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Definition of come up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


come up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1(of plants) to appear above the soil The daffodils are just beginning to come up.
  2. 2(of the sun) to rise We watched the sun come up.
  3. 3to happen I'm afraid something urgent has come up. We'll let you know if any job openings come up.
  4. 4to be mentioned or discussed The subject came up in conversation. The question is bound to come up at the meeting.
  5. 5(of an event or a time) to be going to happen very soon Her birthday is coming up soon.
  6. 6to be dealt with by a court Her divorce case comes up next month.
  7. 7if your number, name, ticket, etc. comes up in a betting game, it is chosen and you win something
  8. 8(usually used in the progressive tenses) (informal) to arrive; to be ready soon “Is lunch ready?” “Coming up!”

come up (to…) (from…)

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to come from one place to another, especially from the south of a country to the north or from a smaller place to a larger one Why don't you come up to Boston for a few days?

come up (to somebody)

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to move toward someone, in order to talk to them He came up to me and asked for a light.
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