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1. To make an object or image look smaller or farther away or to produce a wider perspective of it through the use of an optical device or a digital simulation. The film opens on a peaceful, ordinary home, before the camera zooms out and we see the chaos spreading across the city around it. Try zooming out a little bit so you can see both pages of the document on the screen at the same time.
2. To leave or exit from something or some place very rapidly or hastily. I was just about to walk into the bank when a very suspicious-looking person zoomed out carrying a large duffel bag. I hate having to zoom out of the house like this in the morning.
1. Sl. to lose control. I nearly zoomed out when I got the news. Fred zoomed out and started screaming at John.
2. Go to pan out.
1. To simulate movement away from an object with or as if with a zoom lens: The camera zoomed out from the house to reveal the vast landscape.
2. To decrease the apparent size of part of an image of something, especially to view it as if from a greater distance or from a wider perspective: This computer software allows you to zoom out of the document to see the entire page.
3. To exit rapidly: We got dressed and zoomed out to the party.
in. to lose control. I nearly zoomed out when I got the news.