come out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
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 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. 6
    if the sun, moon, or stars come out, they start to be able to be seen in the sky
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 9
    to be easy to notice

    Her confidence comes out in the way she speaks.

  10. 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.

  11. 11
    if someone comes out, they travel to the country that you are in, for example in order to visit you

    My parents are coming out for Christmas.

  12. 12
    if a flower comes out, it opens
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  13. 13
    British to stop working as a protest
    come out on strike:

    It seemed clear that the workers would come out on strike.

  14. 14
    to tell people that you are gay
    come out to:

    Coming out to her parents was the hardest part.

  15. 15
    old-fashioned if a young upper-class woman comes out, she formally becomes part of upper-class society by going to a special party or other social event for the first time
See also main entry: come