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come out

 
1. Lit to exit; to leave the inside of a place. Please come out. We have to leave. When do you think they will all come out?
2. Fig. to result; to succeed; to happen. I hope everything comes out fine. It will come out okay. Don't worry.
3. Fig. to come before the public; [for a book] to be published; [for a report] to be made public. A new magazine has just come out. When will your next book come out?
4. Fig. to become visible or evident. His pride came out in his refusal to accept help. The real reason finally came out, and it was not flattering.
5. Fig. [for a young woman] to make a social debut. (Now only done in certain U.S. regions.) Does your daughter plan to come out this year?
6. Fig. to reveal one's homosexuality. (See also out of the closet.) Herbie finally came out when he was forty-five.
See also: come, out

come out

(of someone or something) to emerge from someone or something. Did that pile of books really come out of just one office? The lion came out of its den.
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come out

 (of something)
1. and come out from something Lit. to exit from something. When will they come out of that meeting? The people came out from the houses and celebrated.
2. Fig. to result from something. Nothing at all came out of our discussions.
See also: come, out

come out

1. to be made public There have been so many different medical reports coming out.
2. to announce that you are attracted to people of the same sex come out of the closet A lot of people were surprised when the senator came out.
3. to become available In my business you have to be aware of what new music has come out.
Usage notes: said especially about a movie, book, or recorded music
See also: come, out

come out

1. Become known, be discovered, as in The whole story came out at the trial. [c. 1200]
2. Be issued or brought out, as in My new book is coming out this month. [Late 1500s]
3. Make a formal debut in society or on the stage, as in In New York, debutantes come out in winter. [Late 1700s]
4. End up, result, as in Everything came out wrong. [Mid-1800s] Also see come out ahead.
5. come out for or against . Declare oneself publicly in favor of or opposed to someone or something, as in The governor came out for a tax cut, or Many senators came out against the bill. [Late 1800s]
6. Also, come out of the closet. Reveal that one is homosexual, as in The military has specific policies regarding soldiers who come out of the closet while enlisted . [Mid-1900s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with come out.
See also: come, out

come out

v.
1. To leave some enclosed space: The dog went into the shed, but he won't come out.
2. To go and spend time outside of where one lives: Every summer we come out to the country to get fresh air. Why don't you come out with us after work and see the play?
3. To appear or come into view: Look, the stars are coming out!
4. To have a visibly successful outcome: None of my photographs of the UFO came out.
5. To become known: The whole story came out at the trial.
6. To be issued or brought out: The author's new book just came out.
7. To declare oneself publicly: The governor came out in favor of tax breaks.
8. To reveal that one is a gay man, a lesbian, or a bisexual: The celebrity came out on national television.
9. To make a formal social debut: She came out at age 18 in New York City.
10. To end up in some state; result in being something: I hope everything comes out well. My painting came out a big mess.
11. come out to To result in some total amount; sum up to some amount: The bill for the dinner comes out to $15 per person.
12. come out with To offer something new for sale: The band is coming out with a new record next week.
See also: come, out
References in periodicals archive ?
My advice to young gay athletes is not necessarily to come out," says Kopay, who met with a volley of hate when he came out.
lang, Melissa Etheridge, the Indigo Girls, and Janis Ian hadn't come out, I wouldn't be coming out now," Bono said.
Her eventual decision to come out on the cover of this magazine made her an instant gay celebrity.
I believed it was about the ratings because I felt that ABC would have never let Ellen come out to begin with if they had a problem with it.
For one thing, more public figures decide to come out on their own nowadays, leading more people to believe that being openly gay does not automatically mean the kiss of death for one's professional life.
One would expect such a narrative to address the formidable obstacles, internal and external, the outed character faces--to take as its central theme the courage required to come out in a homophobic world.