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Princeton's WordNet

  1. out ofadverb

    motivated by

    "idleness is the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work"


  1. out ofpreposition

    From the inside to the outside of ; having emerged from.

  2. out ofpreposition

    Not part of.

  3. out ofpreposition

    With the motivation of.

  4. out ofpreposition

    Without; no longer in possession of; not having more; divested of.

  5. out ofpreposition

    Not in a customary or desired state.

  6. out ofpreposition

    In a group of.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Out ofprep.

    Of seems to be the preposition, and out only to modify the sense of of.

    So many Neroes and Caligulas,
    Out of these crooked shores must daily raise. Edmund Spenser.

    Those bards coming many hundred years after, could not know what was done in former ages, nor deliver certainty of any thing, but what they feigned out of their own unlearned heads. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Alders and ashes have been seen to grow out of steeples; but they manifestly grow out of clefts. Francis Bacon.

    He is softer than Ovid; he touches the passions more delicately, and performs all this out of his own fund, without diving into the sciences for a supply. Dryden.

    The sacred nymph
    Was out of Dian’s favour, as it then befel. Fa. Queen.

    Will speak, though tongues were out of use. William Shakespeare.

    The cavern’s mouth alone was hard to find,
    Because the path difus’d was out of mind. Dryden.

    My retreat the best companions grace,
    Chiefs out of war, and statesmen out of place. Alexander Pope.

    Does he fancy we can sit,
    To hear his out of fashion wit?
    But he takes up with younger folks,
    Who, for his wine, will bear his jokes. Jonathan Swift.

    They are out of their element, and logic is none of their talent. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    Enjoy the present smiling hour;
    And put it out of fortune’s pow’r. Dryden.

    He is witty out of season; leaving the imitation of nature, and the cooler dictates of his judgment. Dryden.

    Thou’lt say my passion’s out of season,
    That Cato’s great example and misfortunes
    Should both conspire to drive it from my thoughts. Addis.

    Court holy water in a dry house, is better than the rain waters out of door. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Juices of fruits are watry and oily: among the watry are all the fruits out of which drink is expressed; as the grape, the apple, the pear, and cherry. Francis Bacon.

    St. Paul quotes one of their poets for this saying, notwithstanding T. G’s censure of them out of Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Christianity recovered the law of nature out of all those errors with which it was overgrown in the times of paganism. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Why publish it at this juncture; and so, out of all method, apart and before the work. Jonathan Swift.

    Using old thread-bare phrases, will often make you go out of your way to find and apply them. Jonathan Swift.

    He that looks on the eternal things that are not seen, will, through those opticks, exactly discern the vanity of all that is visible; will be neither frighted nor flattered out of his duty. Decay of Piety.

    Words are able to persuade men out of what they find and feel, and to reverse the very impressions of sense. South.

    That noble and most sovereign reason,
    Like sweet bells jangl’d out of tune and harsh;
    That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth,
    Blasted with extasy. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    When the mouth is out of taste, it maketh things taste sometimes salt, chiefly bitter, and sometimes loathsome, but never sweet. Francis Bacon.

    By the same fatal blow, the earth fell out of that regular form wherein it was produced at first, into all these irregularities in its present form. Thomas Burnet, on the Earth.

    They all at once employ their thronging darts,
    But out of order thrown, in air they join,
    And multitude makes frustrate the design. Dryden.

    That there be an equality, so that no man acts or speaks out of character. Alexander Pope, View of Ep. Poem.

    Whosoever doth measure by number, must needs be greatly out of love with a thing that hath so many faults; whosoever by weight cannot chuse but esteem very highly of that wherein the wit of so scrupulous adversaries hath not hitherto observed any defect, which themselves can seriously think to be of moment. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 27.

    If ridicule were employed to laugh men out of vice and folly, it might be of some use; but it is made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking every thing solemn and serious. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Amongst those things which have been received with great reason, ought that to be reckoned which the antient practise of the church hath continued out of mind. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 9.

    What, out of hearing gone? no sound, no word?
    Alack, where are you? William Shakespeare.

    I have been an unlawful bawd, time out of mind. William Shakespeare.

    Few had the least suspicion of their intentions, till they were both out of distance to have their conversion attempted. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    With a longer peace, the power of France with so great revenues, and such application, will not encrease every year out of proportion to what ours will do. William Temple.

