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This page has 16 definitions of go out in English. Go out is a verb. Examples of how to use go out in a sentence are shown. Also define these 29 related words and terms: leave, abode, stay in, eliminate, competition, turned off, extinguished, extinct, expire, card game, discard, meld, hand, canasta, trey, out of fashion, blub, ripping, come in, Nehru jacket, romantic, relationship, date, with, fail, on, ebb, heart, and duel.

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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.
    • Leave definition
      To have a consequence or remnant.
      1. To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely. (1 of 15 leave definitions)
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To leave one's abode to go to public places, especially for recreation or entertainment.
    Antonym: stay in
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Luke 8:5:
      A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
    • 1986 September 8, Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (comic):
      It seems like we go out for pizza a lot these days.
    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 come to an end, by nature or by an unseen external agent.
    1. To be turned off or extinguished.
      The lights went out while I was taking a shower.
    2. 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.
    3. To die.
      • 1977-1980, Lou Sullivan, personal diary, quoted in 2019, Ellis Martin, Zach Ozma (editors), We Both Laughed In Pleasure
        A motorcycle cop led the funeral procession & with all the cabs pulling up the rear we were 5–6 blocks long. The cops even blocked off streets for us. The guy went out like a goddamn mayor.
      As much as you may want to plan your funeral, you can't control when you go out.
  5. (intransitive, card games) To discard or meld all the cards in one's hand.
    Leon made two canastas, then went out by melding treys.
  6. (intransitive) To pass out of fashion.
    Antonym: come in
    He thought Nehru jackets went out in the late seventies.
  7. (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.
    • Romantic definition
      Of a work of literature, a writer etc.: being like or having the characteristics of a romance, or poetic tale of a mythic or quasi-historical time; fantastic. (1 of 7 romantic definitions)
  8. (intransitive, with with) To have a romantic relationship (with someone).
    Do you think she will go out with anyone this year?
  9. (intransitive, colloquial) To fail.
    I'd like to help clear the field, but my knee went out on me.
  10. (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?
  11. (intransitive, of the tide) To recede; to ebb.
    Antonym: come in
  12. (intransitive, 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.
  13. (obsolete) To take part in a duel (with). [17th–19th c.]
    • 1789, John Moore, Zeluco, Valancourt, published 2008, page 10:
      He went out at the first hint with the Neapolitan, and, being an admirable swordsman, wounded and disarmed him [] .
    • 1890 December, Cornhill Magazine, page 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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