come out

came out; come out; coming out; comes out

Definition of come out

intransitive verb

1a : to come into public view : make a public appearance a new magazine has come out
b : to become evident his pride came out in his refusal to accept help
2 : to declare oneself especially in public utterance came out in favor of the proposal
3 : to turn out in an outcome : end up everything came out all right
4 : to make a debut
5a : to openly declare one's homosexuality
b : to openly declare something about oneself previously kept hidden often used with asblew his cover and came out as a CIA agent— William Prochnau
come out with
1 : to give expression to came out with a new proposal

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Other Words from come out

coming-out \ ˌkə-​miŋ-​ˈau̇t How to pronounce coming-out (audio) \ noun

Examples of come out in a Sentence

in the end everything came out OK come out, come out wherever you are!
Recent Examples on the Web The audience knew exactly what that meant: Arthur had just come out as gay. Washington Post, "Viral video reignites LGBTQ debate at Quaker school," 5 Dec. 2019 Nevertheless, despite the brief brain fart, James has his squad in a good position to come out of their treacherous Denver-Utah back-to-back with a 2-0 record. Erik García Gundersen, LeBron Wire, "LeBron James got away with a hilarious travel Wednesday night at Jazz," 5 Dec. 2019 Being a Slytherin, Adeyemi delivered: Children of Virtue and Vengeance comes out today, December 3, a mere 20 months after its predecessor hit shelves. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Tomi Adeyemi Makes Magic. Again.," 3 Dec. 2019 Despite a steady overnight snowfall, near freezing temperatures and the occasional sleet storm, Minnesota fans came out in droves for the pregame party’s first trip to the U campus. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Jace Frederick: Given chance to host ESPN’s GameDay, Gophers fans delivered," 30 Nov. 2019 The Poets are back in the Class 1A state semifinal Saturday, hosting Cambridge-South Dorchester at 1 p.m., and Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith knows the visiting Vikings will come out breathing fire. Jeff Seidel,, "Success 'a gift and a curse’ as Dunbar faces Cambridge-South Dorchester in Class 1A state football semifinal," 29 Nov. 2019 Social Studies Latham adds that renting a DIY kit from Social Studies comes out cheaper than hiring a professional party planner or even buying table items yourself. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "The forgotten pleasures of setting a table," 27 Nov. 2019 The greatest thing that has come out of this work, however, is this: My daughter is not unmothered. Vanessa Martir, Longreads, "‘To Be Well’: An Unmothered Woman’s Search for Real Love," 27 Nov. 2019 Whether Republicans directly excused Russia’s 2016 involvement or not, Putin comes out victorious, says Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "How Russian President Vladimir Putin Emerged as a Winner in President Donald Trump's Impeachment Hearings," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of come out

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 Dec 2019

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“Come out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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