come forward

phrasal verb
came forward; come forward; coming forward; comes forward

Definition of come forward

: to make the effort required to provide information, make a claim, volunteer, etc. No one has yet come forward to claim the reward. Essex Police is now appealing for anyone with information or dash cam footage of the crash to come forward and help with their inquiries.— Alex Gidden The young woman … had come forward after six months to accuse him of assault.— Jules De Cinque also : to become publicly known While the case was dropped the prosecutor says if substantial evidence came forward this case could go to a trial in the future … — Don Granese

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“Come forward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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come forward

intransitive verb
come for·​ward

Legal Definition of come forward

: to make a presentation of something to the court usually used with with must come forward with materials to show that there is a genuine issue of fact— J. H. Friedenthal et al. coming forward with the evidence

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