: to move toward something : approach
: to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose
- Come and see what's going on.
: to reach a particular station in a series
- Now we come to the section on health.
: to arrive in due course
- The time has come to make your decision.
: to approach in kind or quality
- This comes near perfection.
: to reach a condition or conclusion
- came to regard him as a friend
- Come to think of it, you may be right.
: to advance toward accomplishment : come along
- The job is coming nicely.
: to advance in a particular manner
- Come running when I call.
: to advance, rise, or improve in rank or condition
- Her dress came to her ankles.
2 a (1)
: to arrive at a particular place, end, result, or conclusion
- He came to regret his choice.
- The taxes on it come to more than it's worth.
: to appear to the mind
: to appear on a scene : make an appearance
- Children come equipped to learn any language.
: to come to pass : take place
—used in the subjunctive with inverted subject and verb to express the particular time or occasion
- Come spring the days will be longer.
: to enter or assume a condition, position, or relation
- The artillery came into action.
: to fall within a field of view or a range of application
- This comes within the terms of the treaty.
: to issue forth
- A sob came from her throat.
: to take form
- Churn till the butter comes.
: to be available
- This model comes in several sizes.
or less commonly
, often vulgar
: to experience orgasm
: to fall to a person in a division or inheritance of property
- Several thousand dollars came to him from his uncle.
: to become moved favorably : relent
: to turn out to be
- Good clothes don't come cheap.
: to approach or be near (an age)
- a child coming eight years old
: to take on the aspect of
: to meet, find, or encounter especially by chance
- Researchers have come across important new evidence.
: to speak further
—used as an interrogative
: to tell the whole story : confess
- came clean about her crimes
: to acquire as a possession or achievement
come into one's own
: to achieve one's potential
: to gain recognition
- He had a slow start as a pitcher, but he's come into his own this season.
come of age
: to reach maturity
- Your class has come of age at a moment of great consequence for our nation and for the world …
- —Barack Obama
come off it
: to cease foolish or pretentious talk or behavior
- Come off it, you're being silly.
: to seize suddenly and strangely
: to be a question of
- When it comes to pitching horseshoes, he's the champ.
come to grief
: to encounter misfortune (such as calamity, defeat, or ruin)
- His campaign came to grief.
come to grips with
: to meet or deal with firmly, frankly, or straightforwardly
- come to grips with the unemployment problem
come to oneself
: to get hold of oneself : regain self-control
- But when he came to himself he said, "How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare … "
- —Luke 15:17 (Revised Standard Version)
come to pass
- Many of the things he predicted have come to pass.
come to terms
: to reach an agreement
—often used with with
- The company has come to terms with the union.
: to become adjusted especially emotionally or intellectually
—usually used with with
- come to terms with modern life
: to meet or find by chance : come across
: existing or arriving in the future
- There will be more trouble to come.