from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be discovered, be revealed.
  • v. To be published, be issued.
  • v. To make a formal debut in society.
  • v. To end up or result.
  • v. To walk onto the field at the beginning of an innings.
  • v. To come out of the closet.
  • v. To be deducted from.
  • v. To leave out of, exit from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal
  • v. come out of
  • v. bulge outward
  • v. be made known; be disclosed or revealed
  • v. come off
  • v. to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality
  • v. result or end
  • v. break out
  • v. make oneself visible; take action
  • v. be issued or published
  • v. appear or become visible; make a showing


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  • Maybe Locke would still come out through the third-level door, and he could salvage this debacle.

    The Ark

  • I'm so happy I'm here and I'm able to come out and support not only myself but those who can't be here today, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Collins, who has served for 11 years.

    Troops march in San Diego gay pride parade

  • The national Servicemembers Legal Defense Network— representing gay and lesbian active-duty military personnel — informed organizer Sean Sala that they are warning members that it is still a risk to come out as long as "don't ask, don't tell" is on the books.

    Troops march in San Diego gay pride parade

  • Only years later when the boy had come out as gay, when I read of his tragically young death from AIDS, did I realize with a pang that perhaps he had thought I, with my inexpert but in-earnest gaze, had been trying to humiliate him.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • We were waiting for Tony Feather to come out and see us when I noticed, in the middle of a wide expanse of office space cross-sectioned by dozens of cubicles, a room enclosed on all sides by glass walls.

    How to Rig an Election

  • Moon Unit Zappa is a writer, filmmaker, wife, and mom who would happily come out of acting seclusion to make out with Michael Schoeffling under the keen and watchful writing/direction of John Hughes.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • It was evident that the hypnotic induction had entranced the students in the process of playing with the clay and distracted them from any concern for the future-planned product that would come out of it.

    The Time Paradox

  • Indeed, the number of cell interactions that go into one immune response—say, fighting off the microparticles that come out of a blast of diesel exhaust—would take up three consecutive chalkboards to show in its entirety.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Whereas Betty Mason had come out on Friendship, pregnant yet again to her Gloucester gaoler.

    Morgan’s Run

  • However, the summer before my senior year in high school, I managed to come out of my shell socially, even enjoying my first beer on a camping trip—yeah, I felt like the BWOC big woman on campus.