come under

Definition of come under

  1. 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. 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. 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

  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

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

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

    :  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

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

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

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