\ ˈkəm How to pronounce come (audio) \
came\ ˈkām How to pronounce come (audio) \; come; coming\ ˈkə-​miŋ How to pronounce come (audio) \

Definition of come

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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 to make your decision. Has the mail come yet?
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. The screw came loose.
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.
2a(1) : to arrive at a particular place, end, result, or conclusion came to his senses come untied He came to regret his choice.
(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 from sturdy stock.
e : to enter or assume a condition, position, or relation The 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 or less commonly cum \ ˈkəm How to pronounce come (audio) \, often vulgar : to experience orgasm
3 : to fall to a person in a division or inheritance of property Several thousand dollars came to him from his uncle.
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

transitive verb

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
come a cropper
: to fail completely The plan came a cropper.
come across
: to meet, find, or encounter especially by chance Researchers have come across important new evidence.
come again
: repeat also : to speak further used as an interrogative
come clean
: to tell the whole story : confess came clean about her crimes
come into
: to acquire as a possession or achievement come into a fortune
come into one's own
: to achieve one's potential He had a slow start as a pitcher, but he's come into his own this season. also : to gain recognition
come of age
: to reach maturity Your class has come of age at a moment of great consequence for our nation and for the world …— Barack Obama
come off it
: to cease foolish or pretentious talk or behavior Come off it, you're being silly.
come over
: to seize suddenly and strangely What's come over you?
come to
: to be a question of When it comes to pitching horseshoes, he's the champ.
come to grief
: to encounter misfortune (such as calamity, defeat, or ruin) His campaign came to grief.
come to grips with
: to meet or deal with firmly, frankly, or straightforwardly come to grips with the unemployment problem
come to oneself
: to get hold of oneself : regain self-control But when he came to himself he said, "How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare … " — Luke 15:17 (Revised Standard Version)
come to pass
: happen Many of the things he predicted have come to pass.
come to terms
1 : to reach an agreement often used with with The company has come to terms with the union.
2 : to become adjusted especially emotionally or intellectually usually used with with come to terms with modern life
come upon
: to meet or find by chance : come across came upon an old friend
to come
: existing or arriving in the future in the days to come There will be more trouble to come.


variants: or less commonly

Definition of come (Entry 2 of 2)

1 often vulgar : semen
2 often vulgar : orgasm

Synonyms & Antonyms for come

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of come in a Sentence

Verb 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. See More

First Known Use of come


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for come

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English cuman; akin to Old High German queman to come, Latin venire, Greek bainein to walk, go

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The first known use of come was before the 12th century

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“Come.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈkəm How to pronounce come (audio) , kəm \
came\ ˈkām \; come; coming\ ˈkəm-​ing \

Kids Definition of come

1 : to move toward : approach Come here.
2 : to go or travel to a place I'll be coming home for the weekend.
3 : originate sense 2, arise They come from a good family.
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 : reach entry 1 sense 3 The water came to our knees.
come about
: happen sense 1 How did it come about that he got lost?
come across
: to meet or find by chance I came across an interesting article.
come along
1 : to go somewhere with someone
2 : to make progress She's not better yet, but she's coming along.
3 : to appear or occur as a possibility Don't marry the first person who comes along.
come by
1 : to make a visit to Come by my desk when you can.
2 : acquire A reliable used car is hard to come by.
come down
: to fall sick He came down with a cold.
come over
: to affect suddenly and strangely I'm sorry I yelled. I don't know what came over me.
come to
: to become conscious again He fainted but came to after several minutes.
come upon
: to meet or find by chance I came upon a stray dog.

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