There are words that mean to "take out" - expunge, extricate, remove, extract, etc. But I can't find a word for "come out." In the sentence "That stain will never come out," the words come out sound very colloquial to me. Is there a single word for this?

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    Make no mistake about it, phrasal verbs are not necessarily colloquial. come out is the right verb here. Also: go away. That stain on his reputation will never go away.
    – Lambie
    Dec 31, 2021 at 17:44
  • If you want to sound less colloquial you can use “remove”, just recast the sentence, e.g. “That stain could not be removed” or, more naturally, “I couldn’t remove the stain”. But “come out” is the most appropriate and standard usage.
    – David
    Dec 31, 2021 at 20:08
  • …or something involving “the perfumes of Arabia”.
    – David
    Dec 31, 2021 at 20:11

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Three words come to mind: disappear, vanish and evanish. Of these I suggest disappear and vanish as most commonly understood, while evanish fits your need well but is not well known. Vanish has overtones (below) of sudden disappearance that may not suit normal stain removal. So perhaps the safest choice is disappear



to no longer exist

(of a person or thing) to go to a place or into a condition where the person or thing cannot be seen



to disappear or stop being present or existing, especially in a sudden, surprising way

to disappear or stop existing, esp. suddenly

Merriam Webster

evanish: intransitive verb

1: Vanish, disappear

2: to cease to be


For a more formal verb, you can use dissipate, especially if you want to emphasize the time factor.

dissipate (v.)


To break up and drive off

dissipate a crowd


To break up and scatter or vanish

The clouds dissipated and the sun came out. m-w

When something dissipates or when you dissipate it, it becomes less or becomes less strong until it disappears or goes away completely. Collins

According to experts at The Marble Institute, it often takes four or five applications to dissipate a stain. Old-House Journal, vols. 35, n.5

Mount immediately; otherwise, the stain will dissipate. Charles Ettensohn et al.; Development of Sea Urchins...

An oil stain on leather upholstery requires immediate attention.
"Blot up as much of the oil as you can with soft cloths or tissue," Coffey says, "then let nature take over. In most cases, the stain will dissipate as the leather gradually absorbs the remaining oil." Edward Claflin; The Experts Book of Practical Secrets


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