come out

See also: comeout



  • IPA(key): /ˌkʌm ˈaʊt/
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come out (third-person singular simple present comes out, present participle coming out, simple past came out, past participle come out)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see come,‎ out.
    The mouse came out of the hole.
  2. To be discovered, be revealed.
    It finally came out that he had been lying all the time.
  3. To be published, be issued.
    My new book comes out next week.
  4. (old-fashioned or historical) (as a debutante) To make a formal debut in society.
  5. (copulative) To end up or result.
    There were a lot of problems at the start, but it all came out well in the end.
  6. (cricket, of a batsman) To walk onto the field at the beginning of an innings.
  7. (idiomatic, informal) To come out of the closet.
    He came out to his parents as gay last week.
    • 2011, Allan Bérubé, My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History
      I had not come out yet and he was out but wasn't; quite ungay, I would say, and yet gay.
    • August 24 2021, Shon Faye, “‘I feel like it’s quite shaky acceptance’: trans kids and the fight for inclusion”, in The Guardian:
      In March 2017, a 90-year-old second world war veteran called Patricia Davies came out as a transgender woman and began taking hormones, shortly after discussing her lifelong gender dysphoria with her doctor.
  8. To be deducted from.
    That comes out of my paycheck.
  9. To express one's opinion openly.
    You had come out in favor of the French Revolution.
  10. (of the sun, moon or stars) To become visible in the sky as a result of clouds clearing away.
    It's quite warm now the sun's come out.
  11. To go on strike, especially out of solidarity with other workers.
    We got the folks at the Detroit plant to come out too.
  12. To make a debut in a new field.

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