Out vs. Off

Out vs. Off — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Out and Off

Outadverb

In a direction away from the inside

went out to hail a taxi.

Offadverb

From a place or position

He walked off in a huff.

Outadverb

Away from the center or middle

The troops fanned out.

Offadverb

At a certain distance in space or time

a mile off.a week off.

Outadverb

Away from a usual place

stepped out for a drink of water.went out for the evening.

Offadverb

From a given course or route; aside

The car swerved off into a ditch.
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Outadverb

Out of normal position

threw his back out.

Offadverb

Into a state of unconsciousness

I must have dozed off.

Outadverb

Out-of-bounds.

Offadverb

So as to be no longer on, attached, or connected

He shaved off his mustache.

Outadverb

From inside a building or shelter into the open air; outside

The boy went out to play.

Offadverb

So as to be divided

We marked off the playing field by yards.
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Outadverb

In the open air; outside

Is it snowing out?.

Offadverb

So as to be no longer continuing, operating, or functioning

She switched off the radio.

Outadverb

From within a container or source

drained the water out.

Offadverb

So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated

Will the cats kill off the mice?.

Outadverb

From among others

picked out the thief in the crowd.

Offadverb

So as to be in a state of sudden violent or loud activity

The firecracker went off. The alarm went off.

Outadverb

To exhaustion or depletion

The supplies have run out.

Offadverb

So as to be smaller, fewer, or less

Sales dropped off.

Outadverb

Into extinction or imperceptibility

The fire has gone out.

Offadverb

So as to be away from or not engaged in work or duty

They took a day off.

Outadverb

To a finish or conclusion

Play the game out.

Offadverb

Offstage.

Outadverb

To the fullest extent or degree; thoroughly

all decked out for the dance.painted out the wall.

Offadjective

Distant or removed; farther

the off side of the barn.

Outadverb

In or into competition or directed effort

went out for the basketball team.was out to win.

Offadjective

Remote; slim

stopped by on the off chance that they're home.

Outadverb

In or into a state of unconsciousness

The drug put him out for two hours.

Offadjective

Not on, attached, or connected

with my shoes off.

Outadverb

Into being or evident existence

The new car models have come out.

Offadjective

Not operating or operational

The oven is off.

Outadverb

Into public circulation

The paper came out early today.

Offadjective

No longer taking place; canceled

The wedding is off.

Outadverb

Into view

The moon came out.

Offadjective

Slack

Production was off this year.

Outadverb

Without inhibition; boldly

Speak out.

Offadjective

Not up to standard; below a normal or satisfactory level

Your pitching is off today.

Outadverb

Into possession of another or others; into distribution

giving out free passes.

Offadjective

Not accurate; incorrect

Your statistical results are off.

Outadverb

Into disuse or an unfashionable status

Narrow ties have gone out.

Offadjective

Somewhat crazy; eccentric

I think that person is a little off.

Outadverb

Into a state of deprivation or loss

voted the incompetent governor out.

Offadjective

Started on the way; going

I'm off to see the president.

Outadverb

In the time following; afterward

"to gauge economic conditions six months out" (Christian Science Monitor).

Offadjective

Absent, away from, or not engaged in work or duty

She's off every Tuesday.

Outadverb

Abbr. O(Baseball) So as to be retired, or counted as an out

He grounded out to the shortstop.

Offadjective

Spent away from work or duty

My off day is Saturday.

Outadverb

On strike

The auto workers went out when management refused to reduce outsourcing.

Offadjective

Being on the right side of an animal or vehicle.

Outadjective

Exterior; external

the out surface of a ship's hull.

Offadjective

Being the animal or vehicle on the right.

Outadjective

Directed away from a place or center; outgoing

the out doorway.

Offadjective

(Nautical) Farthest from the shore; seaward.

Outadjective

Traveling or landing out-of-bounds.

Offadjective

(Sports) Toward or designating the side of the field facing the batsman in cricket.

Outadjective

Not operating or operational

The power has been out for a week.

Offadjective

Off-color.

Outadjective

Extinguished

The lights were out next door.

Offpreposition

So as to be removed or distant from

The bird hopped off the branch.

Outadjective

Unconscious

was out for an hour during surgery.

Offpreposition

Away or relieved from

off duty.

Outadjective

Not to be considered or permitted

A taxi is out, because we don't have enough money. From now on, eating candy before dinner is out.

Offpreposition

By consuming

living off locusts and honey.

Outadjective

No longer fashionable.

Offpreposition

With the means provided by

living off my pension.

