to approach or move toward someone or something: [no object]Come a little closer.[~ + to + verb]Can't you come to see me more often?[~ + verb-ing]The tide came rushing in.
[no object] to arrive by movement or through time: The train is coming; step back.
to move into view; appear:[no object]The light comes and goes.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + to + object] to extend; reach: The dress comes to her knees.
to take place; occur; happen: [no object]Her trumpet solo comes in the third act.[~ + to + verb]How could such a thing come to exist?
[not: be + ~-ing; no object] to be available, be produced, be found, etc.: Toothpaste comes in a tube.
[~ + of + object] to arrive or appear as a result: This comes of carelessness.
to enter, get into, or be brought into a specified state or condition: [~ + into + object]The word multicultural has come into popular use.[~ + to + object]The war came to an abrupt halt.
[no object] to do or manage; go along or progress; fare: How are you coming with your term paper? How's it coming?
to become or seem to become a specified way:[no object]We came unglued (= overly nervous) at the thought of another exam that day.
(used as a command to call attention, or to express impatience, etc.): Come, come, can't we agree on one little point here?
Informal Terms[no object][Slang.]to have an orgasm.
to come to pass; happen: [no object]How did such a mess come about, anyway?[it + ~ + (that) clause]It came about that he had to cancel his vacation.
Naval Terms[no object] to turn a ship or boat at an angle in the wind.
come across or upon,
[~ + across/upon + object] to find or encounter, esp. by chance:Look at these photos that I came across.
Informal Terms[no object] to do what one has promised or is expected to do:He finally came across and did it.See come through below.
[no object] to be understandable or convincing: The humor doesn't come across.
Informal Terms[~ + across + as + noun/adjective] to make a particular impression: He comes across as a cold person. The teacher comes across as very cruel, but that is misleading.
come again, (used as a request to repeat a statement):I didn't hear you; come again.
come along,[no object]
to accompany a person or group:We're going to the mall; you can come along if you like.
to proceed or advance: The project is coming along on schedule.
to appear:An opportunity came along to invest in real estate.
come around or round,
[no object] Also, come to. to recover consciousness; revive:The unconscious patient finally came around.
[~ + around + to + object] to change one's opinion, etc., esp. to agree with another's:She finally came around to our point of view.
[no object] to stop being angry, etc.:She's mad and upset now, but I'm sure she'll come around.
[no object] to visit:Why don't you come around and see me some time?
come apart,[no object] to break or fall into pieces:The doll just came apart when touched.
come at,[~ + at + object]
to arrive at; reach or attain:How did he come at such a sum?
to rush at; attack:came at me with a knife.
[~ + back (+ to + object)] to return, esp. to one's memory:I remember now; it's all coming back to me.
[~ + back (+ to + object)] to return to a former position, place, or state:Do you have any idea when he'll come back?
[no object] to become fashionable or popular again:Short skirts are coming back again.
come between,[~ + between + object] to separate; get in the way of; interrupt: Nothing can come between us.
come by,[~ + by + object] to obtain; find; acquire:We never came by such good fortune again.
come down,[no object]
to fall down; collapse:The entire building came down on them.
to lose wealth, rank, etc.:The senator has really come down in the world.
[~ + down (+ to + object)] to be handed down or passed on by tradition or inheritance:This ancient song comes down to us from Norway.
[no object] to be relayed or passed along from a higher authority: Our orders will come down tomorrow.
to lead or point in a basic, important way, such as a choice or problem; be the deciding factor: [~ + down + to + object]It all comes down to a sense of pride.[~ + down + to + verb-ing]It all comes down to living or dying.
come down on or upon,[~ + down + on/upon + object] to scold or reprimand; punish:Why did you come down on her so hard?
come down with,[~ + down + with + object] to become sick from or afflicted with (an illness):She came down with the flu.
come from,[~ + from + object]
[not: be + ~-ing] to have been born in (a place); be a resident of (a place): He came from Greece.
[not: be + ~-ing] to have as a beginning or source:Pearls come from oysters.
[in negative expressions or in questions; usually: be + ~-ing + from] be a starting point in thinking or reasoning:I can't understand where he's coming from.
come in,[no object]
to enter:The door's open; come in!
to arrive:The train comes in at 6:00 p.m.
to come into use or fashion:Long skirts have come in again.
to begin to produce or yield: The oil well finally came in.
to finish in a race or competition: Our team came in fifth.
come in for,[~ + in + for + object] to receive; get; be subjected to: He's going to come in for a lot of criticism.
come into,[~ + into + object]
to acquire; get:I came into a bit of money winning a wager.
to inherit:She came into a lot of money after her cousin died.
to get to be in (a state):The president's car suddenly came into view and everyone cheered.
come off,[no object]
to happen; occur:The invasion came off just before dawn.
to reach the end; conclude:We want this project to come off without any delay.
to be effective or successful, esp. in the specified way: She didn't come off well in that interview.
