the fire was out.8sun/moon etc if the sun, moon, or stars are out, they have appeared in the skyWhen the sun came out, a rainbow formed in the sky.9flowers if the flowers on a plant are out, they have openedIt’s still February and already the primroses are out.10COMPLETELYcompletely/carefully used to say that something is done carefully or completelyI spent all morning cleaning out the kitchen cupboards.In the summer months the soil dries out quickly.11INCLUDEnot included not included in a team, group, competition etcThe Welsh team was surprisingly knocked out in the semi-finals.out ofDaniels will be out of the team until he recovers from his injury.12COME FROM/ORIGINATEcome from something used to say where something comes from or is taken fromout ofA lot of good music came out of the hippy culture in the 1960s.The money is automatically taken out of your bank account every month.13STICK OUTaway from the edge of something away from the main part or edge of somethingI swam out into the middle of the lake.A long peninsula juts out into the sea.out ofShe stuck her head out of the window to see what was happening.14not working especially American EnglishBROKEN if a machine, piece of equipment etc is out, it is not workingI don’t believe it – the elevator’s out again! → be out of orderat order1(8)15productBBTAVAILABLE used to say that a product is available to be boughtIs the new Harry Potter book out yet?Sony have brought out a new portable music system.16XXnot in a situation no longer in a particular state or situationout ofShe’s not completely cured, but at least she’s out of danger.This whole situation is getting out of control.How long have you been out of work now?Karen waved until the car was out of sight (=too far away to be seen).17FREE/NOT IN PRISONhaving left an institutiona)having left the institution where you wereout ofa kid just out of collegeHis wife isn’t out of hospital yet.b)no longer in prisonOnce he was out, he returned to a life of crime.18not fashionableDCFASHIONABLE no longer fashionable opp inYou can’t wear that – maxi skirts have been out for years.19not secretSECRET no longer a secretHer secret was out.The word’s out that Mel Gibson is in town.Eventually the truth came out.20 →read/shout etc something out (loud)21unconsciousUNCONSCIOUS not consciousShe fainted – she was out for about ten minutes.How hard did you hit him? He’s out cold.22NOT HAVEnone left used to say that there is none of something left because you have used it all, sold it all etcThe album was sold out within minutes.out ofWe’re out of milk.They’ve run out of ideas.23 →before the day/year etc is out24not correctWRONG/INCORRECT if a measurement, result etc is out, it is wrong because the numbers have not been calculated correctlyHe was out in his calculations, so there was a lot of carpet left over.The bill was out by over £10.Their forecast was way out. → not far off/out/wrongat far1(2)25 →be out for something/be out to do something26PGnot in power used to say that someone, especially a political party, no longer has power or authority opp inIt’s time we voted the Republicans out.out ofThe party has been out of office for a long time.27on strike British EnglishBEL used to say that someone has stopped working as a way of protesting about somethingThe railway workers have come out in sympathy with the miners.28homosexualSYHOMOSEXUAL if a homosexual is out, they have told people that they are homosexual29IMPOSSIBLEnot possible spoken if a particular suggestion or activity is out, it is not possibleWe don’t have enough money to rent a car, so that’s out.30seaDN when the tide is out, the sea by the shore is at its lowest level opp inYou can walk across the sands when the tide is out.31sporta)DSa player or team that is out in a game such as cricket or baseball is no longer allowed to batSussex were all out for 365.b)DSa ball that is out in a game such as tennis or basketball is not in the area of play opp in32 →out with it!33BECAUSEreason because of a particular feeling that you haveout ofThey obeyed him out of fear rather than respect.Just out of curiosity, why did you take that job?34CONSIST OF/BE MADE OFmade of something used to say what substance or materials a particular thing is made ofout ofa tombstone carved out of black marbletoy boats made out of old tin cans35XXhow many of a group used to say how common something is, or how large a part of a group you are talking aboutnine out of ten/three out of four etcNine out of ten students pass the test first time.Apparently they’ve lost three games out of seven already.36 →out of it37 →out there38 →out front → out of your mindat mind1(24), → out of the blueat blue2(4), → out of luckat luck1(10), → out of this worldat world1(15), → be out of the questionat question1(9), → out frontat front1(8), → out backat back2(2), → out of sortsat sort1(10)
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out• Janice opened the door and looked out.• When I dropped my bag, some of my money must have fallen out.• Two firemen carried his body out and laid it on the ground.• You go on in. I'll wait out here.• Leave your coatout in the hallway.• Parents stood out in the rain waiting to collect their children from school.• I heard meowing, opened the trunk of the car, and outjumped a thin black cat.• What's that dog doing out there in our yard?• We camped and slept out under the stars every night.out came/jumped etc• She opened her mouth, and out came a constellation of gorgeous sounds.• For the first goal, Newell out jumped him to head towards goal.• Then out came Red SwanCaliforniapotatoes, Sunkist oranges and lemons.• The customer dialled the publication he wanted, put in his money, and out came the book.• Then out came the gun, a.32 semi-automatic that killed Kayla.• And suddenly, with the water, out came the long slimynewt straight into the glass, plop!• So, out came the plans, very sketchy, but a start.• Varney laughed; his mouth opened and out came the staccato machine-gunpants.be/get out and about• All for getting out and about.• Both girls were keencyclists and since they lived near the road they could get out and about.