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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 social event: Would you like to come out for a drink sometime?
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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 becomes available 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 clouds finally parted and the sun came out.

(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.B2 If information, results, etc. come out, they are given to people: The exam results come out in August.C2 to tell people that you are gay, often after having kept this secret for some time

(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.

(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?

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(OPEN)

When flowers come out, they open: Daffodils come out in spring.
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