Definition of out of in English:

out of


  • 1Indicating the source or derivation of something; from.

    ‘a bench fashioned out of a fallen tree trunk’
    ‘I get a lot of enjoyment out of teaching’
    • ‘Fashioned out of rich black walnut, the chair is as much art as it is furniture.’
    • ‘Attempts were made to set fire to another bench created out of recycled plastic and part of this has melted.’
    • ‘It's just a way of making lots and lots of money out of the tax payer.’
    • ‘The furniture in the room was made out of a gorgeous dark mahogany wood.’
    • ‘I get a lot of enjoyment out of working with these kids.’
    • ‘I want everyone in the side to get real enjoyment out of playing one-day cricket for England.’
    • ‘Confidence enables you to win, and by winning you get enjoyment out of the game.’
    • ‘If that alone was the only benefit they got out of the lesson, then you would say it was very worthwhile.’
    • ‘I got a great thrill out of getting horses to enjoy their racing and getting them to try their best.’
    • ‘Pensioners like us have paid into the NHS all our lives and we should not have to pay for treatment out of our savings.’
    1. 1.1Having (the thing mentioned) as a motivation.
      ‘he was acting out of spite’
      • ‘Does it mean acting out of fear and resentment rather than intelligence and restraint?’
      • ‘Acting out of an exaggerated concern for risk tends to create real problems for society.’
      • ‘If you have skimmed milk they'll push the bottle over just out of spite.’
      • ‘If someone tells her she's rubbish at something, she'll do it again out of spite.’
      • ‘The demons would circle around my head and this would mean I would say many things out of anger and spite.’
      • ‘Police have said he acted out of spite after he applied to join the fire brigade but was turned down.’
      • ‘He said he was motivated to find his son's attackers not out of revenge but to get justice for Daniel.’
      • ‘Young guys tend get dogs not out of any love of animals but because it seems like it's the cool thing to do.’
      • ‘William believed that human beings usually acted out of self-interest.’
      • ‘After her arrest, she told French police she had acted out of concern for her son.’
  • 2Indicating the dam of a pedigree animal, especially a horse.

    • ‘Red Rum was out of a lunatic mare, and trained from the back of a car showroom in Southport.’
    • ‘He's out of a Hanoverian mare from California named Over Ice. I’
    • ‘The Kentucky-bred filly is out of the Green Dancer mare Whisper Who Dares.’
  • 3From among (a number)

    ‘nine times out of ten, companies are the source of such information’
    • ‘Nine times out of ten this is a big mistake.’
    • ‘In a survey of users, more than nine out of ten said they would be back.’
    • ‘Nine out of ten people are there to study and prepare for the upcoming school or job exam or test.’
    • ‘If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else.’
    • ‘Nine out of ten of us say we are working too hard to spend enough time with the kids.’
    • ‘On a day when the fixture list was badly hit by the weather, only nine matches were played out of 19 scheduled.’
    • ‘Two out of ten respondents said they had been a victim of crime during the preceding twelve months.’
    • ‘The inspectors also found dust on bed frames, bed lamps and bed curtain rails in seven out of ten wards at the hospital.’
    • ‘Favourite Blue Dakota held off a strong challenge from Mystical Land to make it four wins out of four.’
    • ‘To pass the examinations a score of 6 out of ten had to be achieved.’
  • 4Not having (a particular thing)

    ‘they had run out of cash’
    ‘you're out of luck, mate, there's none left’
    • ‘If the culprit is depleted uranium they are probably out of luck because any clean up would take a very long time and cost a lot of money.’
    • ‘Lee needed some cash so he walked to the bank machine and it was out of cash.’
    • ‘My guess is that it was never released over here, so I may be out of luck.’
    • ‘As for me, even if any of these few libraries were near enough for me to visit, I'd be out of luck.’
    • ‘Unless you are willing to study as much as the nerds, you are out of luck my friend.’
    • ‘If you plan to take the kids skiing during February half-term, you may be out of luck.’
    • ‘Customers who don't want what lots of people want are, of course, out of luck.’
    • ‘She opened the refrigerator to find that they were out of milk.’
    • ‘By October I'll be out of cash and in need of a job.’
    • ‘It would appear that we're out of gas.’