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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycome out
he/she/itcomes out
present participlecoming out
past tensecame out
past participlecome out
  1. 1
    if something comes out, it becomes known
    He said it’ll all come out in court.
    it comes out that: It eventually came out that she was already married.
  2. 2
    to stop being attached somewhere
    Another of her baby teeth came out yesterday.
  3. 3
    to be removed from something such as clothing or cloth by washing or rubbing
    We scrubbed the carpet with soap but the stains still wouldn’t come out.
  4. 4
    to be spoken, heard, or understood in a particular way
    I didn’t mean it to come out as a criticism.
    come out (all) wrong: She had only meant to defend herself, but it had come out all wrong.
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  5. 5
    if something such as a book or a movie comes out, it becomes available to buy or see
    We’ve recorded a new album, and it’s coming out in the spring.
  6. 7
    if a photograph comes out, the chemical process that produces it is successful
    None of my vacation photos came out.
    1. a.
      to have a particular appearance in a photograph
      The color of her eyes hasn’t really come out.
  7. 8
    to have a particular result, or to end in a particular way
    It’s impossible at this stage to judge how the vote will come out.
    come out (all) right in the end: I’m sure it will all come out all right in the end.
    1. a.
      to be a particular number or amount that is the result of a calculation or measurement
      come out at: The total comes out at well over $10,000.
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  8. 9
    to be easy to notice
    Her confidence comes out in the way she speaks.
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  9. 10
    to state a decision or opinion officially or publicly
    come out in favor of/against (doing) something: The commission has come out against the takeover.
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    1. a.
      to say something in an open, honest, or public way that often makes someone feel surprised, embarrassed, or offended
      come (right) out and say something: We were all thinking he’d made a mistake, but nobody would come out and say it.
  10. 12
    if a flower comes out, it opens
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  11. 13
    to tell people that you are gay
    come out to: Coming out to her parents was the hardest part.
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  12. 15
    British to stop working as a protest
    come out on strike: It seemed clear that the workers would come out on strike.
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