go out

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go out (third-person singular simple present goes out, present participle going out, simple past went out, past participle gone out)

  1. (intransitive) To leave, especially a building.
    Please go out through the back door.
    • 2022 February 24, Irina, Russia Ukraine conflict: Putin launches full-scale invasion[1], Channel 4 News, 5:45 from the start:
      Vladimir Putin, please, go out to our country. Go out. Go out. We don't want you. We don't want war and we don't want you. But if you come- it will be very bad because I know our army, I know our peoples now is panic, but tomorrow it will be all in one, and then it will be very bad for you. Please go out from here, just go out!
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To leave one's abode to go to public places, especially for recreation or entertainment.
    Antonym: stay in
    They were going to stay in and read, but instead went out shopping.
    On their first date they went out to dinner at a restaurant.
    Let's go out tonight and have some fun!
  3. (intransitive) To be eliminated from a competition.
    Our team went out in the third round.
  4. (intransitive) To be turned off or extinguished.
    The lights went out.
  5. (intransitive) To become extinct, to expire.
    • 1922, Alfred Edward Housman, XXVIII, lines 3-4
      And cold the poor man lies at night, / And so goes out the year.
  6. (intransitive, card games) To discard or meld all the cards in one's hand.
    Leon made two canastas, then went out by melding treys.
  7. (intransitive) To pass out of fashion.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 35:
      And ‘blubbing’... Blubbing went out with ‘decent’ and ‘ripping’. Mind you, not a bad new language to start up. Nineteen-twenties schoolboy slang could be due for a revival.
    Antonym: come in
    He thought Nehru jackets went out in the late seventies.
  8. (intransitive, of a couple) To have a romantic relationship, one that involves going out together on dates; to be a couple.
    They've been going out for three years now, but still live apart.
    Jack and Susan are going out.
  9. (intransitive, with with) To have a romantic relationship (with someone).
    Do you think she will go out with anyone this year?
  10. (colloquial) To fail.
    I'd like to help clear the field, but my knee went out on me.
  11. (intransitive, with on) To spend the last moments of a show (while playing something).
    Thank you for introducing us to your new album. Which song should we go out on?
  12. (of the tide) To recede; to ebb.
    Antonym: come in
  13. (usually of one's heart) To sympathize with; to express positive feelings towards.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to those afflicted by the tragedy.
    My heart went out to her, but there was nothing I could do.
  14. (intransitive) To die.
    As much as you may want to plan your funeral, you can't control when you go out.
  15. (obsolete) To take part in a duel (with). [17th–19th c.]
    • 1789, John Moore, Zeluco, Valancourt 2008, p. 10:
      He went out at the first hint with the Neapolitan, and, being an admirable swordsman, wounded and disarmed him [] .
    • 1890, Cornhill Magazine, December, p. 626:
      He must go out or be under a social ban. Out they go accordingly, and the trained pistol-shot kills his civilian opponent.



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