• Then the local centre for the handicappedlent them a wheelchair, so they were able to get out and about.• You are popular with canines and humans alike, so get out and about.• Bikers get more out of life, so climb down off your exercycle and get out and about for some fresh air.• Despite all the drawbacks, I still enjoy getting out and about in the countryside whenever I can.• He got out and about more and began to enjoy life again.• Try to get out and about whenever possible, making new friends and contacts.right out• I could dig a tunnelright out.• Thee has worked so hard, why must thee run right out and find more work?• Something go wrong I call the man who built it and he come right out and take care of it.• Everything was coming true, then right out of high school I contractedpolio and was completely paralyzed within a week.• Go ahead and eat right out of the garbage.• There was nothing like a small fire to take the boredomright out of things.out of sight• First, the cost of these activities began to escalateout of sight.• I do not think it took us longer than that to get out of range and out of sight.• I was trying to burrowout of sight.• My old friend: in no time at all she was round the corner and out of sight.• Keep your car windows rolled up and valuablesout of sight.• The yachtsailed away into the distance and out of sight.• We watched his car as it rounded the bend and sped off out of sight.• Their wombs are out of sight and out of mind.• Jim waited until his parents' car was out of sight and then left the house.• We both quickly dropped out of sight behind the desk.• Daley sat in the house, out of sight, but giving orders to the corner police station by phone.• Just as she went out of sight, he remembered he hadn't given her his number.• It's best to keep your purseout of sight in this office.• He would punch and kick me as soon as we were out of sight of the teachers.• The car passed out of sight over the hill.• The drippanunderneath the refrigerator is out of sight, so special effort must be made to clean it.• But out of sight the roots from which they grow are spreading rapidly.out cold• At first I thought he must be out cold.• He stood outside the door and cried and then went and drank until he was out cold.• The impact was so sudden and so fierce, it knocked me out cold.• The tarmac of the road Is velvet with sleep, the hills are out cold.• I crawledout cold, cramped, and feeling sick - to a world that seemed to have disappeared altogether.• The gunman lay on the floor, out cold in a puddle of wine.way out• I fixed an interview time with Sylvia on my way out. 7 Emily Lightbody came back to work the following Monday.• Revue was on its way out.• We are faced with a very difficult situation, but there must be a way out.• One man found twenty dollars on the sidewalk on his way out.• We don't need to take Wittgenstein's way out here; or at least, we don't need to yet.• I live way out in LaurelCanyon.• One of the pods was inching its way out into space.• Tricia backed her way out, never taking her eyes off me or letting her bearingsslip.• If your expenses are even one percent higher than your revenues, you are on your way out of business.• If he is in the middle of an engram, the only way out of it is through it.• I don't see any way out of the present deadlock.• We drove way out past Reno to the old Fielding place.outout2 ●●●S1W2 preposition especially American English informalfrom the inside to the outside of something – many teachers of British English consider it incorrect to use ‘out’ as a prepositionKaren looked out the window at the back yard.Get out the car and push with the rest of us!
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out• If you look out of the bedroom window, you can see the ocean.• She ran out the door and down the street.• Hey, look out the window! See the hot-air balloon?outout3 verb1[transitive]SYHOMOSEXUAL to publicly say that someone is homosexual when that person would prefer to keep it secretSeveral politicians have been outed in recent months. Grammar Out is usually passive in this meaning.2[transitive] to let the public know a fact about someone that they would prefer to keep secretout somebody as somethingHe was outed as a supporter of the far-right party.3 →murder/the truth etc will out!→ See Verb table
out• Now you know all the ins and outs of cricket.• But the user must be patient when learning the ins and outs of an expansion card.• Actually, he managed six outs, though the assignment was closer to 12.• Mussina recovered to get the next two outs, strandingrunners in scoring position.• With two outs and runners at first and third, A&M tried a delayeddoublesteal.out-out- /aʊt/ prefix1XXused to form nouns and adjectives from verbs that are followed by ‘out’an outbreak of flu (=from ‘break out’)outspoken comments (=from ‘speak out’)2OUT/OUTSIDE[in nouns and adjectives] outside or beyond somethingan outbuilding (=small building away from the main building)outlying areas (=far from the centre)3MORE THAN A NUMBER OR AMOUNT[in verbs] being or becoming bigger, further, greater etc than someone or something elseHe’s outgrown his clothes (=become too big for them).She outlived her brother (=he died before her).4[in verbs] doing better than someone, so that you defeat themI can out-argue you any day.She outran him.
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out-• an outhouseFrom Longman Business Dictionaryoutout /aʊt/ adjective [not before a noun]1available to be boughtHis new book is due out next spring.The company plans to bring out a similar product of its own.2British English if the workers in a company, factory etc are out, they are refusing to work SYN ON STRIKETeachers in some places stayed out on strike for weeks against the orders of their unions.3American English if a worker is out or out sick, they are not at work because they are sick SYN off sick BrERalph’s been out sick four times this month already.4American English if a machine is out, it is not working SYN out of order BrE5if your accounts, calculations etc are out, they are wrongThe bill was out by over £10.