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!
Recent Examples on the Web Tunisia’s electoral commission said Tuesday the two candidates came out on top of the 26 running in Sunday’s first round of voting, Saied with 18.4% support and Karoui with 15.6%. Washington Post, "Jailed tycoon and professor in Tunisia’s presidential runoff," 17 Sep. 2019 Michael McCann examines what might come out of the NFL’s meeting with Antonio Brown’s accuser. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "The Most Impressive NFL Rookies Through Two Weeks," 16 Sep. 2019 As the Jaguars were leaving the field, a fan came out of the stands and engaged the coaches in a shouting match that escalated into a confrontation, McCowan said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helix leaps over St. Augustine for top ranking," 16 Sep. 2019 Those ideas depend on an underlying point none of them came out and said directly: Government can help citizens live better lives and achieve their dreams. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "Why won’t Democrats say they want government to solve problems?," 13 Sep. 2019 What everyone presumably could agree on was that this moment in American history called for a more serious tone than is currently coming out of the Oval Office. The New Yorker, "The New Yorker’s Coverage of the September Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Spokesman David Roy said the $675,000 payout won’t come out of district coffers but is instead covered by its policy with Genesis Insurance. oregonlive, "One year and $675,000 later, Portland Public Schools settles with former top administrator who dated subordinate," 12 Sep. 2019 As a home cocktail enthusiast, knowing my drinks will come out just like the recipe is more important to me than speed. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "This OXO Measuring Cup Is the Most Handy Thing in My Kitchen," 11 Sep. 2019 Witches will come out this of year to cast their spells and cackle away the night. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "A Little Black Magic Pumpkin," 9 Sep. 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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The first known use of come out was before the 12th century

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