Definition of go out in English:

go out

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a fire or light) be extinguished.

    ‘a few minutes later the lights went out’
    • ‘He had been in a meeting when the building shook, there was an explosion, half the lights went out and the air conditioning stopped working.’
    • ‘‘There was a loud thump, then the lights went out and everybody started screaming,’ she said.’
    • ‘When the audience had settled, the auditorium lights went out.’
    • ‘Then all the lights went out and the building was blacked out.’
    • ‘The lights went out on about a thousand customers this morning, including City Hall.’
    • ‘I think the street lights went out too - it was pitch black.’
    • ‘Tal saw the light from the fire go out, and decided that it would be wise to return to his own hut.’
    • ‘Suddenly, all of the lights went out, it was pitch dark, and I couldn't even see anything.’
    • ‘The outage caused a minor accident on Main Street late on Tuesday morning after two vehicles collided at Lumber Avenue when the traffic lights went out.’
    • ‘Then at 5.10 pm, and just as the valiant efforts of the groundstaff had started to make the pitch look playable, the lights went out.’
    be turned off, be extinguished
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  • 2(of the tide) ebb.

    • ‘Otherwise they would have suffered another two and a half hour wait before the tide went out again, by which time it would have been dark.’
    • ‘We try going along south along Shore Road, having decided the tide was going out, but it appears to be coming back in, and is blocking the road ahead.’
    • ‘As the tide went out yesterday, cavalcades of cars and transit vans poured into the area, with a Spanish lorry parked at Bardsea and a ship on standby in the bay waiting to be loaded.’
    • ‘Water subsided in some areas as the tide went out but the diversion signs were back up again at high tide on Thursday morning and Thursday evening.’
    • ‘Hundreds bathed, and the tide went out so far that the harbour at low water was empty.’
    • ‘Sharon, who has been teaching English in Thailand for three years, was on the beach near her hotel when she noticed the tide had suddenly gone out.’
    • ‘Six hours after they were stranded, the tide went out and the couple walked to safety.’
    • ‘Within an hour and a half the tide had gone out again and the clean-up operation began in earnest.’
    • ‘The thing is, we didn't realise that the tide went out so far.’
    • ‘He says he and a friend were just about to go snorkeling when they noticed the tide had gone out much farther than usual.’
    recede, go out, retreat, flow back, draw back, fall back, fall away, abate, subside
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  • 3Leave one's home to go to a social event.

    ‘I'm going out for dinner’
    • ‘Poor levels of lighting had been making elderly residents reluctant to go out at night to events in the Butler Community Centre or even to the local shops.’
    • ‘Milen Muskov is an engineer who graduated in journalism and describes himself as a modern young man interested in films, football and going out with friends.’
    • ‘The 18 year-old said he didn't know as yet what he wanted to do after school, but there was one thing for certain he was going out with his friends to celebrate his results.’
    • ‘This afternoon we did something we've never done before: we went out for Thanksgiving dinner, with my parents.’
    • ‘Justin and I went out to dinner last night, to our favorite restaurant.’
    • ‘I wasn't a very social person, nor did I enjoy social events or going out on the town.’
    • ‘Stuffing her cell phone into her purse she darted down the stairs and out the door before her mother could ask her why she was going out at nine on a school night.’
    • ‘We don't wear our uniforms (they're only for ceremonial events) when we go out incognito.’
    • ‘We went out to dinner one night, but the cuisine didn't agree with me.’
    • ‘My job is quite social, and everybody goes out after work.’
  • 4Carry on a regular romantic or sexual relationship.

    ‘he was going out with her best friend’
    • ‘Actually, he's going out with someone else now.’
    • ‘I have been going out with him since September 26th 2000.’
    • ‘My boyfriend and I have been going out for nine months.’
    • ‘The girl I'm going out with now I've known for a little over three years but I never really talked to her until this summer during a backpacking trip in Lake Tahoe.’
    • ‘He was going out with this girl who was an artist.’
    • ‘I had had a bad relationship a year prior to going out with him and things were good between us, we seemed to click (well, at least I thought we did).’
    • ‘I was going out with this guy for two years and all that time he had been seeing another girl.’
    • ‘They had been going out for about eighteen months and were about to move in together.’
    • ‘I'm going out with this guy, but he rarely calls.’
    • ‘Arran, who works in the building trade has been going out with Laura for the past 11 years, and the happy couple will honeymoon in St. Lucia, Barbados.’
    see, take out, be someone's boyfriend, be someone's girlfriend, be romantically involved with, go around with, keep company
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  • 5Used to convey someone's deep sympathy or similar feeling.

    ‘her heart went out to the pitiful figure’
    • ‘My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, but also to the driver of the vehicle.’
    • ‘Our sympathy and prayers go out to them all on this anniversary of Kieran's death.’
    • ‘Rolf's heart went out to the little boy and he reached out and touched his cheek.’
    • ‘Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and the families of all those involved.’
    • ‘He will be missed dearly, and our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his wonderful family.’
    • ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and fiends.’
    • ‘As Sam drove, he listened to Jimmy, and his heart went out to the boy.’
    • ‘My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families who have lost sons and husbands, fathers, brothers.’
    • ‘‘We have expressed our sympathies to the family involved and our heart goes out to them at this very sad time,’ he said.’
    • ‘And I often meet with the parents of soldiers who were killed in action, and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of them.’
  • 6Golf
    Play the first nine holes in a round of eighteen holes.

    ‘McAllister went out in 43’
    Compare with come home (see home)
    • ‘Faldo, playing with Ian Poulter, one of the next generation of English young guns, got off to a great start with birdies at the second and fourth holes to go out in 34.’
    • ‘When I bogeyed those three holes going out, I was a bit concerned but I held it together after that.’
  • 7(in some card games) be the first to dispose of all the cards in one's hand.

    • ‘As a further development of the above ideas, some players do not allow a player to go out by discarding a card that could have been melded.’
    • ‘In these games, you do not necessarily have to form all your cards into sets to go out.’
    • ‘When only a few cards are left in the stock and it is your turn to go perhaps overdraw from it to get the cards you need to go out if you may manage it.’
    • ‘The play ends when a player goes out, i.e. disposes of all the cards in hand.’
    • ‘When a player goes out, by disposing of all their cards, the other players score penalty points for all the cards remaining in their hands.’
    • ‘Getting rid of your last card is called going out.’
    • ‘If a player is going out (no cards left), discard is not necessary.’
    • ‘You go out by melding all your cards except one, and discarding the last card.’
    • ‘To go out you meld all of your cards, or all except one, which you discard.’
    • ‘Players score for cards melded according to the point values printed on the cards, and are penalised for unmelded cards when another player goes out.’