Definition of come out in US English:

come out

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a fact) emerge; become known.

    ‘it came out that the accused had illegally registered to vote’
    • ‘She withdrew under a stormy cloud after it came out that she hadn't paid Social Security taxes on her housekeeper.’
    • ‘And the word came out that everyone not in should stay away, and that those who were in should stay in the office as it was safest, and it just got more and more surreal.’
    • ‘But later that weekend, it came out that everyone was enamoured with a piece of land near Fairlie, so sights had been set, plans had to be made.’
    • ‘Mid-April, it came out that the contract had gone $60 million over an $180 million budget.’
    • ‘She says the system worked in this case because your case was reversed before it came out that these guys had confessed.’
    • ‘But we all said our piece, and then it just came out that heck, this is business, and we treat all our clients and customers with respect, right?’
    • ‘Somehow it came out that he was seventy years old, a fact that my father repeated politely for my mother and me.’
    • ‘Then it came out that a wheelie bin being used by a contractor to store computer backup data tapes for five departments had been disposed of as garbage.’
    • ‘This was before it came out that he had only adopted a Liverpudlian accent in the first place to get a job with a radio station in Oklahoma, where all Brits were expected to sound like the Beatles.’
    • ‘Then the news came out that he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but he was going to try and make one more album before he died.’
    become known, become common knowledge, become apparent, come to light, emerge, transpire
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    1. 1.1 Happen as a result.
      ‘something good can come out of something that went wrong’
      • ‘Somehow, I don't think that's the only result that will come out of this before it's all over, though.’
      • ‘There is, however, one valuable result that might come out of the leadership campaign.’
      • ‘It's not as if a good result has come out of nowhere.’
      • ‘We are quite worried about this development as it has come out of the blue.’
      • ‘One of the main developments to have come out of the past two decades was the realisation of the need to diversify the economy to other equally promising alternatives.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the autonomy of phonology is one of the firmest results to have come out of the past couple of decades of phonological research.’
      • ‘She said proposals to change policy or procedure in response to survey results will come out of the standing committees of the council in the next year or two.’
      • ‘So there's a definite commercial value that has come out of developing the technology behind the torch.’
      • ‘We have seen some fantastic results come out of this and now that we have funding for two more years no doubt we will see a lot more.’
      • ‘They come forward fearlessly with the research that they have undertaken and the results that have come out of it.’
      end, finish, conclude, terminate, develop, result, work out, turn out
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    2. 1.2 (of a photograph) be produced satisfactorily or in a specified way.
      ‘I hope my photographs come out all right’
      • ‘Very rarely does a photograph come out exactly as I viewed it in my mind.’
      • ‘I tried taking a photograph but it come out as just a white blur in the distance across the usual city-scape.’
      • ‘The meerkats seemed to be posing for her, so I just hope the pics come out ok.’
      • ‘I'm not the best photographer, so I hope they come out ok!’
      • ‘There are two more in the eyes, but this does not come out so clearly in the photograph.’
      • ‘I hope they come out well enough I can just put them all up sight unseen at the end of the month.’
      • ‘The features which occur in the largest number of the faces photographed coincide and come out strongest, and give the typical face.’
      • ‘They all took some photos which I hope will come out.’
      • ‘Caterers go out of business; weddings have to be postponed or cancelled due to accidents and illness; wedding dresses get damaged and photographs don't come out.’
      • ‘In the 1950s photographs often didn't come out at all, or were so fuzzy that they were thrown away.’
    3. 1.3 (of the result of a calculation or measurement) emerge at a specified figure.
      ‘rough cider usually comes out at about eight percent alcohol’
      • ‘The profit to income percentage comes out at 4.74 per cent.’
      • ‘Well that's a revelation: Victoria's road-related death rate comes out at 0.01%!’
      • ‘They still have five or six million in sterling and US dollars and even divided among twenty robbers that still comes out at a tidy sum.’
      • ‘But with airport taxes the return fare comes out at £26.’
      • ‘When the expenditure by other Government Departments involved with the Presidency is taken into account, the overall cost comes out at over 9 million.’
      • ‘As a percentage of gross national product, that comes out at 0.4%.’
      • ‘That comes out at around £150 a week take home, and you have to try and live on that.’
      • ‘Four thousand times even the low-end figure of $500,000 comes out to $2 billion.’
      • ‘This complex calculation apparently comes out at £3.7b, a whisker under the mid-price for the offer.’
      • ‘When this was factored in, the actual figures came out as having one speed camera every 29 miles on the most dangerous roads, but only one every 35 miles on the safest.’
  • 2(of a book or other work) appear; be released or published.

