come out

1) PHRASAL VERB When a new product such as a book or record comes out, it becomes available to the public.

[V P] The book comes out this week...

[V P] Christian Slater has a new movie coming out next month in which he plays a vigilante.

2) PHRASAL VERB If a fact comes out, it becomes known to people.

[V P] The truth is beginning to come out about what happened...

[it V P that] It will come out that she has covertly donated considerable sums to the IRA.

3) PHRASAL VERB When a gay person comes out, they let people know that they are gay.
come out of the closetsee closet

[V P] ...the few gay men there who dare to come out...

[V P as n/adj] I came out as a lesbian when I was still in my teens.

4) PHRASAL VERB To come out in a particular way means to be in the position or state described at the end of a process or event.

[V P adv/prep] In this grim little episode of recent American history, few people come out well...

[V P adj] So what makes a good marriage? Faithfulness comes out top of the list...

[V P of n adv/prep] Julian ought to have resigned, then he'd have come out of it with some credit.

5) PHRASAL VERB If you come out for something, you declare that you support it. If you come out against something, you declare that you do not support it.

[V P prep/adv] the German Chancellor and the French President have come out in favour of direct financial aid...

[V P prep/adv] Its members had come out virtually unanimously against the tests.

6) PHRASAL VERB When a group of workers comes out on strike, they go on strike. [BRIT]

[V P prep] On September 18 the dockers again came out on strike.

(in AM, use go out on strike)
7) PHRASAL VERB If a photograph does not come out, it does not appear or is unclear when it is developed and printed.

[V P] None of her snaps came out.

8) PHRASAL VERB When the sun, moon, or stars come out, they appear in the sky.

[V P] Oh, look. The sun's come out.


English dictionary. 2008.

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