intransitive verb came came (kām)
, come come
noun Vulgar Slang
a. To advance toward the speaker or toward a specified place; approach: Come to me.
b. To advance in a specified manner: The children came reluctantly when I insisted.
a. To make progress; advance: a former drug addict who has come a long way.
b. To fare: How are things coming today? They're coming fine.
a. To reach a particular point in a series or as a result of orderly progression: At last we came to the chapter on ergonomics.
b. To arrive, as in due course: Dawn comes at 5 A.M. in June.
- To move into view; appear: The moon came over the horizon.
- To occur in time; take place: The game will be played tomorrow, come rain or shine.
a. To arrive at a particular result or end: come to an understanding.
b. To arrive at or reach a particular state or condition: Come to your senses!
c. To move or be brought to a particular position: The convoy came to an abrupt halt.
- To extend; reach: water that came to my waist.
- To have priority; rank: My work comes first.
- To happen as a result: This mess comes of your carelessness.
- To fall to one: No good can come of this.
- To occur in the mind: A good idea just came to me.
a. To issue forth: A cry came from the frightened child.
b. To be derived; originate: Oaks come from acorns.
c. To be descended: They come from a good family.
d. To be within a given range or spectrum of reference or application: This stipulation comes within the terms of your contract.
- To be a native or resident: My friend comes from Chicago.
- To add up to a certain amount: Expenses came to more than income.
a. To become: The knot came loose. This is a dream that has come true.
b. To turn out to be: A good education doesn't come cheap.
- To be available or obtainable: shoes that come in all sizes.
- Vulgar Slang To experience orgasm.
Semen ejaculated during orgasm.Phrasal Verbs: come about
To take place; happen. To turn around. Nautical
To change tack. come across
To meet or find by chance: came across my old college roommate in town today. Slang
a. To do what is wanted.
b. To pay over money that is demanded: came across with the check.
To give an impression: “He comes across as a very sincere, religious individual” (William L. Clay). come along
To make advances to a goal; progress: Things are coming along fine.
To go with someone else who takes the lead: I'll come along on the hike.
To show up; appear: Don't take the first offer that comes along.come around/round
To recover, revive: fainted but soon came around.
To change one's opinion or position: You'll come around after you hear the whole story. come at
To obtain; get: come at an education through study.
To rush at; attack. come back
To return to or regain past success after a period of misfortune. To retort; reply: came back with a sharp riposte.
To recur to the memory: It's all coming back to me now. come between
To cause to be in conflict or estrangement. come by
To gain possession of; acquire: Mortgages are hard to come by.
To pay a visit. come down
To lose wealth or position: He has really come down in the world.
a. To pass or be handed down by tradition: customs that come down from colonial times.
b. To be handed down from a higher authority: An indictment finally came down. Slang
To happen; occur: What's coming down tonight? Slang
To experience diminishing effects of a recreational or hallucinogenic drug. come in
a. To arrive: Fall clothes will be coming in soon.
b. To become available for use: New weather information just came in.
c. To start producing. Used of an oil well.
To arrive among those who finish a contest or race: came in fifth.
To perform or function in a particular way: A food processor comes in handy.
To reply in a specified manner to a call or signal: The pilot's voice came in loud and clear.
To take on a specified role: When editorial review commences, that's where you come in. come into
To acquire, especially as an inheritance: She came into a fortune on her 21st birthday. come off
To happen; occur: The trip came off on schedule.
To acquit oneself: She is sure to come off badly if challenged to explain.
To turn out to be successful: a party that came off. come on
To convey a particular personal image: comes on as an old-fashioned reactionary. Slang
To show sexual interest in someone: trying to come on to me during the party.
a. To progress or advance in increments: Darkness came on after seven.
b. To begin in small increments or by degrees: Sleet came on after one o'clock.
To hurry up; move rapidly. Often used in the imperative: Would you please come on! We'll be late!
To stop an inappropriate behavior; abandon a position or an attitude; be obliging. Used chiefly in the imperative: You've used the same feeble excuse for weeks. Come on! come out
To become known: The whole story came out at the trial.
To be issued or brought out: The author's new book just came out.
To make a formal social debut: She came out at age 18 in New York City.
To end up; result: Everything came out wrong.
To declare oneself publicly: The governor came out in favor of tax breaks.
To reveal that one is a gay man, a lesbian, or a bisexual. come over
To change sides, as in a controversy. To pay a casual visit. come through
To do what is required or anticipated: I asked for their help, and they came through.
a. To become manifest: The parents' tenderness comes through in their facial expressions.
b. To be communicated: The coach's displeasure came through loud and clear. come to
To recover consciousness: The fainting victim came to. Nautical
a. To bring the bow into the wind.
b. To anchor. come up
To manifest itself; arise: The question never came up.
To rise above the horizon: The sun came up.
To rise, as in status or rank: a general who came up from the ranks.
To draw near; approach: came up and said hello. come upon
To discover or meet by accident. come with Informal
To accompany someone; go along: I'm going to the store; do you want to come with?
Origin: Middle English comen
Origin: , from Old English cuman; see gwā- in Indo-European roots