I UK [kʌm] / US verb
Word forms "come":
present tense I/you/we/they come he/she/it comes present participle coming past tense came UK [keɪm] / US past participle come
1) [intransitive] to move or travel to the place where you are
come across/along/down/into etc:

A tall woman in black was coming across the lawn.

We've got people coming to dinner tonight.

come here/home/nearer/downstairs etc:

Billy, I want you to come here at once!

come and do something:

Come and tell me all about it.

come to do something:

She's got someone coming this morning to fix the computer.

come running/flying/rushing/crashing etc somewhere:

All the glasses came crashing onto the floor.

come by train/car/plane etc:

We flew into Paris and came the rest of the way by train.

a) [intransitive] to go somewhere with someone

I'm off now – are you coming?

come with:

We're all going into town and we thought you'd like to come with us.

b) [transitive] to move or travel a particular distance to where you are

Have you come a long way?

They've come about 10 miles from the next village.

2) [intransitive] to reach a particular state
come to a decision/conclusion/view etc:

We came to the conclusion that she must be telling the truth.

come to an end/stop/halt/standstill:

All good things must come to an end.

come to power/prominence:

When the Conservatives came to power they continued these policies.

3) [intransitive] to start doing something
come into existence/operation/effect etc:

The new changes will come into effect next month.

come into view/sight (= to start to be seen):

As we turned the corner, the top of the Eiffel Tower came into view.

4) [intransitive] to reach a particular point or level
come as high/low/far etc as something:

The road comes as far as the post office and then turns into a dirt track.

come up/down to something:

The water came up to my shoulders.

5) [intransitive] if something such as a letter or message comes, you receive it

The news could not have come at a better time.

6) [intransitive] to happen

Police investigated him for three years before the breakthrough came.

come as a shock/surprise/relief/disappointment/reminder etc (= be a shock etc):

It came as no surprise that she left the company.

This news has come as a disappointment to local business leaders.

coming soon:

Coming soon, the new smash-hit comedy starring Julia Roberts.

come in twos/threes etc (= two/three etc of them happen at the same time):

Instances of bad luck are supposed to come in threes.

7) [intransitive] to be sold or produced
come in:

The long-sleeved dress comes in yellow and blue.

8) [intransitive] to be in a particular position in a series or list or at the end of a race
come before/after:

July comes before August.

come first/second/third etc:

She came first in a national poetry competition.

My children always come first (= are the most important thing for me).

9) [intransitive] impolite to have an orgasm (= reach the state of greatest sexual excitement)

as nice/big etc as they come — used for emphasizing how nice/big etc someone or something is

Her husband is kind, helpful, and as handsome as they come.

the best/worst is yet to come — the best or worst thing has not happened yet

come again?informal used for asking someone to repeat what they said

come, come/come nowold-fashioned used for telling someone not to be upset or nervous; old-fashioned used for telling someone that you do not believe or accept what they are saying

come good/rightBritish

informal to end well or successfully

In spite of problems, we kept on filming and hoped it would come good in the end.

come into contact (with) — to be in a place where you meet someone or experience something

Could she have come into contact with the disease at school?

come naturally/easily/easy (to someone) — to be easy for someone to do, without them needing to try hard

come to think of/about itspoken used for adding something that you have just remembered about a subject that you are talking about

I love getting her letters. Come to think of it, I haven't had one for a while.

come undone/untied/unstuck etc — to become undone/untied/unstuck etc

Be careful! Your shoelaces have come undone.

don't come the something (with me)British

informal used for telling someone angrily not to pretend that they have particular feelings or are in a particular situation, because you do not believe them

Don't come the innocent with me!

have it coming (to you)informal to deserve something bad that happens to you

Phrasal verbs:
cheap II, clean I, how, mind I

II UK [kʌm] / US noun [uncountable] impolite
semen that a man produces when he has an orgasm

III UK [kʌm] / US preposition informal
at a particular time in the future or when a particular event happens

Come summer, all the building work should be finished.

English dictionary. 2014.


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