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 sexual orientation or gender identity came out as bisexual decided to come out to her family
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from come out

coming-out \ ˌkə-​miŋ-​ˈau̇t How to pronounce come 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 Please, please, please let this come out this year. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 Medical students matriculate early and health-care workers come out of retirement to fill staffing gaps. Washington Post, "2020: The year of the virus," 31 Dec. 2020 Eads noted that much of the flowers and plants for the floats come out of South America, and need to be ordered at least six months in advance. Michael Schneider,, "How the Rose Parade will look different (and not be a parade) on New Year’s Day 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 That’s a way of seeing action come out of your anger, says Dr. Buquè. Elizabeth Gulino,, "2020 Gave Us One Thing Worth Keeping: Anger," 31 Dec. 2020 The man, who is the father of two of the woman’s three children, wanted his son to come out to his car. cleveland, "Amazon truck stolen while driver on porch dropping off package: Cleveland Heights police," 18 Dec. 2020 Becker, on Thursday, declined to give details on the two charges against Kolodziej, and said information on future court dates in Isabella County would come out at a later time. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan prosecutor Brian Kolodziej to face charges of misconduct in office," 17 Dec. 2020 Also in 2017, the company said a new version of its first vehicle, the Roadster, would come out in 2020. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla Cybertruck Hot Wheels toy ships late—just like real Tesla cars," 17 Dec. 2020 And more news about the armed men in the Hummer from Virginia had come out: One of them was a founder of a group called Vets for Trump. New York Times, "He Wanted to Count Every Vote in Philadelphia. His Party Had Other Ideas.," 16 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'come out.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of come out

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about come out

Time Traveler for come out

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for come out

Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Come out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on come out

What made you want to look up come out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!