verb (used without object), came, come, coming.
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.
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 followed by from):
She comes from Florida.
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.
verb (used with object), came, come, coming.
Chiefly British. to do; perform; accomplish.
Informal. to play the part of:
to come the grande dame.
Slang: Vulgar. .
come again, (used as a request to repeat a statement).
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?
come down on/upon,
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.
come in for, to receive; get; be subjected to:
This plan will no doubt come in for a great deal of criticism.
come on to, Slang. to make sexual advances to.
come out for, to endorse or support publicly:
The newspaper came out for the reelection of the mayor.
come out with,
come upon. (defs 26a, 41a).
come up to,
come up with, to produce; supply:
Can you come up with the right answer?
come and go, to occur briefly or suddenly but never for long; appear and disappear.
come down on the side of, to support or favor:
I want to come down on the side of truth and justice.
come home, Nautical.
come off, Informal.
come 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.
come to pass, to happen; occur.
come what may, no matter what may happen; regardless of any opposition, argument, or consequences:
Come what may, he will not change his mind.
where one is coming from, Slang. 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.
verb (mainly intransitive) comes, coming, came, come
to move towards a specified person or place: come to my desk
to arrive by movement or by making progress
to become perceptible: light came into the sky
to occur in the course of time: Christmas comes but once a year
to exist or occur at a specific point in a series: your turn comes next
to happen as a result: no good will come of this
to originate or be derived: good may come of evil
to occur to the mind: the truth suddenly came to me
to extend or reach: she comes up to my shoulder
to be produced or offered: that dress comes in red only
to arrive at or be brought into a particular state or condition: you will soon come to grief, the new timetable comes into effect on Monday
(foll by from) to be or have been a resident or native (of): I come from London
to become: your wishes will come true
(transitive; takes an infinitive) to be given awareness: I came to realize its enormous value
(of grain) to germinate
(slang) to have an orgasm
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to play the part of: don’t come the fine gentleman with me
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to cause or produce: don’t come that nonsense again
(subjunctive use) when (a specified time or event has arrived or begun): she’ll be sixteen come Sunday, come the revolution, you’ll be the first to go
as…as they come, the most characteristic example of a class or type
(informal) come again?, what did you say?
(imperative or dependent imperative) come and, to move towards a particular person or thing or accompany a person with some specified purpose: come and see what I’ve found
(informal) come clean, to make a revelation or confession
(informal) come good, to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
(slang) come it
come to light, to be revealed
(Austral & NZ, informal) come to light with, to find or produce
(archaic) come to pass, to take place
(informal) how come?, what is the reason that?
an exclamation expressing annoyance, irritation, etc: come now!, come come!
noun (taboo, slang)
Old English cuman “come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble” (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- “to go, come” (cf. Sanskrit gamati “he goes,” Avestan jamaiti “goes,” Tocharian kakmu “come,” Lithuanian gemu “to be born,” Greek bainein “to go, walk, step,” Latin venire “to come”).
The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.
Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC’s “Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs” lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to “regain consciousness,” come over “possess” (as an emotion), come at “attack,” come on (interj.) “be serious,” and come off “occur.” For sexual senses, see cum.
(also cum) Semen, or any fluid secreted at orgasm (1920s+)
To have an orgasm; ejaculate semen (1650+)
how come, what goes around comes around
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- Come in handy
Be useful or convenient, as in This check will really come in handy. [ Mid-1800s ] Also see: come in, def. 4.
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