    • ‘She appeared on the show when the book just came out.’
    • ‘The Review started as a monthly, and now is published daily with an expanded edition that comes out once a week.’
    • ‘Even though the collection of articles that appeared in the first two years have now come out as a book, the serial continues.’
    • ‘Once back in New York City, the days turned into weeks, and I began to make calls to the publisher to inquire when my book would be coming out.’
    • ‘It appears that when the book first came out it only cost about $29 or so.’
    • ‘Clarke's book didn't come out until after the film was released.’
    • ‘The chain is confidently predicting that the book will smash publishing records when it comes out on July 16.’
    • ‘He has two children's books coming out at Christmas.’
    • ‘When contrarian books come out, newsrooms would do well to have somebody already suited up for quick sleuthing.’
    • ‘The book eventually came out at the start of this year with a Russian publisher.’
    be published, be issued, be released, be brought out, be produced, be printed, appear, go on sale
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  • 3Declare oneself as being for or against something.

    ‘residents have come out against the proposals’
    • ‘Instead, they have come out against such ill-conceived, ineffective rubbish as breed-specific legislation.’
    • ‘Lately even British crime writers have come out against her.’
    • ‘You're the last one left who hasn't come out against me.’
    • ‘Now he's come out against the new plan for electing these folks through a complex series of town caucuses and called instead for direct nationwide elections.’
    • ‘I'm not ready to come out against him at this point, as I want to look at his writings before I make that determination.’
    • ‘She comes out against Democrats; you come out against Republicans.’
    • ‘In July the Sunday Herald revealed that the Scottish Law Commission was sufficiently worried about the legal confusion that could be caused by the draft bill to have come out against it.’
    • ‘Local politicians have come out against the proposed route.’
    • ‘You have come out against an independent investigation of all that.’
    • ‘Residents have come out against making any special arrangements for the summer solstice celebrations for fear of attracting more visitors than the village can cope with.’
  • 4Achieve a specified placing in an examination or contest.

    ‘he deservedly came out the winner on points’
    ‘she came out victorious’
    • ‘On Sunday morning the boys were ready and worked hard to come out victorious with a final score of 6-4.’
    • ‘The threat was clear and we managed, through a foreign policy that was realistic and vigilant, to get through it and come out victorious.’
    • ‘He wrote the commercial tax officers' examination, and came out second in the State.’
    • ‘This was a very evenly matched contest, and Crookstown came out the winners with the only score of the match.’
    • ‘Nevertheless these girls put in a great effort and deservedly came out winners on a score of 1 goal and 2 points to 2 points.’
    • ‘It re-ignites personal belief, faith and desire in oneself to achieve and to come out winning!’
    • ‘The pupils came out deserving winners in the end.’
    • ‘The top two teams in division two went head to head with Six Bells coming out victorious against Crescent ‘A’.’
    • ‘Roy had entered some jazz contest and came out the regional champion.’
    • ‘Admittedly there have only been two meetings between the pair, but each time Clarke has deservedly come out on top.’
    1. 4.1 Acquit oneself in a specified way.
      ‘surprisingly, it's Penn who comes out best’
      • ‘In my unscientific examination Garry came out quite well.’
  • 5(of a stain) be removed or able to be removed.

    • ‘I went to the local convenience store and got a bottle with bleach alternative, and all of the stains came out!’
    • ‘Despite her best efforts, the stain didn't come out, and Josh was only left with a large wet mark that drew more attention than the stain, itself.’
    • ‘Even the toughest grease or ketchup stains will come out without effort if you catch them in their beginning stages.’
    • ‘Really, the only reason I went through this to begin with is because I don't want to have to buy a new purse if the stains won't come out.’
    • ‘His self-loathing was like a stain that would never come out, no matter how many different cleaning chemicals you tried.’
    • ‘If the stains didn't come out, it wouldn't be a big deal.’
    • ‘I have it all gummed up with stain remover right now and before I go to bed, I'm going to pray one more time that the stain will come out.’
  • 6informal Openly declare that one is homosexual.

    • ‘There are more gay and lesbian students coming out, at an earlier age, than ever before.’
    • ‘For me, coming out meant that I was an openly gay person in the lives of all who knew me.’
    • ‘The new album has let her express her homosexuality and feelings about coming out, themes she's kept muted until now.’
    • ‘I have realized that being openly and proudly gay means coming out repeatedly.’
    • ‘Every openly gay man knows that coming out isn't just a one-time occurrence.’
    • ‘For years the now openly gay singer refrained from coming out.’
    • ‘However, the source adds that they might never be able to come out publicly as a couple because the man is a footballer.’
    • ‘Then too, as more and more gays come out and live openly, they become more conveniently available targets for homophobes.’
    • ‘There is a sense among gay men and lesbians that they can come out to family members but still cannot do so in public.’
    • ‘In coming out, your sexuality is now freed - it's not disguised.’
    declare that one is homosexual, come out of the closet
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  • 7British dated (of a young upper-class woman) make one's debut in society.

    enter society, be presented, debut, make one's debut in society
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