out = not burning, not shining
go out – Suddenly all the lights in the building went out.
put out a fire / a cigarette / a light – We managed to put the fire out.
turn out a light – I turned the lights out before leaving.
blow out a candle – We don’t need the candle. You can blow it out.
work out = do physical exercises
– Rachel works out at the gym three times a week.
work out = develop, progress
– Good luck for the future. I hope everything works out well for you.
– A : Why did James leave the company?
B : Things didn’t work out. (= things didn’t work out well)
work out a problem / difficulties, etc. = solve, put right
– The family has been having some problems, but I’m sure they’ll work things out.
work out a plan / an agreement / a contact, etc. = produce a plan, etc.
– The two sides in the conflict are trying to work out a peace plan.
Other verbs + out
carry out an order / an experiment / a survey / an investigation / a plan, etc.
– Soldiers are expected to carry out orders.
– An investigation into the accident will be carried out as soon as possible.
figure out something / somebody = understand
– Can you help me figure out why my answer to this math problem is wrong?
– Why did Erica do that? I can’t figure her out.
find out that/what/when …, etc., find out about something = get information
– THe police never found out who committed the murder.
– I just found out that it’s Helen’s birthday today.
– I went online to find out about hotels in the town.
hand/give things out = give to each person
– At the end of the lecture, the city, our guide pointed out all the sights.
– I didn’t realize I’d made a mistake until somebody pointed it out to me.
run out (of something) = use all of something
– We ran out of gas on the freeway. (= we used all our gas)
turn out to be … / turn out good/nice, etc. / turn out that …
– Nobody believed Paul at first, but he turned out to be right.
(= it became clear in the end that he was right.)
– The weather wasn’t so good in the morning, but it turned out nice later.
try out a machine, a system, a new idea, etc. = test it to see if it is OK
– The company is trying out a new computer system at the moment