intransitive verb


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: to come into public view : make a public appearance

a new magazine has come out


: to become evident

his pride came out in his refusal lớn accept help


: to declare oneself especially in public utterance

came out in favor of the proposal


: to turn out in an outcome : end up

everything came out all right



: to openly declare something about oneself previously kept hidden often used with as

blew his cover and came out as a CIA agentWilliam Prochnau


come out with


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: to give expression to

came out with a new proposal


Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler

The first known use of come out was before the 12th century

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“Come out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Sep. 2023.

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