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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
  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 for 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. 3
    when the tide goes out, the water in the sea flows away from the land
  4. 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 Sue been going out?

    go out with:

    Greg used to go out with Katy.

    go out together:

    We’ve been going out together for three months now.

  5. 5
    to stop burning or shining

    The fire must have gone out during the night.

  6. 6
    to be broadcast on the radio or television

    The show doesn’t go out until after most kids 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 8
    to stop being fashionable at a particular time

    That hairstyle went out about ten years ago.

    go out of fashion/style:

    Classic jewellery like this will never go out of fashion.

  9. 9
    go out on strike to stop working as a protest

    If the postal workers go out on strike, other sectors may well join them.

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