Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “come by sth”

come by sth

phrasal verb with come     /kʌm/ verb (came, come)
C2 to get something, using effort, by chance or in a way that has not been explained: Cheap organic food is still difficult to come by. I'd like to know how she came by that black eye.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
(Definition of come by sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of come by sth

Translations of “come by sth”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More