Outadjective

No longer possessing or supplied with something

I can't offer you coffee because we're out.

Offpreposition

(Informal) From

"What else do you want off me?" (Jimmy Breslin).

Outadjective

(Informal) Openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual

an out performer.

Offpreposition

Extending or branching out from

an artery off the heart.

Outadjective

(Baseball) Not allowed to continue to bat or run; retired.

Offpreposition

Not up to the usual standard of

off his game.

Outpreposition

Forth from; through

He fell out the window.

Offpreposition

So as to abstain from

went off narcotics.

Outpreposition

Beyond or outside of

Out this door is the garage.

Offpreposition

(Nautical) To seaward of

a mile off Sandy Hook.

Outpreposition

Within the area of

The house has a garden out back.

Offverb

To go away; leave

Off or I'll call the police.

Outnoun

One that is out, especially one who is out of power.

Offverb

To murder.

Outnoun

(Informal) A means of escape

The window was my only out.

Offadverb

In a direction away from the speaker or object.

He drove off in a cloud of smoke.

Outnoun

A play in which a batter or base runner is retired.

Offadverb

Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.

Please switch off the light when you leave.die off

Outnoun

The player retired in such a play.

Offadverb

So as to be removed or separated.

He bit off more than he could chew.Some branches were sawn off.

Outnoun

(Sports) A serve or return that falls out of bounds in a court game.

Offadjective

Inoperative, disabled.

All the lights are off.

Outnoun

(Printing) A word or other part of a manuscript omitted from the printed copy.

Offadjective

Rancid, rotten.

This milk is off!

Outverb

To be disclosed or revealed; come out

Truth will out.

Offadjective

(cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.

Outverb

(Sports) To send (a tennis ball, for example) outside the court or playing area.

Offadjective

Less than normal, in temperament or in result.

sales are off this quarter

Outverb

To expose (someone considered to be heterosexual) as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

Offadjective

Inappropriate; untoward.

I felt that his comments were a bit off.

Outverb

To expose (someone) as doing something secret or immoral

outed the shopkeeper as a spy.outed his classmate as a cheater.

Offadjective

Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).

Outverb

Chiefly British To knock unconscious.

Offadjective

Started on the way.

off to see the wizardAnd they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.

Outinterjunction

Used in two-way radio to indicate that a transmission is complete and no reply is expected.

Offadjective

Far; off to the side.

the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse

Outadverb

Away from the inside or the centre.

The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.

Offadjective

Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.

He took an off day for fishing.an off year in politics;the off season

Outadverb

Away from home or one's usual place.

Let's eat out tonight

Offadjective

(in phrases such as 'off day') Designating a time when one is not performing to the best of one's abilities.

Outadverb

Outside; not indoors.

Last night we slept out under the stars.

Offadjective

Presently unavailable.

— I'll have the chicken please.— Sorry, chicken's off today.

Outadverb

Away from; at a distance.

Keep out!

Offadjective

Right-hand in relation to the side of a horse or a vehicle.

Outadverb

Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.

Switch the lights out.Put the fire out.

Offpreposition

Used to indicate movement away from a position on

I took it off the table.Come off the roof!

Outadverb

To the end; completely.

I hadn't finished. Hear me out.

Offpreposition

(colloquial) Out of the possession of.

He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him.

Outadverb

Used to intensify or emphasize.

The place was all decked out for the holidays.

Offpreposition

Away from or not on.

He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone.Keep off the grass.

Outadverb

(of the sun, moon, stars, etc.) So as to be visible in the sky, and not covered by clouds, fog, etc.

The sun came out after the rain, and we saw a rainbow.

Offpreposition

Disconnected or subtracted from.

We've been off the grid for three days now.He took 20% off the list price.

Outadverb

Of a player, so as to be disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).

Wilson was bowled out for five runs.

Offpreposition

Distant from.

We're just off the main road.The island is 23 miles off the cape.

Outpreposition

}} Away from the inside.

He threw it out the door.

Offpreposition

No longer wanting or taking.

He's been off his feed since Tuesday.He's off his meds again.

Outnoun

A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc.

They wrote the law to give those organizations an out.

Offpreposition

Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineeringEngineering.

Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off.

Outnoun

(baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play due to the application of various rules of the game such as striking out, hitting a fly ball which is caught by the fielding team before bouncing, etc.

Offverb

To kill.

He got in the way so I had him offed.

Outnoun

(cricket) A dismissal; a state in which a member of the batting team finishes his turn at bat, due to the application of various rules of the game, such as the bowler knocking over the batsman's wicket with the ball.

