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[v] come to pass; arrive, as in due course; "The first success came three days later"; "It came as a shock"; "Dawn comes early in June"
[v] be found or available; "These shoes come in three colors; The furniture comes unassembled"
[v] happen as a result; "Nothing good will come of this"
[v] reach a state, relation, or condition; "The water came to a boil"; "We came to understand the true meaning of life"; "Their anger came to a boil"; "I came to realize the true meaning of life"
[v] have a certain priority; "My family comes first"
[v] come to one's mind; suggest itself; "It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary"; "A great idea then came to her"
[v] cover a certain distance; "She came a long way"
[v] move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; "He came singing down the road"; "Come with me to the Casbah"; "come down here!"; "come out of the closet!"; "come into the room"
[v] reach a destination; arrive by movement or by making progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "He got into college"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
[v] be received, as of news on the radio or television; "News came in of the massacre in Rwanda"
[v] experience orgasm; "she could not come because she was too upset"
[v] proceed or get along; "How is she doing in her new job?"; "How are you making out in graduate school?"; "He's come a long way"
[v] to be the product or result; "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience"
[v] develop into; "This idea will never amount to anything"; "nothing came of his grandiose plans"
[v] add up in number or quantity; "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000"
[v] extend or reach; "The water came up to my waist"; "The sleeves come to your knuckles"
[v] come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading"
[v] enter or assume a condition, relation, use, or position; "He came into contact with a terrorist group"; "The shoes came untied"; "I came to see his point of view"; "her face went red with anger"; "The knot came loose"; "Your wish will come true"
[v] come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins"
[v] be a native of; "She hails from Kalamazoo"
[v] exist or occur in a certain point in a series; "Next came the student from France"
[v] come forth; "A scream came from the woman's mouth"; "His breath came hard"

Misc. Definitions

\Come\, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS. kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam. [root]2
3. Cf. {Base}, n., {Convene}, {Adventure}.]
1. To move hitherward; to draw near; to approach the speaker, or some place or person indicated; -- opposed to go. Look, who comes yonder? --Shak. I did not come to curse thee. --Tennyson.
2. To complete a movement toward a place; to arrive. When we came to Rome. --Acts xxviii. 1
6. Lately come from Italy. --Acts xviii.
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3. To approach or arrive, as if by a journey or from a distance. ``Thy kingdom come.'' --Matt. vi.
10. The hour is coming, and now is. --John. v. 2
5. So quick bright things come to confusion. --Shak.
4. To approach or arrive, as the result of a cause, or of the act of another. From whence come wars? --James iv.
1. Both riches and honor come of thee ! --1 Chron. xxix. 1
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5. To arrive in sight; to be manifest; to appear. Then butter does refuse to come. --Hudibras.
6. To get to be, as the result of change or progress; -- with a predicate; as, to come untied. How come you thus estranged? --Shak. How come her eyes so bright? --Shak. Note: Am come, is come, etc., are frequently used instead of have come, has come, etc., esp. in poetry. The verb to be gives a clearer adjectival significance to the participle as expressing a state or condition of the subject, while the auxiliary have expresses simply the completion of the action signified by the verb. Think not that I am come to destroy. --Matt. v. 1
7. We are come off like Romans. --Shak. The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year. --Bryant. Note: Come may properly be used (instead of go) in speaking of a movement hence, or away, when there is reference to an approach to the person addressed; as, I shall come home next week; he will come to your house to-day. It is used with other verbs almost as an auxiliary, indicative of approach to the action or state expressed by the verb; as, how came you to do it? Come is used colloquially, with reference to a definite future time approaching, without an auxiliary; as, it will be two years, come next Christmas; i. e., when Christmas shall come. They were cried In meeting, come next Sunday. --Lowell. Come, in the imperative, is used to excite attention, or to invite to motion or joint action; come, let us go. ``This is the heir; come, let us kill him.'' --Matt. xxi. 3
