come up

came up; come up; coming up; comes up

Definition of come up

intransitive verb

2 : to come near : make an approach came up and introduced himself
3 : to rise in rank or status an officer who came up from the ranks
4a : to come to attention or consideration the question never came up
b : to occur in the course of time any problem that may come up
5 : to turn out to be the coin came up tails
6 chiefly dialectal : grow up
come up empty
: to fail to achieve a desired result
come up with
: to produce especially in dealing with a problem or challenge came up with a solution

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Examples of come up in a Sentence

the girl came up to the counter and asked if she could have her order prepared to go let me know if anything else comes up during the project

First Known Use of come up

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Come up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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