Offverb

To switch off.

Can you off the light?

Outnoun

(poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.

Offnoun

(usually in phrases such as 'from the off', 'at the off', etc.) Beginning; starting point.

He has been very obviously an untrustworthy narrator right from the off.

Outnoun

(dated) A trip out; an outing.

Offadjective

not in operation or operational;

the oven is offthe lights are off

Outnoun

One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.

Offadjective

below a satisfactory level;

an off year for tennishis performance was off

Outnoun

A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space.

Offadjective

(of events) no longer planned or scheduled;

the wedding is definitely off

Outnoun

A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.

Offadjective

in an unpalatable state;

sour milk

Outverb

(transitive) To eject; to expel.

Offadjective

not performing or scheduled for duties;

He's off every Tuesdayhe was off duty when it happenedan off-duty policeman

Outverb

(transitive) To reveal (a person) to be gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Offadverb

from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete);

ran away from the lionwanted to get away from theresent the children away to boarding schoolthe teacher waved the children away from the dead animalwent off to schoolthey drove offgo forth and preach

Outverb

(transitive) To reveal (a person or organization) as having a certain secret, such as a being a secret agent or undercover detective.

Offadverb

at a distance in space or time;

the boat was 5 miles off (or away)the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)away back in the 18th century

Outverb

(transitive) To reveal (a secret).

A Brazilian company outed the new mobile phone design.

Offadverb

no longer on or in contact or attached;

clean off the dirthe shaved off his mustache

Outverb

To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public.

Outverb

To become apparent.

Outadjective

Not at home; not at one's office or place of employment.

I'm sorry, Mr Smith is out at the moment.

Outadjective

Released, available for purchase, download or other use.

Did you hear? Their newest CD is out!

Outadjective

(in various games; used especially of a batsman or batter in cricket or baseball) Dismissed from play under the rules of the game.

He bowls, Johnson pokes at it ... and ... Johnson is out! Caught behind by Ponsonby!

Outadjective

Openly acknowledging that one is queer and/or genderqueer.

It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.

Outadjective

(of flowers) In bloom.

The garden looks beautiful now that the roses are out.

Outadjective

(of the sun, moon or stars) Visible in the sky; not obscured by clouds.

The sun is out, and it's a lovely day.

Outadjective

(of lamps, fires etc.) Not shining or burning.

I called round to the house but all the lights were out and no one was home.

Outadjective

(of ideas, plans, etc.) Discarded; no longer a possibility.

Right, so that idea's out. Let's move on to the next one.

Outadjective

No longer popular or in fashion.

Black is out this season. The new black is white.

Outadjective

Without; no longer in possession of; not having more

Do you have any bread? Sorry, we're out.

Outadjective

(of calculations or measurements) Containing errors or discrepancies; in error by a stated amount.

Nothing adds up in this report. All these figures are out.The measurement was out by three millimetres.

Outadjective

(obsolete) Of a young lady: having entered society and available to be courted.

Outinterjection

A radio procedure word meaning that the station is finished with its transmission and does not expect a response.

Destruction. Two T-72s destroyed. Three foot mobiles down. Out.

Outinterjection

Get out; begone; away!

Outnoun

(baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball;

you only get 3 outs per inning

Outverb

to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality;

This actor outed last year

Outverb

reveal somebody else's homosexuality;

This actor was outed last week

Outverb

be made known; be disclosed or revealed;

The truth will out

Outadjective

not allowed to continue to bat or run;

he was tagged out at second on a close playhe fanned out

Outadjective

of a fire; being out or having grown cold;

threw his extinct cigarette into the streamthe fire is out

Outadjective

not worth considering as a possibility;

a picnic is out because of the weather

Outadjective

out of power; especially having been unsuccessful in an election;

now the Democrats are out

Outadjective

excluded from use or mention;

forbidden fruitin our house dancing and playing cards were outa taboo subject

Outadjective

directed outward or serving to direct something outward;

the out doorwaythe out basket

Outadjective

no longer fashionable;

that style is out these days

Outadjective

outside or external;

the out surface of a ship's hull

Outadjective

outer or outlying;

the out islands

Outadjective

knocked unconscious by a heavy blow

Outadverb

outside of an enclosed space;

she is out

Outadverb

outward from a reference point;

he kicked his legs out

Outadverb

away from home;

they went out last night

Outadverb

from one's possession;

he gave out money to the poorgave away the tickets