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come out

verb uk phrasal verb with come   /kʌm/ (came, come) us  

(SOCIAL EVENT)

UK to go somewhere with someone for a social event: Would you like to come out for a drink sometime?Being, becoming friends and getting to know someone

(BE PUBLISHED)

B1 If a book, record, film, etc. comes out, it becomes available for people to buy or see: When does their new album come out?Available and accessiblePresent

(APPEAR)

B1 When the sun, moon, or stars come out, they appear in the sky: The clouds finally parted and the sun came out.Appearing and disappearing

(BECOME KNOWN)

C2 If something comes out, it becomes known publicly after it has been kept secret: After her death, it came out that she'd lied about her age. When the truth came out, there was public outrage.Revealing secrets and becoming known B2 If information, results, etc. come out, they are given to people: The exam results come out in August.Announcing, informing and stating C2 to tell people that you are gay, often after having kept this secret for some timeRelating to sexual preference

(RESULT)

[+ adv/prep or adjective] to be in a certain condition or to achieve something at the end of a process or activity: She came out of the divorce settlement a rich woman. These figures have come out wrong! I don't understand it. Your painting has come out really well. He hasn't exactly come out of the scandal with his reputation enhanced.Coming to an endCausing something to end

(BE REMOVED)

C2 If dirt or a mark comes out, it disappears from something when it is cleaned: Did the red wine stain come out?Cleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words

(PHOTO)

If a photo or part of a photo comes out, the picture can be seen clearly: The photos didn't come out because the room was so dark. He's in the picture, but his face hasn't come out very clearly.Photography

(GIVE OPINION)

[+ adv/prep] to express an opinion: In the survey politicians came out overwhelmingly in favour of capital punishment. Some of the members supported the changes, but the majority came out against.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions

(BE SAID)

C2 If something you say comes out in a particular way, that is how you say it: I didn't mean to be rude - it just came out like that. When I tried to tell her that I loved her it came out all wrong.Ways of talking

(STOP WORK)

UK If workers come out, they stop working because of a disagreement: The postal workers have come out in support of their pay claim.Industrial action

(OPEN)

When flowers come out, they open: Daffodils come out in spring.Flowers - general wordsFlowers and flowering plants
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