Meaning of “go out” in the English Dictionary

"go out" in British English

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go out

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

(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 terribly smoky in here - I'm just going out for a breath of fresh air.
[ + -ing verb ] She goes out partying with her friends every weekend.

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(RELATIONSHIP)

B1 to have a romantic and usually sexual relationship 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.

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  • 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.

(SEA)

If the tide goes out, it moves back and covers less of the beach.

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(LIGHT/FIRE)

B1 If a light or something that is burning goes out, it stops producing light or heat:

When I woke up the fire had gone out.

(Definition of “go out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"go out" in American English

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go out

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

(BE WITH)

to have a romantic relationship, 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/

(FLOW AWAY)

(of the ocean tide) to be flowing to a lower level:

While we were gone the tide had gone out, leaving our boat sitting on a sandbar.

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

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