Meaning of “come to sth” in the English Dictionary

"come to sth" in British English

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come to sth

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


B2 to be a particular total when numbers or amounts are added together:

That comes to £25.

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  • Our shopping came to £34.
  • When we added up all the guests, it came to over 200.
  • I'll pay for the food. It shouldn't come to too much.
  • The bill came to roughly £60.
  • Altogether, the accommodation and food came to six hundred pounds.


B2 to reach a particular point or state:

His hair comes right down to his shoulders.
He's tiny, he doesn't even come up to my chest!
And now I come to (= I will mention) my main point.
The war had just come to an end (= ended).
The car spun off the road, turned over twice and came to rest (= stopped moving) in a field.
We may have to sell the house, but I hope it won't come to that.
come to nothing

If plans come to nothing, they fail:

So much effort and planning, and it's all come to nothing.

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

"come to sth" in Business English

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come to sth

phrasal verb with come uk /kʌm/ us verb

to be a particular amount or number after a mathematical calculation:

The total cost came to $20,000.

to reach a particular condition or stage:

come to a halt/end In the past few months forward momentum has come to a halt.
come to a decision/agreement/conclusion I am confident the two sides will come to agreement.

(Definition of “come to sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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