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uk   us   /kʌm/ (came, come)

come verb (MOVE TO SPEAKER)

A1 [I] to ​move or ​travel towards the ​speaker or with the ​speaker: Are you coming with me? There's a ​car coming! Can you come to my ​party? Here comes ​Adam. She's come 500 km (= has ​travelled 500 km) to be here with us ​tonight. If you're ​ever in Dublin, come andvisit us. We came bycar. Your ​father will come for (= to ​collect) you at four o'clock. Come ​forward a ​bit and ​stand on the ​line. I've come ​straight from the ​airport. The ​dooropened and a ​nurse came into the ​room. [+ to infinitive] A man's coming tomend the ​boiler this ​afternoon. As he came towards me, I could ​see he'd been ​crying. He ​thought we'd been ​picking his ​apples and came after (= ​chased) us with a ​stick. [+ -ing verb] He came ​rushing over when I ​fell.
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come verb (MOVE TO LISTENER)

A1 [I] to ​move or ​travel in the ​direction of the ​person being ​spoken to: "Sal, are you ​ready?" "Coming." I'll come andpick you up in the ​car if you like. I've come for (= come to get)yourcensusform. [+ to infinitive] I've come toread the ​gasmeter.
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come verb (ARRIVE)

A1 [I] to get to a ​particularplace: Has she come ​yet? When does the ​post come? Hasn't his ​train come inyet?
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come verb (LEAVE)

[I + adv/prep] to ​leave a ​place: I had to come away from the ​party early. The ​policewatched him come out of the ​house.
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C2 [L] to ​change or ​develop so as to be in a different ​position or ​condition: Those ​pictures will have to come down (= be ​removed from the ​wall). He ​pulled the ​knob and it just came off (in his ​hand). How many ​times have you come off that ​horse? Two of his ​teeth came out after he got ​hit in the ​face. Can you get this ​cork to come out of the ​bottle? When does the ​heating come on (= ​startworking)? [+ adj] A ​wire has come loose at the back. The ​door came open for no ​apparentreason.
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come verb (HAPPEN)

B2 [I] to ​happen: Spring has come early. The ​announcement came at a ​badtime. Her ​resignation came asquite a ​shock.informal Come ​Mondaymorning (= when it is ​Mondaymorning) you'll ​regretstaying up all ​night. I'm ​afraid those ​days are gone and they'll never come again.
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come verb (BE ORDERED)

come after, first, last, etc.
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  • Whose ​name comes first in the ​alphabet?
  • He came second in the 100 ​metres.
  • The Romans came before the Anglo-Saxons.
  • Who came first: Brahms or Beethoven?
  • She came first out of the ​wholeclass in ​maths.
B1 to have or ​achieve a ​particularposition in a ​race, ​competition, ​list, etc.: She came second (US came in second) in the 100 ​metres. Z comes after Y in the ​alphabet. Which ​king came after Edward? April comes before May. I ​know the first ​verse of the ​song, but I don't ​know what comes next.

come verb (EXIST)

A2 [I + adv/prep, not continuous] to ​exist or be ​available: Do these ​trousers come in any other ​colour? Runners come in all ​shapes and ​sizes - ​fat and ​thin, ​short and ​tall. This ​cuddlybabydoll comes with her own ​blanket and ​bottle. They're the ​bestsunglasses you can ​buy, but they don't come cheap (= they are ​expensive).
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come to do sth C2 to ​start to do something: I've come to like her over the ​months. It used to ​holdpaperbags, but ​gradually came to be used for ​magazines. How did that phrase come to ​mean (= ​develop so that it ​means) that?

come verb (SEX)

[I] to have an orgasm

comenoun [U]

uk   us   /kʌm/ slang
semen (= the ​liquidcontainingsperm)
(Definition of come from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /kʌm/ (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)

come verb (APPROACH)

[I] to move or ​travel toward the ​speaker or with the ​speaker: Will you come here, ​please? Did you come here by ​car? Come on in! The water’s ​great. Are you coming over to my ​housetonight? Is he coming to the ​movies with us? The man is coming to ​fix the ​dryer this ​afternoon. He came ​rushing over when I ​fell.

come verb (MOVE TO LISTENER)

[I] to move or ​travel in the ​direction of the ​person being ​spoken to: I ​thought I’d come and ​seeyour new ​house. I’ve come to ​read the ​gasmeter.

come verb (ARRIVE)

[I] to get to a ​particularplace: Has the ​mail come ​yet? Spring came early this ​year – ​look at all the ​flowers! [I] When something comes in it is ​received: Reports are just coming in of the ​fire.

come verb (BE FROM)

[I always + adv/prep] to be or ​start from a ​particularplace: She comes from Italy. Does that ​quotation come from Shakespeare?

come verb (EXIST)

[I always + adv/prep] to ​exist or be ​available: The ​dress comes in three ​sizes – ​small, ​medium, and ​large. This ​cuddlydoll comes with her own ​blanket and ​bottle.

come verb (HAPPEN)

[I] to ​happen: Yourbirthday only comes around ​once a ​year. [+ to infinitive] How did you two come to be ​friends? The earthquake's ​aftereffects came without ​warning.

come verb (ORDER)

[I always + adv/prep] to be in a ​particularrelation to ​others in an ​order: April comes before May. In ​yourcookbook you’ll ​see that ​pies come under the ​heading "Desserts." [I always + adv/prep] If something comes under an ​officialorganization, that ​organization is ​responsible for it: Snow ​removal comes under the ​highwaydepartment.

come verb (CHANGE)

to ​change or be in a different ​position or ​condition: [I always + adv/prep] The ​stitching on my ​briefcase is coming ​apart. [L] A ​wire had come ​loose at the back. [I always + adv/prep] He ​pulled the ​knob and it came off in his ​hand. [+ to infinitive] I couldn’t ​stand him at first, but I’ve come to like him.
adjective  us   /ˈkʌm·ɪŋ/
We ​lookforward to ​evengreatersuccess in the coming ​year.
(Definition of come from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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