verb \ ˈkəm \

Definition of come

came play \ˈkām\; come; coming play \ˈkə-miŋ\
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 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.
2 a (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 play \ˈkəm\ , 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
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.

Examples of come in a Sentence

  1. Please come here for a minute. I want to show you something.

  2. She came quietly into the room.

  3. He came home late again last night.

  4. The dog began to growl as we came closer.

  5. The captain of the ship invited us to come aboard.

  6. People come from all over the country to see him.

  7. Some people came by car while others came by plane.

  8. Why don't you come and stay with us for a while?

  9. About a hundred people are coming to the wedding.

  10. People come many miles to visit the shrine.

Origin and Etymology 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

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a



variants: or less commonly

Definition of come

1 often vulgar : semen
2 often vulgar : orgasm

Origin and Etymology of come

see 1come

First Known Use: 1923

in the meaning defined at sense 1

COME Defined for Kids


verb \ ˈkəm , kəm \

Definition of come for Students

came \ˈkām\; come; coming \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.
3 : originate 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 : 1reach 3
  • The water came to our knees.
come about
: happen 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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