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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 ​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/ )
  • (FLOW AWAY)

(of the ​oceantide) 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)







"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 ​terriblysmoky in here - I'm just going out for a ​breath of ​freshair. [+ -ing verb] She goes out ​partying with her ​friends every ​weekend.

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  • (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.

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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 ​stopsproducinglight or ​heat: When I ​woke up the ​fire had gone out.
(Definition of go out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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