go out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “go out” in the English Dictionary

"go out" in British English

See all translations

go out

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

go out (LEAVE)

A1 to ​leave a ​room or ​building, ​especially in ​order to do something for ​entertainment: Please ​close the ​door as you go out. Do you ​want to go out for a ​drink after ​work? It's ​terriblysmoky in here - I'm just going out for a ​breath of ​freshair. [+ -ing verb] She goes out ​partying with her ​friends every ​weekend.
More examples

go out (RELATIONSHIP)

B1 to have a ​romantic and usually ​sexualrelationship with someone: How ​long have you been going out with him? They'd been going out (together/with each other) for ​almost five ​years before he ​moved in with her.
More examples
  • They went out with each other for five ​years before getting ​married.
  • She's going out with one of her ​colleagues.
  • He hasn't gone out with anyone since he got ​divorced two ​years ago.
  • He has gone out with a ​string of ​beautiful women.
  • She will only go out with men who are ​taller than her.

go out (SEA)

If the tide goes out, it ​moves back and ​covers less of the ​beach.
Compare
More examples

go out (LIGHT/FIRE)

B1 If a ​light or something that is ​burning goes out, it ​stopsproducinglight or ​heat: When I ​woke up the ​fire had gone out.

go out (SPORT/SPORTS)

UK to ​lose when you are ​playing in a ​sportscompetition, so that you must ​stopplaying in the ​competition: England went out to France in the second round of the ​championship.
(Definition of go out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"go out" in American English

See all translations

go out

phrasal verb with go  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present tense goes, present participle going, past tense went  /went/ , past participle gone  /ɡɔn, ɡɑn/ )

go out (BE WITH)

to have a ​romanticrelationship, esp. one that ​includes going ​places together: We’ve been going out for five ​months.

go out

phrasal verb with go  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present tense goes, present participle going, past tense went  /went/ , past participle gone  /ɡɔn, ɡɑn/ )

go out (FLOW AWAY)

(of the ​ocean tide ) to be ​flowing to a ​lowerlevel: While we were gone the ​tide had gone out, ​leavingourboatsitting on a ​sandbar.
(Definition of go out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of go out?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“go out” in English

    Word of the Day
    public school

    in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

    Word of the Day

    Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
    Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
    by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
    August 27, 2015
    The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

    Read More 

    hyperpalatable adjective
    hyperpalatable adjective
    August 24, 2015
    describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

    Read More