Meaning of “come on” in the English Dictionary

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"come on" in British English

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come on

phrasal verb with come uk /kʌm/ us /kʌm/ verb came, come

(START)

C1 to start to happen or work:

The heating comes on at six in the morning.

If you have an illness coming on, it is starting gradually:

I think I've got a cold coming on.

UK informal If a woman comes on, her period (= the blood coming from the womb that happens every month) starts.

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(SEXUAL INTEREST)

informal to make your sexual interest known to someone:

Then his wife left the room and he started coming on to me.
She was coming on strong and, naturally, I responded.

(APPEAR)

(of an actor) to walk onto the stage:

There was great applause when the Russian ballerina came on.

come-onnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkʌm.ɒn/ us /ˈkʌm.ɑːn/ informal

(Definition of “come on” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"come on" in American English

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come on

not standard c’mon
phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(HURRY)

used for telling someone to move or act quickly or more quickly:

Come on – we’re going to be late if you don’t hurry!

come on

not standard c'mon
phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(LACK BELIEF)

used for telling someone you do not believe what the person is saying or you think the person is not being serious:

Oh, come on. You have no evidence whatsoever.

come on

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(START TO DEVELOP)

to start to develop gradually, as an illness or a mood:

He felt one of his headaches coming on.

come-onnoun [ C ]

/ˈkʌmˌɔn, ˌɑn/ infml

something that is intended to attract a customer to a product:

Offering cash back on a purchase is one of the oldest come-ons in the world.

(Definition of “come on” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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