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out ofpreposition

us   /ˈoʊt əv/
  • out of preposition (OUTSIDE)

from a place or position inside something to a place or position that is beyond it or not part of it: I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs. My daughter just got out of the hospital.
If you are out of an activity, you are no longer involved in it: He decided to get out of teaching.
out of sight
If something is out of sight it is hidden or too far away to be seen
  • out of preposition (NOT IN A STATE OF)

not in the best or in a correct state, or not in a particular state or condition: The picture was out of focus. James has been out of work for over a month. This dress is out of style (= no longer fashionable).
out of character
If a person’s behavior is out of character, it is very different from the usual way that person behaves: It was out of character for Charles not to offer to help.
out of control
Someone or something out of control is difficult to manage: The weeds in the garden are out of control.
out of print
A book that is out of print is no longer available.
out of season
When a fruit or vegetable is out of season, it is a time of the year when it does not usually grow locally and must be obtained from another region or country: Tomatoes are out of season now.
  • out of preposition (WITH)

with the help of: I paid for the computer out of my savings.
  • out of preposition (BY USING)

(of a material or substance) by using, to produce something: The dress was made out of velvet.
  • out of preposition (NOT HAVE)

in a condition in which you have no more of something, esp. because it has all been used: We’ll soon be out of gas. I’m out of patience with her. We’re out of time – we’ve got to leave right now.
  • out of preposition (COMING FROM)

coming from: She copied the pattern out of a magazine.
  • out of preposition (BECAUSE OF)

because of: She volunteered out of a sense of duty.
  • out of preposition (FROM AMONG)

from among a group or a particular number: The poll showed that six out of ten people approved of the job the president is doing.
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"out of" in British English

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out ofpreposition

uk   /ˈaʊt ˌəv/ us   /ˈaʊt ˌəv/
  • out of preposition (NO LONGER IN)

out of somewhere/sth

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A2 no longer in a stated place or condition: An apple rolled out of the bag. Professor Aitchison is out of town this week. The patient is now out of danger. The coffee machine is out of order (= does not work). Both she and her husband are out of work (= no longer have jobs).
  • out of preposition (MADE FROM)

B1 also of used to show what something is made from: The dress was made out of velvet.

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  • out of preposition (BECAUSE OF)

B2 used to show the reason why someone does something: I took the job out of necessity because we had no money left. You might like to come and see what we're doing out of interest (= because I think you might be interested).

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  • out of preposition (FROM AMONG)

B1 from among an amount or number: Nine out of ten people said they liked the product. No one got 20 out of 20 (= all the answers correct) in the test.

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