come by

verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of come by

transitive verb
: to get possession of : acquire
  • a good job is hard to come by
intransitive verb
: to make a visit
  • came by after dinner

Examples of come by in a Sentence

  1. come by after work and I'll give you some clothes for the rummage sale

  2. a literary award like that isn't easy to come by

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First Known Use of come by

14th century

come by Synonyms

Synonyms
call, come over, drop by, drop in, pop (in), run (over), run in, step in, stop (by or in), visit
Antonyms
forfeit, lose
Related Words
barge (in); look up, see; bop (into), happen (by); frequent, hang (at), haunt, resort (to)
Near Antonyms
accord, give, grant, pay; give up, hand over, part (with), relinquish, surrender, yield


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