come up


came up; come up; coming up; comes up

intransitive verb

: to come near : make an approach
came up and introduced himself
: to rise in rank or status
an officer who came up from the ranks
: to come to attention or consideration
the question never came up
: to occur in the course of time
any problem that may come up
: to turn out to be
the coin came up tails
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

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
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of come up was before the 12th century

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“Come up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

come up

: rise entry 1 sense 4
the sun comes up in an hour
: to come near or approach
came up and introduced himself
: to come to attention : introduce sense 4
the question came up again

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