Come off it, (often used as a command) to stop:Come off it; we know where you were.
[~ + on/upon + object] to meet or find unexpectedly or by accident:I just happened to come on (upon) a book in the library that has the references you need.
[no object] (of a disease) to begin to develop:I can feel a cold coming on.
[no object] to make progress; develop; flourish:Just when the challenger was coming on in the primaries, another scandal broke.
[no object] to appear on stage; make one's entrance:He came on to thunderous applause.
[no object] to begin to be shown, broadcast, etc.: The game came on at one o'clock.
Informal Terms[no object] (used as a command) to hurry; move along:Come on, before it rains!
Informal Terms[no object] (used to ask someone to do something):Come on, have dinner with us.
Slang Terms[~ + on (+ to + object)]Slang. to make sexual advances:He was coming on (to her) and she didn't know how to respond.
come out,[no object]
to appear or be seen:Suddenly the sun came out.
to be published or made known; appear:The story came out in all the papers.
to make a debut in society, etc.
to appear and be available to the public:When will this new wonder drug come out?
to end; result; emerge: The lawsuit came out badly for both sides.
to make public acknowledgment of being homosexual.
come out for (or against), [~ + out + for/against + object] to state or declare one's support for (or opposition to):The president is expected to come out for the new tax bill.
come out with,[~ + out + with + object] to reveal by stating; blurt out; say:He came out with a ridiculous remark.
come over,[~ + over + object] to happen to; affect: What's come over him?
come round,[no object]
Nautical(of a sailing vessel) to head toward the wind; come to.
to come around.
[~ + through + object] to endure difficulty, illness, etc., successfully:She came through the war safely.
[no object] to fulfill needs or meet demands:My friend will come through; he has never disappointed me before.
[no object] to recover consciousness:Stand back, he's coming to.
[~ + to + object; not: be + ~-ing] to amount to; total:The expenses came to $5,000 after deductions.
[usually: it + ~ + to + object; not: be + ~-ing] to concern:When it comes to quality this is first-rate.
Naval Terms[~ + to + object; sometimes: it + ~ + to + object] to enter or be recalled in the mind; occur to the mind or memory:Suddenly it came to me; I knew her from Paris.
come under,[~ + under + object]
to be the responsibility of: This matter comes under the State Department.
to be subjected to; be forced to suffer:came under a lot of criticism for hiring her.
[not: be + ~-ing] to be placed in a certain category of:Copying your classmate's paper comes under the heading of cheating.
come up,[no object]
to be mentioned or be referred to; arise: Your name came up in conversation.
to be presented for action or discussion: The farm bill comes up on Monday.
come up to,[~ + up + to + object]
to approach; near:She came up to the star and asked for his autograph.
to compare with as to quantity, excellence, etc.; equal:Your work just doesn't come up to our high standards.
come up with,[~ + up + with + object] to produce; supply:What new plan did you come up with?
to come, in the future:In years to come, we hope to solve these problems.
to approach or move toward a particular person or place:Come here. Don't come any closer!
to arrive by movement or in the course of progress:The train from Boston is coming.
to approach or arrive in time, in succession, etc.:Christmas comes once a year. I'll come to your question next.
to move into view; appear.
to extend; reach:The dress comes to her knees.
to take place; occur; happen:Success comes to those who strive.
to occur at a certain point, position, etc.:Tuesday comes after Monday. Her aria comes in the third act.
to be available, produced, offered, etc.:Toothpaste comes in a tube.
to occur to the mind:The idea just came to me.
to befall:They promised no harm would come to us.
to issue; emanate; be derived:Peaches come from trees. Good results do not come from careless work.
to arrive or appear as a result:This comes of carelessness.
to enter or be brought into a specified state or condition:to come into popular use.
to do or manage; fare:She's coming along well with her work.
to enter into being or existence; be born:The baby came at dawn.
to have been a resident or to be a native of (usually fol. by from):She comes from Florida.
to become:His shoes came untied.
to seem to become:His fears made the menacing statues come alive. The work will come easy with a little practice.
(used in the imperative to call attention or to express impatience, anger, remonstrance, etc.):Come, that will do!
to germinate, as grain.
[Informal.]to have an orgasm.
British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]to do; perform; accomplish.
[Informal.]to play the part of:to come the grande dame.
to come to pass; happen.
Naval Terms[Naut.]to tack.
Also, come upon. to find or encounter, esp. by chance:I came across this picture when I was cleaning out the attic. We suddenly came upon a deer while walking in the woods.
[Informal.]to make good one's promise, as to pay a debt, do what is expected, etc.:to come across with the rent.
to be understandable or convincing:The moral of this story doesn't come across.
[Informal.]to make a particular impression; comport oneself:She comes across as a very cold person.
come again, (used as a request to repeat a statement).
to accompany someone, attend as part of a group:He didn't come along on the last trip.
to proceed, develop, or advance sufficiently or successfully:The new project was coming along quite smoothly.
to appear; emerge as a factor or possibility:Even if another job comes along this summer, I won't take it.
