come by


came by; come by; coming by; comes 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
Recent Examples on the Web European auto manufacturers’ profits will be a bit harder to come by in 2024 but for next year dark clouds are gathering. Neil Winton, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The data, Nielsen viewer estimates, comes by way of Sports Media Watch. Francesca Paris, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Printed hiking maps remain hard to come by, and trail markings tend to fade quickly. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 However, the valuation, coupled with the scale of its rally over the past several quarters, suggests additional gains may be harder to come by. Ryan Vlastelica, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 Shirlee knew not to come by when Jane’s car was in the driveway. Addie Citchens, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 While charter school pay data is hard to come by, some charter school or charter school management CEOs receive pay that far exceeds that of most school district superintendents. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2024 If relief doesn’t come by then, some places will need to start bracing for impact. Dylan Baddour, WIRED, 27 Jan. 2024 Salerno comes by the connection naturally, growing up in a family with strong ties to the nonprofit. Janice Phelan, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of come by was in the 14th century

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“Come by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

come by

: to make a visit
come by after dinner
: acquire
good help is hard to come by

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