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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome out
he/she/itcomes out
present participlecoming out
past tensecame out
past participlecome out
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  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 fixed 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.
  5. 5
    if something such as a book or a film 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 holiday photos came out.
    1. a.
      to have a particular appearance in a photograph
      The colour 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.
  8. 9
    to be easy to notice
    Her confidence comes out in the way she speaks.
  9. 10
    to state a decision or opinion officially or publicly
    come out in favour of/against (doing) something: The commission has come out against the takeover.
    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. 13
    British to stop working as a protest
    come out on strike: It seemed clear that the workers would come out on strike.
  11. 14
    to tell people that you are gay
    come out to: Coming out to her parents was the hardest part.
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