from inside an object, container, building, or place [≠ in]:
She 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)
The 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 etc
The egg cracked open and out came a baby chick.
not inside a building [= outside]:
Many of the homeless have been sleeping out for years.
Children were out playing in the snow.
Brrr, it's cold out there.
not at home
away from your home, office etc, especially for a short time [≠ in]:
Did anyone call while I was out?
My parents are both out at the moment.
He went out at 11 o'clock.
to or in a place that is not your home, in order to enjoy yourself:
You 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.
in or to a place that is far away or difficult to get to:
He went out to New Zealand.
They've rented a farmhouse right out in the country.
used to say how far away something is:
The Astra Satellite is travelling some 23,000 miles out in space.
a little village about five miles out of Birmingham
used to say that something is given to many people:
given to many people
The examination will start when all the question papers have been handed out.
Have you sent out the invitations yet?
used to say that someone gets rid of something or makes it disappear:
get rid of something
Have you thrown out yesterday's paper?
Mother used washing soda to get the stains out.
a fire or light that is out is no longer burning or shining:
Turn the lights out when you go to bed.
The firefighters arrived, and within minutes the fire was out.
if the sun, moon, or stars are out, they have appeared in the sky:
When the sun came out, a rainbow formed in the sky.
if the flowers on a plant are out, they have opened:
It's still February and already the primroses are out.
used to say that something is done carefully or completely:
I spent all morning cleaning out the kitchen cupboards.
In the summer months the soil dries out quickly.
not included in a team, group, competition etc:
The Welsh team was surprisingly knocked out in the semi finals.
Daniels will be out of the team until he recovers from his injury.
used to say where something comes from or is taken from
come from something
A 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.
away from the main part or edge of something:
away from the edge of something
I swam out into the middle of the lake.
A long peninsula juts out into the sea.
She stuck her head out of the window to see what was happening.
if a machine, piece of equipment etc is out, it is not working:
not workingespecially American English
I don't believe it - the elevator's out again!
➔ be out of orderat order1 (8)
used to say that a product is available to be bought:
Is the new Harry Potter book out yet?
Sony have brought out a new portable music system.
no longer in a particular state or situation
not in a situation
She'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).
having left an institution
having left the institution where you were
a kid just out of college
His wife isn't out of hospital yet.
no longer in prison:
Once he was out, he returned to a life of crime.
no longer fashionable [≠ in]:
You can't wear that - maxi skirts have been out for years.
no longer a secret:
Her secret was out.
The word's out that Mel Gibson is in town.
Eventually the truth came out.
to say something in a voice that is loud enough for others to hear:
Someone called out my name.
We all listened as he read the statement out loud.
She fainted - she was out for about ten minutes.
How hard did you hit him? He's out cold.
used to say that there is none of something left because you have used it all, sold it all etc:
The album was sold out within minutes.
We're out of milk.
They've run out of ideas.
before the day, year etc has ended:
Don't cry, I'll be back before the week's out.
if a measurement, result etc is out, it is wrong because the numbers have not been calculated correctly:
He 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)
to have a particular intention:
Andrew's just out for a good time.
I was convinced he was out to cheat me.
used to say that someone, especially a political party, no longer has power or authority [≠ in]:
not in power
It's time we voted the Republicans out.
The party has been out of office for a long time.
used to say that someone has stopped working as a way of protesting about something:
on strikeBritish EnglishBEL
The railway workers have come out in sympathy with the miners.
if a homosexual is out, they have told people that they are homosexual
if a particular suggestion or activity is out, it is not possible:
We don't have enough money to rent a car, so that's out.
when the tide is out, the sea by the shore is at its lowest level [≠ in]:
You can walk across the sands when the tide is out.
a player or team that is out in a game such as cricket or baseball is no longer allowed to bat:
Sussex were all out for 365.
a ball that is out in a game such as tennis or basketball is not in the area of play [≠ in]
used to tell someone to say something which they have been unwilling to say or have difficulty saying:
OK, out with it! What really happened?
because of a particular feeling that you have
They obeyed him out of fear rather than respect.
Just out of curiosity, why did you take that job?
used to say what substance or materials a particular thing is made of
made of something
a tombstone carved out of black marble
toy boats made out of old tin cans
used to say how common something is, or how large a part of a group you are talking about
how many of a group
9 out of 10/three out of four etc
Nine out of ten students pass the test first time.
Apparently they've lost three games out of seven already.
slightly unhappy because you feel different from the rest of a group of people and cannot share their fun, conversation etc:
I felt a bit out of it because I was the only one who couldn't speak French.
unable to think clearly because you are tired or drunk, or have taken drugs:
You were really out of it last night. What were you drinking?
in a place that could be anywhere except here:
My real father is out there and one day I plan to find him.
where someone or something can be noticed by many people:
Jerry Lewis is out there all the time raising money for disabled kids.
38 especially American English
in front of something, especially a building, where everyone can see you:
There's a blue car out front.
taking a leading position:
As a civil rights leader, he was always out front.
very honest and direct:
Molly is very out front in talking about her mistakes.
➔ 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)word choice
out, outside, outdoors, out of doors If you are out, you are away from a building, especially the place where you live or spend a lot of time • Debbie's out. She'll be back later. • Why don't we go out for the day? If you are outside a room or building, you are not in it but are close to it • Meet me outside the library. • I sat on a chair outside his office. • You'll have to wait outside in the corridor. When outside is an adverb, it can also mean 'not inside any building' • It's cold outside.Outdoors or out of doors always mean 'not inside any building' • We usually spend summers outdoors. • I like weddings that are held out of doors.!! Do not confuse outdoors (with an -s) and outdoor (without an -s). Outdoors is an adverb • I like playing outdoors. Outdoor is an adjective that can only be used before a noun • outdoor activities such as fishing