Idiomscome and go, to occur briefly or suddenly but never for long; appear and disappear.
come around or round:
to recover consciousness; revive.
to change one's opinion, decision, etc., esp. to agree with another's.
to visit:Come around more often.
to cease being angry, hurt, etc.
to arrive at; attain.
to rush at; attack:The watchdog came at the intruder.
to return, esp. to one's memory:It all comes back to me now.
to return to a former position or state.
to talk back; retort:to come back with a witty remark.
come between, to cause to be estranged or antagonized:Love of money came between the brothers.
come by, to obtain; acquire:How did he ever come by so much money?
to lose wealth, rank, etc.; be reduced in circumstances or status.
to be handed down by tradition or inheritance.
to be relayed or passed along from a source of higher rank or authority:The general's orders will come down tomorrow.
Slang Termsto take place; happen.
[Slang.]to lose one's euphoria, enthusiasm, or esp. the effects of a drug high.
come down on or upon:
to voice one's opposition to:She came down on increased spending and promised to cut the budget.
to reprimand; scold:He came down on me for getting to work late.
Idiomscome down on the side of, to support or favor:I want to come down on the side of truth and justice.
come down with, to become afflicted with (an illness):Many people came down with the flu this year.
come forward, to offer one's services; present oneself; volunteer:When the president called for volunteers, several members of our group came forward.
Naval Terms(of an anchor) to begin to drag.
Naval Terms(of an object) to move when hauled upon.
to come into use or fashion.
to begin to produce or yield:The oil well finally came in.
to be among the winners:His horse came in and paid 5 to 1.
to finish in a race or any competition, as specified:Our bobsled team came in fifth.
come in for, to receive; get; be subjected to:This plan will no doubt come in for a great deal of criticism.
to acquire; get.
to inherit:He came into a large fortune at the age of 21.
to happen; occur.
to reach the end; acquit oneself:to come off with honors.
to be given or completed; occur; result:Her speech came off very well.
to succeed; be successful:The end of the novel just doesn't come off.
Idiomscome off it,[Informal.]to stop being wrong, foolish, or pretentious; be truthful or honest:Come off it--we know you're as poor as the rest of us.
Also, come upon.to meet or find unexpectedly.
to make progress; develop; flourish.
to appear on stage; make one's entrance.
to begin; appear:The last showing will be coming on in a few minutes.
[Informal.](used chiefly in the imperative) to hurry; begin:Come on, before it rains!
[Informal.](as an entreaty or attempt at persuasion) please:Come on, go with us to the movies.
Slang Termsto try to make an impression or have an effect; present oneself:She comes on a bit too strong for my taste.
[Slang.]to make sexual advances:a Lothario who was always coming on with the women at the office.
come on to,[Slang.]to make sexual advances to.
to be published; appear.
to become known; be revealed.
to make a debut in society, the theater, etc.
to end; terminate; emerge:The fight came out badly, as both combatants were injured.
to make more or less public acknowledgment of being homosexual.
come out for, to endorse or support publicly:The newspaper came out for the reelection of the mayor.
come out with:
to speak, esp. to confess or reveal something.
to make available to the public; bring out:The publisher is coming out with a revised edition of the textbook.
to happen to; affect:What's come over him?
to change sides or positions; change one's mind:He was initially against the plan, but he's come over now.
to visit informally:Our neighbors came over last night and we had a good chat.
See come (def. 29).
Nautical(of a sailing vessel) to head toward the wind; come to.
to endure or finish successfully.
[Informal.]to do as expected or hoped; perform; succeed:We knew you'd come through for us.
[Informal.]to experience religious conversion.
to recover consciousness.
to amount to; total.
Naval Terms[Naut.]to take the way off a vessel, as by bringing her head into the wind or anchoring.
Idiomscome to pass, to happen; occur.
to fit into a category or classification:This play comes under the heading of social criticism.
to be the province or responsibility of:This matter comes under the State Department.
to be referred to; arise:The subject kept coming up in conversation.
to be presented for action or discussion:The farm bill comes up for consideration next Monday.
come upon. See come (defs. 25a, 45a).
come up to:
to approach; near:A panhandler came up to us in the street.
to compare with as to quantity, excellence, etc.; match; equal:This piece of work does not come up to your usual standard.
come up with, to produce; supply:Can you come up with the right answer?
Idiomscome what may, no matter what may happen; regardless of any opposition, argument, or consequences:Come what may, he will not change his mind.
Slang Terms, Idiomswhere one is coming from, where the source of one's beliefs, attitudes, or feelings lies:It's hard to understand where your friend is coming from when he says such crazy things.
Slang Terms(vulgar). semen.
bef. 900; Middle English comen, Old English cuman; cognate with Dutch komen, German kommen, Gothic qiman, Old Norse koma, Latin venīre (see avenue), Greek baínein (see basis), Sanskrit gácchati (he) goes
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged leave, depart.