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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo out
he/she/itgoes out
present participlegoing out
past tensewent out
past participlegone out
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  1. 1
    to leave your house and go somewhere, especially to do something enjoyable
    I wanted the evenings free for going out with friends.
    go out doing something: We haven’t gone out dancing in a long time.
    go out to do something: Let’s go out to eat tonight.
    go out and do something: She wasn’t allowed go out and play with the other kids.
  2. 2
    to travel to a place that is far away
    go out to: She wished she had been able to go out to South Africa with Nicola.
  3. 4
    [usually progressive] to have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone and spend a lot of time with them
    How long have Rob and Ally been going out?
    go out with: Greg used to go out with Karla.
    go out together: We’ve been going out together for three months now.
  4. 5
    to stop burning or shining
    The fire must have gone out during the night.
  5. 6
    to be broadcast on the radio or television
    The show doesn’t go out until after most children have gone to bed.
    1. a.
      to be told to people
      go out that: Word went out that the factory was in danger of closing.
    2. b.
      to be sent by mail
      The invitations haven’t gone out yet.
  6. 7
    to not be allowed to take part in the next stage of a competition because you have been defeated
    Last year’s champion went out in the second round.
    go out of: England went out of the World Cup amid great controversy.
  7. 8
    to stop being fashionable at a particular time
    That hairstyle went out about ten years ago.
    go out of fashion/style: Classic jewelry like this will never go out of fashion.
  8. 9
    go out on strike to stop working as a protest
    If the postal workers go out on strike, other unions may well join them.
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