come across


came across; come across; coming across; comes across

intransitive verb

: to give over or furnish something demanded
especially : to pay over money
: to produce an impression
comes across as a good speaker

Examples of come across in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The quotes in the Post article from Nothing and Sunbird come across as a dare more than anything else. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2023 Yes alums — for their new musical project after Squire came across Rabin's demos. David Chiu, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The message is heard (and seen) loud and clear in this decadent publication, sure to motivate anyone who comes across it. Candace Smith, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 In 2020, however, construction workers digging a sewer came across a previously unidentified disposal area that was revealed to contain plutonium and uranium. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 As different scripts came across Finn’s desk, three jumped out as sharing particular themes. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 The Wiltshire Museum’s upcoming exhibition of Ernest Farmer photographs will focus on other images that Edwards came across during his research, including portraits of rural workers from the period. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 8 Nov. 2023 Fincher first came across the comics in 2007, when a friend passed him an English-translation collection of Nolent and Jacamon’s stories. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 And frogs are much more likely to come across objects like boots, rulers, plastic cups, and tennis balls, as humans have been increasingly invading their turf. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of come across was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Come across.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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