come 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 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 \ noun

Examples of come out in a Sentence

in the end everything came out OK come out, come out wherever you are!

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Chapman wrote in The New York Times the year the film came out. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Pixar hires its second female feature director," 29 Nov. 2018 Also with a paper coming out last week about [China Telecom's] past with traffic rerouting, this isn't new. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through China," 12 Nov. 2018 When hunger seemingly comes out of nowhere, check your medicine cabinet. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Hungry?," 19 Oct. 2018 There are more: The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 have also come out with some form of the Chromebook-tablet idea, somewhat similar specs, and prices upward of $600. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing," 8 Oct. 2018 It was rumored that the Queen came out in support of Beatrice and Eugenie, though it should be noted that none of this was ever confirmed by the Palace. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Queen Elizabeth Is So Close to Her Granddaughter Princess Eugenie," 7 Oct. 2018 Arrange 20 wafers on a lined sheet tray for easy handling and moving, then pipe orange frosting into the center of a wafer, place another on top, and gently push them together until the frosting almost comes out the side. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 The White House came out publicly against the candidacy of Kim’s Russian rival, Alexander Prokopchuk. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Interpol’s flaws exposed in US-Russia fight over presidency," 21 Nov. 2018 Of all the executives listed in the Times’ story, Sandberg came out looking the worst. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018

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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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