    He shall only be prisoner at the soldiers quarters; and when I am out of reach, he shall be released. Dryden.

    We see people lulled asleep with solid and elaborate discourses of piety, who would be transported out of themselves by the bellowings of enthusiasm. Addison.

    John Milton’s story was transacted in regions that lie out of the reach of the sun and the sphere of the day. Addison.

    Women weep and tremble at the sight of a moving preacher, though he is placed quite out of their hearing. Addison.

    Heaven defend but still I should stand so,
    So long as out of limit, and true rule,
    You stand against anointed majesty! William Shakespeare.

    The supream being has made the best arguments for his own existence, in the formation of the heavens and the earth, and which a man of sense cannot forbear attending to, who is out of the noise of human affairs. Addison.

    I am out of breath:
    —— How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath?
    To say to me that thou art out of breath? William Shakespeare.

    Out of hope to do any good, he directed his course to Corone. Richard Knolles.

    He found himself left far behind,
    Both out of heart and out of wind. Hudibras.

    I published some fables, which are out of print. Arbuth.

    Out of that will I cause those of Cyprus to mutiny. William Shakespeare.

    She is persuaded I will marry her, out of her own love and flattery, not out of my promise. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The pope, out of the care of an universal father, had in the conclave divers consultations about an holy war against the Turk. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    Not out of cunning, but a train
    Of atoms justling in his brain,
    As learn’d philosophers give out. Hudibras, p. ii.

    Cromwell accused the earl of Manchester, of having betrayed the parliament out of cowardice. Edward Hyde.

    Those that have recourse to a new creation of waters, are such as do it out of laziness and ignorance, or such as do it out of necessity. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Distinguish betwixt those that take state upon them, purely out of pride and humour, and those that do the same in compliance with the necessity of their affairs. Roger L'Estrange.

    Make them conformable to laws, not only for wrath and out of fear of the magistrate’s power, which is but a weak principle of obedience; but out of conscience, which is a firm and lasting principle. John Tillotson.

    What they do not grant out of the generosity of their nature, they may grant out of mere impatience. George Smalridge.

    Our successes have been the consequences of a necessary war; in which we engaged, not out of ambition, but for the defence of all that was dear to us. Francis Atterbury.

    He bade to open wide his brazen gate,
    Which long time had been shut, and out of hand,
    Proclaimed joy and peace through all his state. Fa. Queen.

    No more ado,
    But gather we our forces out of hand,
    And set upon our boasting enemy. William Shakespeare.


  1. out of

    "Out of" is a preposition generally used to indicate a point of origin, state or transition. It expresses a concept where something or someone is no longer within, contained in, or originating from its stated place or original state. This phrase can also indicate a reason, a material or substance from which something is made, depletion of a quantity, proportion, or part of a whole.

Editors Contribution

  1. out of

    To take from

    The tongs is good to take food from the toaster

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2021  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'out of' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #164

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'out of' in Written Corpus Frequency: #231

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of out of in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of out of in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of out of in a Sentence

  1. Mark Regev:

    They were firing thousands of rockets on our civilian population. They were trying to murder our people in their homes. We were defending ourselves, they were firing out of schools. They were firing out of built-up areas. They were firing out of homes, out of mosques, even out of playgrounds.

