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come out

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

UK to go ​somewhere with someone for a ​socialevent: Would you like to come out for a ​drinksometime?

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  • Can ​Adam come out to ​play?
  • Jenny came out with us last ​night.
  • We can never ​persuade Alan to come out.
  • Would you like to come out with us some ​time?
  • (BE PUBLISHED)

B1 If a ​book, ​record, ​film, etc. comes out, it ​becomesavailable for ​people to ​buy or ​see: When does ​their new ​album come out?

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  • (APPEAR)

B1 When the ​sun, ​moon, or ​stars come out, they ​appear in the ​sky: The ​cloudsfinallyparted and the ​sun came out.
  • (BECOME KNOWN)

C2 If something comes out, it ​becomesknownpublicly after it has been ​keptsecret: After her ​death, it came out that she'd ​lied about her ​age. When the ​truth came out, there was ​publicoutrage.B2 If ​information, ​results, etc. come out, they are given to ​people: The ​examresults come out in ​August.C2 to ​tellpeople that you are ​gay, often after having ​kept this ​secret for some ​time
  • (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.
(Definition of come out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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come out

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (BECOME KNOWN)

to ​becomeknown or be made ​public: When the ​facts came out, there was ​publicoutrage. A ​person who comes out ​tells something ​personal that has been ​keptsecret. When a ​book, ​magazine, or ​newspaper comes out, it ​begins to be ​sold to the ​public: Her ​latestbook is coming out in ​July.

come out

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (APPEAR)

to move into ​fullview: Later in the ​afternoon, it ​stopped raining and the ​sun came out.

come out

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (GIVE OPINION)

to ​express an ​opinion in ​public: The ​candidate came out in ​favor of ​lowertaxes.

come out

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (FINISH)

to be in a ​particularcondition when ​finished: Yourpainting came out really well.

come out

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (MAKE A PICTURE)

to ​produce a ​picture on ​film: My ​camerabroke and none of the ​skiingphotographs came out.
(Definition of come out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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