Meaning of “come” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /kʌm/ (past tense came, past participle come)

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).

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.

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?
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.
come past/to/up to, etc

to reach a particular length, height, or depth:

The water came up to my waist.
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.
come easily/easy/naturally

to be very easy for someone:

Singing came naturally to Louise.

B2 to happen:

Spring has come early.
The worst problems are still to come.
I've finished cleaning the bathroom. What comes next?
how come informal

used to ask why or how something has happened:

How come you didn't go to the party?
come and go

to exist or happen somewhere for a short time and then go away:

The feeling of nausea comes and goes.

A2 to be available in a particular size, colour, etc:

The table comes in three different sizes.
Furniture like this doesn't come cheap.
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'.
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.

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