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come up

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (BE MENTIONED)

to be ​mentioned or ​talked about in ​conversation: What ​points came up at the ​meeting?

come up

phrasal verb with come  us   /kʌm/ verb (past tense came  /keɪm/ , past participle come)
  • (HAPPEN)

to ​happen, usually unexpectedly: I’ve got to go – something’s just come up at ​home and I’m ​needed there.
(Definition of come up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"come up" in British English

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come up

phrasal verb with come uk   us   /kʌm/ verb (came, come)
  • (MOVE TOWARDS)

B2 to ​move towards someone: A ​younggirl came up to me and ​asked for ​money.

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  • (BE MENTIONED)

B2 to be ​mentioned or ​talked about in ​conversation: What ​points came up at the ​meeting?

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  • (HAPPEN)

C1 to ​happen, usually ​unexpectedly: I've got to go - something has just come up at ​home and I'm ​needed there.be coming up B2 to be ​happeningsoon: My ​exams are coming up ​soon.
(Definition of come up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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