come out

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come out (third-person singular simple present comes out, present participle coming out, simple past came out, past participle come out)

  1. To be discovered, be revealed.
    It finally came out that he had been lying all the time.
  2. To be published, be issued.
    My new book comes out next week.
  3. (as a debutante) To make a formal debut in society.
  4. To end up or result.
    There were a lot of problems at the start, but it all came out well in the end.
  5. (cricket, of a batsman) To walk onto the field at the beginning of an innings.
  6. (idiomatic, informal) To come out of the closet.
    He came out about being gay to his parents last week.
    • 2011, Allan Bérubé, My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History
      I had not come out yet and he was out but wasn't; quite ungay, I would say, and yet gay.
  7. To be deducted from.
    That comes out of my paycheck.
  8. To leave (out of), exit from.
    The mouse came out of the hole.
  9. To express one's opinion openly.
    You had come out in favor of the French Revolution.

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