come up

verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of come up

1 : rise 6
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
4 a : 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
intransitive verb
: to produce especially in dealing with a problem or challenge
  • came up with a solution

Examples of come up in a Sentence

  1. the girl came up to the counter and asked if she could have her order prepared to go

  2. let me know if anything else comes up during the project

First Known Use of come up

before 12th century

come up Synonyms

Synonyms
belly up, close, close in, approach, draw on, near, nigh
Antonyms
back (up or away), recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
Related Words
arrive, attain, come, gain, hit, land, make, reach, show up, turn up, waltz up; creep up, sneak up; adjoin, border, touch, verge
Near Antonyms
clear out, depart, exit, go, leave, light out, pull out, quit, remove, run away, shove (off), take off, walk out

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