  2. Yohanan Plesner:

    . ( AP Photo/Oded Balilty) With seeming boundless energy, the 70-year-old Netanyahu has taken to the airwaves and hit the campaign trail, presenting himself to adoring audiences as a global statesman uniquely qualified to lead the country through its many complicated challenges. In recent weeks, he jetted from the White House to Moscow to bring home a young Israeli woman jailed there on drug charges, and flew to Uganda for a meeting with a leader of Sudan, a longtime enemy country. We have turned Israel into a world power, a leader in cyber technology, natural gas, water, agriculture, technology, intelligence, Netanyahu boasted at a recent campaign stop. He claims credit for a strong economy and boasts of his close relationships with world leaders, first and foremost President Donald Trump, while deriding opponent Benny Gantz as a lightweight. In a message that has drawn accusations of racism, he also accuses Gantz of plotting with Arab lawmakers to oust him. In recent days, Netanyahu and his Netanyahus Likud surrogates spread unfounded allegations claiming his opponent is corrupt, unstable and susceptible to blackmail by Iran. Benny Gantz, CITES TWO ADVISERS WHO LIKENED President Donald Trump TO HITLER Being prime minister of Israel is a complicated thing, full of pressures 24 hours a day, Netanyahu added. I dont think Benny Gantz can handle it. Benny Gantz, a former military chief of staff, has focused Benny Gantz campaign on Netanyahus character, saying a man accused of serious crimes is unfit to lead. Benny Gantz has painted Netanyahu as an out-of-touch egomaniac obsessed with remaining in power and escaping justice, while portraying Benny Gantz as a moderate alternative to the polarizing prime minister. Netanyahu, look me in the eye. Because of your obsession with evading trial, youre lying, attacking, dividing, mudslinging, spreading malicious rumors and inciting. Netanyahu, youre poisoning Israel, Gantz said last week. Netanyahu, youve lost it, and youre unworthy of being prime minister for even a single day longer. Weekend polls, the last to be published before the vote, showed Gantzs Blue and White and Netanyahus Likud party in a tight race, though Gantzs party has shown some small signs of slippage over the past week. Even so, the polls forecast both parties and their smaller partners will again fall short of securing the 61-seat majority in parliament required to form a government. The easiest way out of the deadlock would be a unity government between the two parties, which together are expected to control a solid majority in the 120-seat parliament. But Benny Gantz says Benny Gantz will only form a partnership with Netanyahus Likud if Netanyahu steps down. Netanyahu says he must remain prime minister in any unity deal. The deadlock raised the possibility of a fourth election in quick succession. Turnout of key voting groups could end up deciding the race. Weather may play a role, along with fears of the new corona virus which so far has been kept largely in check. Israel set up some 15 stations to allow voting by the hundreds of Israelis who are in home-quarantine after possible exposure to the virus. The biggest obstacle may be voter fatigue. People are fed up. They think were doomed to another gridlock, so whats the point of voting ? said Guy Ben-Porat, chairman of the department of politics and government at Israels Ben-Gurion University. I think this is the decisive factor in turnout, but I cant tell on which side it will work more. Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals in which he is accused of accepting lavish gifts from wealthy friends or exchanging favors with powerful media moguls. With his trial set to start March 17, he is desperate to remain in office. As prime minister, Netanyahu can use his position to rally public support and lash out at what he claims is a vast conspiracy by police, overzealous prosecutors and a hostile media to oust him. Israeli law allows a prime minister to remain in office even if charged with a crime, while requiring other public officials to resign once indicted. While another stalemate seems to be likely, the election could still deliver surprises. Late last week, the Justice Ministry said it would open an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing by a start-up security firm that Benny Gantz chaired after leaving the military. The late-hour announcement was blasted by Gantzs supporters as politically motivated, but its not clear if its had an impact on voters. The firm, which later went out of business, is believed to have won a lucrative police contract without going through a bidding process. Benny Gantz was not named as a suspect. If Netanyahu and his allies can somehow muster a majority, it would give him a new lifeline along with hopes of passing legislation to protect him from prosecution. Gantzs road to victory is even trickier. Cobbling together a coalition would likely rely on outside support from Arab-majority parties a politically unpopular choice that Benny Gantz has ruled out. It also would likely require the support of Avigdor Lieberman, a former Netanyahu ally. Avigdor Lieberman, a wily political operator who has long caused headaches for Netanyahu, has refused to commit to either candidate. But Avigdor Lieberman also has said Avigdor Lieberman will not allow a fourth consecutive election, raising speculation Avigdor Lieberman will ultimately side with Benny Gantz. Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, Israel Democracy Institute, said that if the polls are accurate, the country could face many more months of gridlock unless someone compromises. 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  3. Donald Trump:

    Drive them out, drive out the terrorists. Drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this Earth.

  4. Alan Marshall Beck:

    A boy is a magical creature you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can't lock him out of your heart. You can get him out of your study, but you can't get him out of your mind. Might as well give up he is your captor, your jailer, your boss and your master a freckled-faced, pint-sized, cat-chasing bundle of noise. But when you come home at night with only the shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them like new with two magic words Hi, Dad

  5. Art Linkletter:

    Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

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