come under

Definition of come under

1 :to be subjected to (something)
  • The troops were resting when they suddenly came under attack.
  • Many people feel that their civil rights are coming under threat.
  • The school is coming under pressure to change its policies.
2 :to be affected, controlled, or influenced by (something)
  • an area that has come under the control of rebel forces
  • He was 30 years old when he first came under the care of a psychiatrist.
  • areas that come under his authority
3 used to identify the group or category that something belongs to
  • These matters come under the heading of classified information.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate


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