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 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

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

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The year the original Lion King came out, Hollywood writers were in the grip of VR fever. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema," 20 June 2019 But some aren’t so dumb when the medical odds later come out. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Kevin Durant’s injury is all pain, no gain for anyone | Commentary," 11 June 2019 The midnight book debut parties, full of teenagers in their robes and wizard hats, are over, ending in 2007, when J.K. Rowling’s last installment came out. Gabrielle Russon,, "As Hagrid roller coaster debuts at Universal, love for Wizarding World of Harry Potter still runs strong," 10 June 2019 This is five years ago, when your piece came out in The Atlantic? The New Yorker, "Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations," 10 June 2019 ProPublica: During that data cleaning process, is that where the journalist comes out? Hannah Fresques, ProPublica, "“Your Default Position Should Be Skepticism” and Other Advice for Data Journalists From Hadley Wickham," 10 June 2019 That’s expected to show up this afternoon at the big E3 gaming show when AMD presumably hosts its real coming out party. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel challenges AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to take the Core i9-9900K's real-world gaming crown," 10 June 2019 Halo Infinite will be released along with the new Xbox for the holiday season, much like when the first Xbox console first came out. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "E3: Microsoft Reveals Project Scarlett, It's Next Console With Cloud Gaming Capabilities," 9 June 2019 More than 20 papers using the digit ratio have already come out this year. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 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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