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come

verb
 
 
/kʌm/ (past tense came, past participle come)
MOVE TOWARDS [I] A1 to move or travel towards a person who is speaking or towards the place that they are speaking about: Come and see what I've done. Can you come to my party? She came in the evening. The rain came down heavily. Here comes Adam (= Adam is coming).General words for movement
ARRIVE [I] A1 to arrive somewhere or go to a place: I'll come and see you later. [+ to do sth] I've come to see Mr Curtis. I've come about the job. Has the paper come yet? Dad will come for you at six. We came to a crossroads.General words for movementVisitingArriving, entering and invadingAppearing and disappearing
GO WITH SOMEONE [I] A1 to go somewhere with the person who is speaking: Come for a walk with us. We're going to the cinema. Do you want to come?Taking someone somewhere or telling them the way
come after/first/last, etc B1 to have or achieve a particular position in a race, competition, list, etc: Our team came third. Sunday comes after Saturday.Order and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive
come past/to/up to, etc to reach a particular length, height, or depth: The water came up to my waist.Weighing and measuring
come apart/off, etc to become separated or removed from something: The book came apart in my hands. The handle came off. My shoelaces have come undone. The door came open.Unfastening and openingTearing and breaking into pieces
come easily/easy/naturally to be very easy for someone: Singing came naturally to Louise.Easiness and simplicity
HAPPEN [I] B2 to happen: Spring has come early. The worst problems are still to come. I've finished cleaning the bathroom. What comes next?Occurring and happening
how come informal used to ask why or how something has happened: How come you didn't go to the party?Question words and expressions
come and go to exist or happen somewhere for a short time and then go away: The feeling of nausea comes and goes.Frequency and regularity - general words
BE AVAILABLE [I] A2 to be available in a particular size, colour, etc: The table comes in three different sizes. Furniture like this doesn't come cheap.Available and accessiblePresent
come to do sth to start to do something: I have come to rely on acupuncture. This place has come to be known as 'Pheasant Corner'.Starting and beginningStarting again
when it comes to sth/doing sth used to introduce a new idea that you want to say something about: When it comes to baking cakes, she's an expert.Regarding and concerningLinking and relating
come to think of it used to say that you have just thought of something: Come to think of it, there are two batteries that you can have upstairs. → See also come to blows, I'll/We'll cross that bridge when I/we come to it., come clean, if/when it comes to the crunch, come (back) down to earth, come under fire, deliver/come up with the goods, come to grief, come/get to grips with sth, come to light, come into your/its own, not be/come up to scratch, come to your senses, come/turn up trumpsInterjectionsSounds used as interjectionsInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of come from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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