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come on

verb

Definition of come on

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to advance by degrees <darkness came on> b :  to begin by degrees <rain came on toward noon>

  3. 2 a :  please —used in cajoling or pleading b —used interjectionally to express astonishment, incredulity, or recognition of a put-on

  4. 3 :  to project an indicated personal image <comes on as a conservative>

  5. 4 :  to show sexual interest in someone; also :  to make sexual advances —usually used with to <tried to come on to her>



15th Century

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15th century


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