be out

be out

v.
1. To be at the exterior of some space, such as a building: I won't close the window if the cat is still out.
2. To be away from home or other central location: Your brother was out when I came by to see him.
3. To be no longer in prison: I've been out for five years, and I don't want to end up behind bars ever again.
4. To be unobstructed by clouds. Used of the sun, moon, and stars: It's quite light outside now that the moon is out.
5. To be in some weather condition. Used with it: Is it nice out? It was rainy out, so we stayed inside.
6. To be extinguished. Used of sources of light: The lamps are out and I can't see a thing.
7. To be nonfunctional due to disconnection: We can't take that road because the bridge is out. All of the phone lines were out for three days after the storm.
8. To be asleep or unconscious: I drank some soothing tea before I went to bed, and I was out in three minutes.
9. To be no longer in fashion: Wide ties and thick socks are out this year.
10. To be excluded as a possibility: We have to pick them up; driving home without them is out. I would like to meet you today, but this afternoon is out; how about this evening?
11. To be determined to do something. Used with an infinitive clause: Watch out: they are out to steal your wallet!
12. To be open and honest about something that one might hide: He was completely out about his past as a jewel thief.
13. To be open about being a gay man, a lesbian, or a bisexual: Most of her friends were out, but she was still shy about it.
14. Baseball To have lost a position as a batter or runner: If someone catches the ball you hit before it reaches the ground, you're out. The player was out at third base.
15. be out for To have left a central location in order to fetch or do something: John's not here; he's out for a walk. They were out for more supplies when we arrived at their camp.
16. be out of To no longer have something that has been used up; have run out of something: We're out of pickles; could you go to the store and buy some? The car wouldn't start; it was out of gas.
See also: out