come out


came out; come out; coming out; comes out

intransitive verb

: to come into public view : make a public appearance
a new magazine has come out
: to become evident
his pride came out in his refusal to accept help
: to declare oneself especially in public utterance
came out in favor of the proposal
: to turn out in an outcome : end up
everything came out all right
: to make a debut
: to openly declare one's sexual orientation or gender identity
came out as bisexual
decided to come out to her family
: to openly declare something about oneself previously kept hidden
often used with as
blew his cover and came out as a CIA agentWilliam Prochnau
coming-out noun
come out with
: to give expression to
came out with a new proposal

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of come out was before the 12th century

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“Come out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

come out

: to come into public view
: to turn out to be
everything came out all right

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