- 1 (of plants) to appear above the soil The daffodils are just beginning to come up.
- 2 (of the sun) to rise We watched the sun come up. See related entries: The sun and the moon
- 3 to happen I'm afraid something urgent has come up. We'll let you know if any vacancies come up.
- 4 to be mentioned or discussed The subject came up in conversation. The question is bound to come up at the meeting.
- 5 (of an event or a time) to be going to happen very soon Her birthday is coming up soon.
- 6 to be dealt with by a court Her divorce case comes up next month.
- 7 if your number, name, ticket, etc. comes up in a betting game, it is chosen and you win something
- 8 (informal) (usually used in the progressive tenses) to arrive; to be ready soon ‘Is lunch ready?’ ‘Coming up!’
(British English, formal) to arrive at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the beginning of a term or in order to begin your studies opposite come down (from…)
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 Scotland for a few days?