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English definition of “out”

out

adverb
 
 
/aʊt/
WORKPLACE away from the main office, etc. in order to do a particular job: She is out on a service call, but will be back in about an hour.
WORKPLACE absent from the place where you work: He is out of the office right now. I will be out for the rest of the morning. He has been out sick all week.
available for the public to buy: A new version of this phone has just come out.
not working: The power has been out for two hours.
not accurate: Our estimates were only out by a few dollars. Those sales figures were way out.
(also out on strike) HR, WORKPLACE taking part in a strike (= refusing to work): The assembly workers have been out for a month. Union members voted unanimously to go out on strike.
out of action not able to be used: The elevators were out of action and we had to walk up to his office.
out of sth if you are out of something, you do not have it: We're completely out of toner for the printer. from a particular group: Four out of five broadband users don't know how fast their connections are.
out of the box if something can be used out of the box, it can be used immediately, without a lot of effort being needed to prepare it: These solutions work straight out of the box. an out-of-the-box training program
(Definition of out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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