Definition of come
1 a : to move toward something : approach <come here> b : to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose <come see us> <come and see what's going on> c (1) : to reach a particular station in a series <now we come to the section on health> (2) : to arrive in due course <the time has come> d (1) : to approach in kind or quality <this comes near perfection> (2) : to reach a condition or conclusion <came to regard him as a friend> <come to think of it, you may be right> e (1) : to advance toward accomplishment : come along <the job is coming nicely> (2) : to advance in a particular manner <come running when I call> (3) : to advance, rise, or improve in rank or condition <has come a long way> f : extend <her dress came to her ankles>
2 a (1) : to arrive at a particular place, end, result, or conclusion <came to his senses> <come untied> (2) : amount <the taxes on it come to more than it's worth> b (1) : to appear to the mind <the answer came to them> (2) : to appear on a scene : make an appearance <children come equipped to learn any language> c (1) : happen, occur <no harm will come to you> (2) : to come to pass : take place —used in the subjunctive with inverted subject and verb to express the particular time or occasion <come spring the days will be longer> d : originate, arise <wine comes from grapes> <they come of sturdy stock> e : to enter or assume a condition, position, or relation <artillery came into action> f : to fall within a field of view or a range of application <this comes within the terms of the treaty> g : to issue forth <a sob came from her throat> h : to take form <churn till the butter comes> i : to be available <this model comes in several sizes> <as good as they come> j often vulgar : to experience orgasm
3 : to fall to a person in a division or inheritance of property
4 obsolete : to become moved favorably : relent
5 : to turn out to be <good clothes don't come cheap>
6 : become <a dream that came true>
1 : to approach or be near (an age) <a child coming eight years old>
2 : to take on the aspect of <come the stern parent>
Examples of come
Please come here for a minute. I want to show you something.
She came quietly into the room.
He came home late again last night.
The dog began to growl as we came closer.
The captain of the ship invited us to come aboard.
People come from all over the country to see him.
Some people came by car while others came by plane.
Why don't you come and stay with us for a while?
About a hundred people are coming to the wedding.
People come many miles to visit the shrine.
Origin of come
Middle English, from Old English cuman; akin to Old High German queman to come, Latin venire, Greek bainein to walk, go
First Known Use: before 12th century
First Known Use of come
COME Defined for Kids
Definition of come
came \ˈkām\comecom·ing \ˈkəm-ing\
1 : to move toward : approach <Come here.>
2 : to go or travel to a place <I'll be coming home for the weekend.>
4 : to reach the point of being or becoming <The water came to a boil.> <The rope came untied.>
5 : to add up : amount <The bill comes to ten dollars.>
6 : to happen or occur <This couldn't have come at a better time.>
7 : to be available <These books come in four bindings.>
8 : 1reach 3 <The water came to our knees.>
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