American English

Definition of come verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they come
    he / she / it comes
    past simple came
    past participle come
    -ing form coming
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    to a place
  1. 1[intransitive] to move to or toward a person or place (+ adv./prep.) He came into the room and shut the door. My son is coming home soon. Come here! Come and see us soon! Here comesJo (= Jo is coming)! There's a storm coming. come to do something They're coming to stay with us for a week. In spoken English come can be used with and plus another verb, instead of with to and the infinitive, to show purpose or to tell someone what to do:When did she last come and see you?Come and have your dinner.The and is sometimes left out:Come have your dinner.
  2. 2[intransitive] come (to…) to arrive at or reach a place They continued until they came to a river. What time did you come (= to my house)? Spring came late this year. Your breakfast is coming soon. Have any letters come for me? Help came at last. The CDcomes complete with all the words of the songs. The time has come (= now is the moment) to act.
  3. 3[intransitive] to arrive somewhere in order to do something or get something come for something I've come for my book. come about something I've come about my book. come to do something I've come to get my book. come doing something He came looking for me.
  4. 4[intransitive] to move or travel, especially with someone else, to a particular place or in order to be present at an event I've only come for an hour. Thanks for coming (= to my house, party, etc.). come (to something) (with somebody) Are you coming to the club with us tonight? come doing something Why don't you come skating tonight?
  5. running/hurrying etc.
  6. 5[intransitive] come doing something (+ adv.prep.) to move in a particular way or while doing something else The children came running into the room.
  7. travel
  8. 6[intransitive] + noun to travel a particular distance We've come 50 miles this morning. (figurative) The company has come a long way (= made lot of progress) in the last 5 years.
  9. happen
  10. 7[intransitive] to happen The agreement came after several hours of negotiations. The rains came too late to do any good. The high point of the concert came during the drum solo. come as something Her death came as a terrible shock to us. His resignation came as no surprise.
  11. 8[transitive] come to do something used in questions to talk about how or why something happened How did he come to break his leg? How do you come to be so late?
  12. to a position/state
  13. 9[intransitive] + adv./prep. (not used in the progressive tenses) to have a particular position That comes a long way down my list of priorities. His family comes first (= is the most important thing in his life).
  14. 10[intransitive] come to/into something used in many expressions to show that something has reached a particular state At last winter came to an end. He came to power in 2006. When will they come to a decision? The trees are coming into leaf.
  15. 11[intransitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) (of goods, products, etc.) to be available or to exist in a particular way come in something This dress comes in black and red. + adj. (informal) New cars don't come cheap (= they are expensive).
  16. 12[intransitive, transitive] to become + adj. The buttons had come undone. The handle came loose. come to do something This design came to be known as the Oriental style.
  17. 13[transitive] come to do something to reach a point where you realize, understand, or believe something In time she came to love him. She had come to see the problem in a new light. I've come to expect this kind of behavior from him.
  18. time
  19. 14come [transitive] come something (old-fashioned) (informal) when the time mentioned comes They would have been married forty years come this June. Come next week she'll have changed her mind.
  20. sex
  21. 15[intransitive] (slang) to have an orgasm
  22. Idioms
    be as handsome, stupid, etc. as they come (informal)
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    to be very handsome, stupid, etc.
    come again? (informal)
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    used to ask someone to repeat something “She's an entomologist.” “Come again?” “An entomologist—she studies insects.”
      come and go
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    1. 1to arrive and leave; to move freely They had a party next door—we heard people coming and going all night.
    2. 2to be present for a short time and then go away The pain in my leg comes and goes.
    come easily, naturally, etc. to somebody
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    (of an activity, a skill, etc.) to be easy, natural, etc. for someone to do Acting comes naturally to her.
    something comes to/reaches somebody's ears
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    someone hears about something, especially when other people already know about it News of his affair eventually reached her ears.
    come to nothing, not come to anything
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    to be unsuccessful; to have no successful result How sad that all his hard work should come to nothing. Her plans didn't come to anything.
    come to that, if it comes to that (informal)
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    used to introduce something extra that is connected with what has just been said I don't really trust him—nor his wife, come to that.
    come what may
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    despite any problems or difficulties you may have He promised to support her come what may.
    how come (…)?
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    used to say you do not understand how something can happen and would like an explanation If she spent five years in Paris, how come her French is so bad?
    not come to much
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    to not be important or successful
    (used after a noun) in the future They may well regret the decision in years to come. This will be a problem for some time to come (= for a period of time in the future).
    when it comes to something/to doing something
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     when it is a question of something When it comes to getting things done, he's useless.
    where somebody is coming from (informal)
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    somebody's ideas, beliefs, personality, etc. that makes them say what they have said I see where you're coming from (= I understand what you mean).
    Phrasal Verbscome about (that…)come acrosscome across somebody/somethingcome across (with something)come after somebodycome alongcome apartcome aroundcome around (to…)come around (to something)come at somebodycome at somethingcome away (from something)come away with somethingcome backcome back (at somebody) (with something)come back (to somebody)come back to somethingcome before somebody/somethingcome between somebody and somebodycome bycome by somethingcome downcome down (from…) (to…)come down (to somebody)come down on somebodycome down to somethingcome down with somethingcome forwardcome from…come from somethingcome income in (on something)come in for somethingcome into somethingcome of/from somethingcome offcome off (something)come off somethingcome off itcome oncome on/upon somebody/somethingcome on to somebodycome outcome out (of something)come out of somethingcome out of yourselfcome out with somethingcome over (to…)come over (to…) (from…)come over (to something)come over somebodycome throughcome through (something)come through (for somebody)come through (with something)come tocome to somebodycome to somethingcome togethercome under somethingcome upcome up (to…) (from…)come up (to somebody)come up against somebody/somethingcome up for somethingcome up from/through somethingcome upon somebody/somethingcome up to somethingcome up with something
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