Meaning of come

come

Pronunciation: (kum), [key]
— v., n. came, come, com•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to approach or move toward a particular person or place: Come here. Don't come any closer!
  2. to arrive by movement or in the course of progress: The train from Boston is coming.
  3. to approach or arrive in time, in succession, etc.: Christmas comes once a year. I'll come to your question next.
  4. to move into view; appear.
  5. to extend; reach: The dress comes to her knees.
  6. to take place; occur; happen: Success comes to those who strive.
  7. to occur at a certain point, position, etc.: Tuesday comes after Monday. Her aria comes in the third act.
  8. to be available, produced, offered, etc.: Toothpaste comes in a tube.
  9. to occur to the mind: The idea just came to me.
  10. to befall: They promised no harm would come to us.
  11. to issue; emanate; be derived: Peaches come from trees. Good results do not come from careless work.
  12. to arrive or appear as a result: This comes of carelessness.
  13. to enter or be brought into a specified state or condition: to come into popular use.
  14. to do or manage; fare: She's coming along well with her work.
  15. to enter into being or existence; be born: The baby came at dawn.
  16. to have been a resident or to be a native of (usually fol. by from): She comes from Florida.
  17. to become: His shoes came untied.
  18. to seem to become: His fears made the menacing statues come alive. The work will come easy with a little practice.
  19. (used in the imperative to call attention or to express impatience, anger, remonstrance, etc.): Come, that will do!
  20. to germinate, as grain.
  21. to have an orgasm.
—v.t.
  1. to do; perform; accomplish.
  2. to play the part of: to come the grande dame.
    1. to come to pass; happen.
    2. Naut.to tack.
  3. I came across this picture when I was cleaning out the attic. We suddenly came upon a deer while walking in the woods.
    1. 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.
    2. Informal.to make good one's promise, as to pay a debt, do what is expected, etc.:to come across with the rent.
    3. to be understandable or convincing:The moral of this story doesn't come across.
    4. Informal.to make a particular impression; comport oneself:She comes across as a very cold person.
  4. (used as a request to repeat a statement).
  5. He didn't come along on the last trip.
    1. to accompany someone, attend as part of a group:He didn't come along on the last trip.
    2. to proceed, develop, or advance sufficiently or successfully:The new project was coming along quite smoothly.
    3. to appear; emerge as a factor or possibility:Even if another job comes along this summer, I won't take it.
  6. to occur briefly or suddenly but never for long; appear and disappear.
  7. Come around more often.
    1. to recover consciousness; revive.
    2. to change one's opinion, decision, etc., esp. to agree with another's.
    3. to visit:Come around more often.
    4. to cease being angry, hurt, etc.
  8. The watchdog came at the intruder.
    1. to arrive at; attain.
    2. to rush at; attack:The watchdog came at the intruder.
  9. It all comes back to me now.
    1. to return, esp. to one's memory:It all comes back to me now.
    2. to return to a former position or state.
    3. to talk back; retort:to come back with a witty remark.
  10. to cause to be estranged or antagonized: Love of money came between the brothers.
  11. to obtain; acquire: How did he ever come by so much money?
  12. The general's orders will come down tomorrow.
    1. to lose wealth, rank, etc.; be reduced in circumstances or status.
    2. to be handed down by tradition or inheritance.
    3. to be relayed or passed along from a source of higher rank or authority:The general's orders will come down tomorrow.
    4. Slang.to take place; happen.
    5. Slang.to lose one's euphoria, enthusiasm, or esp. the effects of a drug high.
  13. She came down on increased spending and promised to cut the budget.
    1. to voice one's opposition to:She came down on increased spending and promised to cut the budget.
    2. to reprimand; scold:He came down on me for getting to work late.
  14. to support or favor: I want to come down on the side of truth and justice.
  15. to become afflicted with (an illness): Many people came down with the flu this year.
  16. to offer one's services; present oneself; volunteer: When the president called for volunteers, several members of our group came forward.
    1. (of an anchor) to begin to drag.
    2. (of an object) to move when hauled upon.
  17. The oil well finally came in.
    1. to enter.
    2. to arrive.
    3. to come into use or fashion.
    4. to begin to produce or yield:The oil well finally came in.
    5. to be among the winners:His horse came in and paid 5 to 1.
    6. to finish in a race or any competition, as specified:Our bobsled team came in fifth.
  18. to receive; get; be subjected to: This plan will no doubt come in for a great deal of criticism.
  19. He came into a large fortune at the age of 21.
    1. to acquire; get.
    2. to inherit:He came into a large fortune at the age of 21.
  20. to come off with honors.
    1. to happen; occur.
    2. to reach the end; acquit oneself:to come off with honors.
    3. to be given or completed; occur; result:Her speech came off very well.
    4. to succeed; be successful:The end of the novel just doesn't come off.
  21. 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.
  22. The last showing will be coming on in a few minutes.
    1. Also,come upon.to meet or find unexpectedly.
    2. to make progress; develop; flourish.
    3. to appear on stage; make one's entrance.
    4. to begin; appear:The last showing will be coming on in a few minutes.
    5. Informal.(used chiefly in the imperative) to hurry; begin:Come on, before it rains!
    6. Informal.(as an entreaty or attempt at persuasion) please:Come on, go with us to the movies.
    7. Slang.to try to make an impression or have an effect; present oneself:She comes on a bit too strong for my taste.
    8. Slang.to make sexual advances:a Lothario who was always coming on with the women at the office.
  23. to make sexual advances to.
  24. The fight came out badly, as both combatants were injured.
    1. to be published; appear.
    2. to become known; be revealed.
    3. to make a debut in society, the theater, etc.
    4. to end; terminate; emerge:The fight came out badly, as both combatants were injured.
    5. to make more or less public acknowledgment of being homosexual.
  25. to endorse or support publicly: The newspaper came out for the reelection of the mayor.
  26. The publisher is coming out with a revised edition of the textbook.
    1. to speak, esp. to confess or reveal something.
    2. to make available to the public; bring out:The publisher is coming out with a revised edition of the textbook.
  27. What's come over him?
    1. to happen to; affect:What's come over him?
    2. to change sides or positions; change one's mind:He was initially against the plan, but he's come over now.
    3. to visit informally:Our neighbors came over last night and we had a good chat.
    1. Seecome(def. 29).
    2. Naut.(of a sailing vessel) to head toward the wind; come to.
  28. We knew you'd come through for us.
    1. to endure or finish successfully.
    2. Informal.to do as expected or hoped; perform; succeed:We knew you'd come through for us.
    3. Informal.to experience religious conversion.
    1. to recover consciousness.
    2. to amount to; total.
    3. Naut.to take the way off a vessel, as by bringing her head into the wind or anchoring.
  29. to happen; occur.
  30. This play comes under the heading of social criticism.
    1. to fit into a category or classification:This play comes under the heading of social criticism.
    2. to be the province or responsibility of:This matter comes under the State Department.
  31. The subject kept coming up in conversation.
    1. to be referred to; arise:The subject kept coming up in conversation.
    2. to be presented for action or discussion:The farm bill comes up for consideration next Monday.
  32. See(defs. 25a, 45a).
  33. A panhandler came up to us in the street.
    1. to approach; near:A panhandler came up to us in the street.
    2. to compare with as to quantity, excellence, etc.; match; equal:This piece of work does not come up to your usual standard.
  34. to produce; supply: Can you come up with the right answer?
  35. no matter what may happen; regardless of any opposition, argument, or consequences: Come what may, he will not change his mind.
  36. 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.
—n.
  1. . semen.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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