Meaning of “come out” in the English Dictionary

"come out" in British English

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come out

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

(SOCIAL EVENT)

UK to go somewhere with someone for a social event:

Would you like to come out for a drink sometime?

More examples

  • 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 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)

"come out" in American English

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come out

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(BECOME KNOWN)

to become known or be made public:

When the facts came out, there was public outrage.

A person who comes out tells something personal that has been kept secret.

When a book, magazine, or newspaper comes out, it begins to be sold to the public:

Her latest book 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 full view:

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 lower taxes.

come out

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(FINISH)

to be in a particular condition when finished:

Your painting 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 camera broke and none of the skiing photographs came out.

(Definition of “come out” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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