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phrasal verb [intransitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywant out
he/she/itwants out
present participlewanting out
past tensewanted out
past participlewanted out
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  1. 1
    to wish to leave a place
    Would you open the door? The dog wants out.
    She wanted out of the jail cell so badly she started to scream.
  2. 2
    to wish to leave a situation or relationship and no longer be involved in it
    Malcolm wanted out of his job.
    Stephanie is fed up with her husband. She just wants out of the marriage.
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