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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 adverb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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