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comeverb

uk /kʌm/ 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 and visit us.
We came by car.
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 door opened and a nurse came into the room.
[ + to infinitive ] A man's coming to mend 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 and pick you up in the car if you like.
I've come for (= come to get) your census form.
[ + to infinitive ] I've come to read the gas meter.

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come verb (ARRIVE)

A1 [ I ] to get to a particular place:

Has she come yet?
When does the post come?
Hasn't his train come in yet?

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come verb (LEAVE)

[ I + adv/prep ] to leave a place:

I had to come away from the party early.
The police watched him come out of the house.

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come verb (DIFFERENT STATE)

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 (= start working)?
[ + adj ] A wire has come loose at the back.
The door came open for no apparent reason.

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come verb (HAPPEN)

B2 [ I ] to happen:

Spring has come early.
The announcement came at a bad time.
Her resignation came as quite a shock.
informal Come Monday morning (= when it is Monday morning) you'll regret staying 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 whole class in maths.

B1 to have or achieve a particular position 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 cuddly baby doll comes with her own blanket and bottle.
They're the best sunglasses you can buy, but they don't come cheap (= they are expensive).

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come verb (SEX)

[ I ] to have an orgasm

comenoun [ U ]

uk /kʌm/ us /kʌm/ slang

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

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comeverb

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 house tonight?
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 see your new house.
I’ve come to read the gas meter.

come verb (ARRIVE)

[ I ] to get to a particular place:

Has the mail come yet?
Spring came early this yearlook 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 particular place:

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 sizessmall, medium, and large.
This cuddly doll comes with her own blanket and bottle.

come verb (HAPPEN)

[ I ] to happen:

Your birthday 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 particular relation to others in an order:

April comes before May.
In your cookbook you’ll see that pies come under the heading "Desserts."

[ I always + adv/prep ] If something comes under an official organization, that organization is responsible for it:

Snow removal comes under the highway department.

come verb (CHANGE)

to change or be in a different position or condition:

[ 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.
coming
adjective us /ˈkʌm·ɪŋ/

We look forward to even greater success in the coming year.

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

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