Definition of “come up” - English Dictionary

“come up” in British English

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come up

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

(MOVE TOWARDS)

B2 to move towards someone:

A young girl came up to me and asked for money.

More examples

  • He just came up to me and punched me.
  • He came up to me at a party and introduced himself.
  • A small child came up and asked me for money.

(BE MENTIONED)

B2 to be mentioned or talked about in conversation:

What points came up at the meeting?

More examples

  • The subject of payment didn't come up.
  • Did any new points come up when you spoke to him?
  • If the subject of divorce comes up, try to change the subject.

(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 happening soon:

My exams are coming up soon.

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

“come up” in American English

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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)

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