come by

came by; come by; coming by; comes by

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

come by after work and I'll give you some clothes for the rummage sale a literary award like that isn't easy to come by
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First Known Use of come by

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Come by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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