- The definition of come is to move closer to the requester.
An example of come is when someone moves from their spot across the room over to where you are.
- Come means to reach a particular state or action.
An example of come is when you say the time has arrived for dinner.
- to move from a place thought of as “there” to or into a place thought of as “here”:
- in the second person, with relation to the speaker: come to me, will you come to the dance tonight?
- in the first person, with relation to the person addressed: I will come to see you
- in the third person, with relation to the person or thing approached: he came into the room
- to approach or reach by or as by moving toward
- to arrive or appear: help will come
- to extend; reach: the bus line comes near the hotel
- to happen; take place: success came to him early in life
- to take form in the mind, as through recollection: her name finally came to him
- to occur in a certain place or order: after 9 comes 10
- to become actual; evolve; develop: peace will come in time
- to proceed; progress; get (along): how's your new book coming (along)?
- to be derived: milk comes from cows
- to be descended: he comes from an old family
- to be a native, resident, or former resident: with from
- to be caused; result: illness may come from a poor diet
- ⌂ to be due or owed (to): used in the participle: to get what is coming to one
- to pass by or as by inheritance: the house came to him on the death of his father
- to enter into a certain state or condition: this word has come into use
- to get to be; become: my shoe came loose
- to be obtainable or available: this dress comes in four sizes
- to amount; add up (to)
- Informal to have a sexual orgasm: somewhat vulgar
Origin of comeMiddle English comen ; from Old English cuman, akin to Gothic qiman, German kommen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwem-, an unverified form gw?-, to go, come from source Classical Latin venire, to come, Classical Greek bainein, to go
as good as they come
- to happen; occur
- to turn about
- Naut. to change course so that the sail or sails shift from one side of the vessel to the other, esp. to do so as by turning the bow into and across the wind; tack
- to meet by accident; find by chance
- Informal to be effective, readily understood, etc.
- ⌂ Slang to give, do, or say what is wanted; provide (with what is needed)
come across (as)
- to become excited, enthusiastic, etc.
- to become exciting, interesting, etc.: new curtains made the room come alive
- to appear or arrive
- to proceed or succeed
come and get it!
- to revive; recover
- to make a turn or change in direction
- to concede or yield, as to a demand
- Informal to come to visit
- to reach; attain
- to approach angrily or swiftly, as in attacking
- to return
- ⌂ Informal to make a comeback
- to get; acquire; gain
- ⌂ to pay a visit
- to suffer loss in status, wealth, etc.
- Slang to take place; happen
come down on
come down with⌂
- to enter
- to arrive
- to begin to be used; come into fashion
- ⌂ to start producing, as an oil well
- to finish in a competitive event: he came in fifth
- Radio to answer a call or signal
- to be received
come in for
- to enter into; join
- to inherit
come of age
- to become unfastened or detached
- to happen; occur
- to end up; emerge, as from a contest
- ⌂ Informal to prove effective, successful, etc.: humor that didn't come off
come off it!⌂
- to make progress
- to meet by accident; find
- to appear, begin to work, make an entrance, etc.
- invitation, often to a different place
- encouragement, urgency, etc.: come on! you can do it
- objection, disagreement, refusal to believe, etc.: come on! you can't be serious
come on to
- to be disclosed; become evident
- to be offered for public inspection, sale, etc.
- to be formally introduced to society; make a debut
- to end up; turn out: how did the election come out?
- ⌂ to become actively homosexual or reveal that one is homosexual
come out for
come out with
- to disclose
- to say; utter; publish
- to offer for public inspection, sale, etc.
- to wear through
- ⌂ to complete or endure something successfully
- ⌂ Informal to do what is wanted; provide (with what is needed)
- to recover consciousness
- to bring the ship's head nearer the wind
- to stop moving; also, to anchor
- to arise; begin: a light breeze came up
- to be mentioned, as in a discussion
- to rise or improve, as in status
- to be put forward, as for a vote
- Brit. to enter a university
- to meet or encounter by accident
- to attack
come up to
- to reach or extend to
- to equal
come up with
intransitive verbcame came , come come, com·ing, comes
- 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 AM 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.
nounalso cum Vulgar Slang
Origin of comeMiddle English comen, from Old English cuman; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present comes, present participle coming, simple past came, past participle come)
- (intransitive) To move from further away to nearer to.
- She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes […]
- (intransitive) To arrive.
- The guests came at eight o'clock.
- (intransitive) To appear, to manifest itself.
- The pain in his leg comes and goes.
- (intransitive) To take a position to something else in a sequence.
- Which letter comes before Y? Winter comes after autumn.
- (intransitive, slang) To achieve orgasm; to cum.
- He came after a few minutes.
- (copulative, figuratively, with close) To approach a state of being or accomplishment.
- They came very close to leaving on time. His test scores came close to perfect.
- One of the screws came loose, and the skateboard fell apart.
- (figuratively, with to) To take a particular approach or point of view in regard to something.
- He came to SF literature a confirmed technophile, and nothing made him happier than to read a manuscript thick with imaginary gizmos and whatzits.
- (copulative, archaic) To become, to turn out to be.
- He was a dream come true.
- (intransitive) To be supplied, or made available; to exist.
- He's as tough as they come. Our milkshakes come in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavours.
- (slang) To carry through; to succeed in.
- You can't come any tricks here.
- (intransitive) happen
- This kind of accident comes when you are careless.
- (intransitive, with from)
- to be or have been a resident or native
- Where did you come from?
- Template:also with ''of'' from a specific family
- He comes from a good family.
- to be or have been a resident or native
- (intransitive) grain germinates
A few old texts use comen as the past participle.
The phrase "dream come true" is a set phrase; the verb "come" in the sense "become" is archaic outside of that set phrase.
The collocations “come with” and “come along” mean accompany, used as “Do you want to come with me?” and “Do you want to come along?” In the Midwestern American dialect, “come with” can occur without a following object, as in “Do you want to come with?” In this dialect, “with” can also be used in this way with some other verbs, such as “take with”. Examples of this may be found in plays by Chicagoan David Mamet, such as American Buffalo. This objectless use is not permissible in other dialects.
- Used to indicate an event, period, or change in state occurring after a present time.
- Leave it to settle for about three months and, come Christmas time, you'll have a delicious concoctions to offer your guests.
- Come retirement, their Social Security may turn out to be a lot less than they counted on.
- Came is often used when both the indicated event, period or change in state occurred in the past.
From Middle English comen, cumen, from Old English coman, cuman (“to come, go, happen”), from Proto-Germanic *kwemaną (“to come”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷem-, *gʷém-, *gʷem-ye- (“to come, go, be born”).
Cognate with Scots cum (“to come”), Saterland Frisian kuume (“to come”), West Frisian komme (“to come”), Low German kamen (“to come”), Dutch komen (“to come”), German kommen (“to come”), Danish komme (“to come”), Swedish komma (“to come”), Icelandic koma (“to come”), Latin veniō (“come, arrive”), Lithuanian gimti (“to be born, come into the world, arrive”), Avestan [script?] (ǰamaiti, “to go”), Sanskrit गच्छति (gácchati, “to go”).