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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Bake until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 18 to 22 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ghost Cupcakes," 12 Sep. 2019 About 40 volunteers came out to help set up and keep the parade running smoothly, including members from several local Rotary clubs, members of Poway’s Community Emergency Response Team and community members. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Rotary Parade marks 55th year with successful event," 12 Sep. 2019 But too often the story gets bogged down in its own dense legendaria, burrowing into the past and present of each character out of nostalgia for a film that came out only two years ago. David Sims, The Atlantic, "It Chapter Two Is a Blockbuster Horror Epic," 3 Sep. 2019 These include caterpillars coming out of your eyes, a gigantic swelling head, or being unable to speak. Alice Rudge, Quartz, "Why we laugh when we know we shouldn’t," 28 Aug. 2019 Atletico and Juventus aren't exactly strangers to each other, having met in the knockout stages of the European competition last year, Juve narrowly coming out on top over the two-legged tie., "Champions League: Picking a Combined XI From Teams in Group D," 17 Sep. 2019 Sean Cormie, 23, told KFOR-TV, NBC’s Oklahoma City affiliate, that his family had been urging him and his partner, Gary Garner, to attend services at First Assembly of God Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma, ever since Cormie came out as gay last spring. NBC News, "Church under investigation for allegedly holding down gay man to pray away sexuality," 17 Sep. 2019 But because the final polls came out before the bowl season, Alabama still was crowned the national champ. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Freddie Kitchens assesses his place among Alabama QBs," 16 Sep. 2019 And anyway, Trump's popularity in Israel meant there was little to be gained electorally by coming out against him. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Trump may no longer be the gift that keeps on giving for Netanyahu," 16 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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