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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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(Definition of “out of” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“out of” in American English

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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.

(Definition of “out of” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)