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 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

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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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First Known Use of come out

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

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“Come out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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