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Definition of come out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


come out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1when the sun, moon, or stars come out, they appear The rain stopped and the sun came out.
  2. 2(of flowers) to open The daffodils came out early this year.
  3. 3to be produced or published When is her new novel coming out?
  4. 4(of news, the truth, etc.) to become known The full story came out at the trial. + that… It came out that he'd been telling lies.
  5. 5if a photograph comes out, it is a clear picture when it is developed and printed The photos from our trip didn't come out.
  6. 6to be shown clearly Her best qualities come out in a crisis.
  7. 7when words come out, they are spoken I tried to say “I love you,” but the words wouldn't come out.
  8. 8to say publicly whether you agree or disagree with something He came out against the plan. In her speech, the senator came out in favor of a change in the law.
  9. 9to no longer hide the fact that you are homosexual
  10. 10(of a young upper-class girl, especially in the past) to be formally introduced into society

    come out (of something)

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  1. 1(of an object) to be removed from a place where it is fixed This nail won't come out.
  2. 2(of dirt, a mark, etc.) to be removed from something by washing or cleaning These ink stains won't come out of my dress. Will the color come out (= become faint or disappear) if I wash it?
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