come out

verb

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 as blew 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
2 : publish

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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

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Dove played not one but TWO leads in Disney's Liv and Maddie, as well as the lead female in Descendants, the third of which is coming out this summer. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Dove Cameron's Net Worth is Hefty Thanks to All of Her Work for Disney," 27 Mar. 2019 Most Read Nation & World Stories Among the hundreds who came out to see O’Rourke at Penn State, some expect a competitive Pennsylvania primary and want to get to know the candidates better. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive," 25 Mar. 2019 Poetic asides to Bruce Weber, where her truly funny sense of humor would come out. Francesco Carrozzini, WSJ, "In Franca Sozzani’s Letters, A Son Sees His Mother’s Creative Spirit," 11 Feb. 2019 The movie, which comes out on April 12, actually started as Black-ish star Marsai's idea, after she was inspired by the Tom Hanks movie Big, according to ScreenRant. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Little" Trailer Features Marsai Martin as a De-Aged Regina Hall," 9 Jan. 2019 She's been busy producing and promoting her new TV movie Life-Size 2, which came out in December, and working on her long-running show America's Next Top Model. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Deeper Reason Tyra Banks Is Leaving 'AGT'," 28 Dec. 2018 And Justice League, which came out in 2017, had two — one of which teased a future villain. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman’s post-credits scene, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 The red flag comes out, a stoppage to clear the track. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 That Never Happened Two Fyre Festival documentaries came out this year (this one, which premiered on Netflix in January, and Fyre Fraud, which premiered on Hulu a few weeks before), but the Netflix one is superior for several reasons. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Documentaries of 2019 That Are Already Changing Everything," 20 Mar. 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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