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out

adverb, preposition (ABSENT)    /aʊt/
A2 absent for a short time from the place where you live or work: I came round to see you this morning, but you were out. Someone phoned for you while you were out.Absent A2 used to refer to a period of time when someone goes away from home for a social activity: I can't go out tonight - I've got work to do. Do you want to eat out (= eat in a restaurant) tonight? He's asked me out (= asked me to go with him) to the cinema next week.From, out and outside used to refer to a time when someone is away from the main office in order to do a particular job: The thieves were spotted by a postman out on his rounds (= as he was delivering the post). The police were out in force (= there were a lot of police) at the demonstration.Absent In a library, if a book is out, it has been borrowed by someone: Both copies of 'Wuthering Heights' were out.Unavailable and inaccessiblePresent Grammar:Out or out of?We use out and out of to talk about position and direction.See more
(Definition of out adverbpreposition (ABSENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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