8. When repeated, it sometimes expresses haste, or impatience, and sometimes rebuke. ``Come, come, no time for lamentation now.'' --Milton. {To come}, yet to arrive, future. ``In times to come.'' --Dryden. ``There's pippins and cheese to come.'' --Shak. {To come about}. (a) To come to pass; to arrive; to happen; to result; as, how did these things come about? (b) To change; to come round; as, the ship comes about. ``The wind is come about.'' --Shak. On better thoughts, and my urged reasons, They are come about, and won to the true side. --B. Jonson. {To come abroad}. (a) To move or be away from one's home or country. ``Am come abroad to see the world.'' --Shak. (b) To become public or known. [Obs.] ``Neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.'' --Mark. iv. 2
2. {To come across}, to meet; to find, esp. by chance or suddenly. ``We come across more than one incidental mention of those wars.'' --E. A. Freeman. ``Wagner's was certainly one of the strongest and most independent natures I ever came across.'' --H. R. Haweis. {To come after}. (a) To follow. (b) To come to take or to obtain; as, to come after a book. {To come again}, to return. ``His spirit came again and he revived.'' --Judges. xv. 1
9. - {To come and go}. (a) To appear and disappear; to change; to alternate. ``The color of the king doth come and go.'' --Shak. (b) (Mech.) To play backward and forward. {To come at}. (a) To reach; to arrive within reach of; to gain; as, to come at a true knowledge of ourselves. (b) To come toward; to attack; as, he came at me with fury. {To come away}, to part or depart. {To come between}, to intervene; to separate; hence, to cause estrangement. {To come by}. (a) To obtain, gain, acquire. ``Examine how you came by all your state.'' --Dryden. (b) To pass near or by way of. {To come down}. (a) To descend. (b) To be humbled. {To come down upon}, to call to account, to reprimand. [Colloq.] --Dickens. {To come home}. (a) To return to one's house or family. (b) To come close; to press closely; to touch the feelings, interest, or reason. (c) (Naut.) To be loosened from the ground; -- said of an anchor. {To come in}. (a) To enter, as a town, house, etc. ``The thief cometh in.'' --Hos. vii.
1. (b) To arrive; as, when my ship comes in. (c) To assume official station or duties; as, when Lincoln came in. (d) To comply; to yield; to surrender. ``We need not fear his coming in'' --Massinger. (e) To be brought into use. ``Silken garments did not come in till late.'' --Arbuthnot. (f) To be added or inserted; to be or become a part of. (g) To accrue as gain from any business or investment. (h) To mature and yield a harvest; as, the crops come in well. (i) To have sexual intercourse; -- with to or unto. --Gen. xxxviii. 1
6. (j) To have young; to bring forth; as, the cow will come in next May. [U. S.] {To come in for}, to claim or receive. ``The rest came in for subsidies.'' --Swift. {To come into}, to join with; to take part in; to agree to; to comply with; as, to come into a party or scheme. {To come it over}, to hoodwink; to get the advantage of. [Colloq.] {To come} {near or nigh}, to approach in place or quality; to be equal to. ``Nothing ancient or modern seems to come near it.'' --Sir W. Temple. {To come of}. (a) To descend or spring from. ``Of Priam's royal race my mother came.'' --Dryden. (b) To result or follow from. ``This comes of judging by the eye.'' --L'Estrange. {To come off}. (a) To depart or pass off from. (b) To get free; to get away; to escape. (c) To be carried through; to pass off; as, it came off well. (d) To acquit one's self; to issue from (a contest, etc.); as, he came off with honor; hence, substantively, a come-off, an escape; an excuse; an evasion. [Colloq.] (e) To pay over; to give. [Obs.] (f) To take place; to happen; as, when does the race come off? (g) To be or become after some delay; as, the weather came off very fine. (h) To slip off or be taken off, as a garment; to separate. (i) To hurry away; to get through. --Chaucer. {To come off by}, to suffer. [Obs.] ``To come off by the worst.'' --Calamy. {To come off from}, to leave. ``To come off from these grave disquisitions.'' --Felton. {To come on}. (a) To advance; to make progress; to thrive. (b) To move forward; to approach; to supervene. {To come out}. (a) To pass out or depart, as from a country, room, company, etc. ``They shall come out with great substance.'' --Gen. xv. 1
4. (b) To become public; to appear; to be published. ``It is indeed come out at last.'' --Bp. Stillingfleet. (c) To end; to result; to turn out; as, how will this affair come out? he has come out well at last. (d) To be introduced into society; as, she came out two seasons ago. (e) To appear; to show itself; as, the sun came out. (f) To take sides; to take a stand; as, he came out against the tariff. {To come out with}, to give publicity to; to disclose. {To come over}. (a) To pass from one side or place to another. ``Perpetually teasing their friends to come over to them.'' --Addison. (b) To rise and pass over, in distillation. {To come over to}, to join. {To come round}. (a) To recur in regular course. (b) To recover. [Colloq.] (c) To change, as the wind. (d) To relent. --J. H. Newman. (e) To circumvent; to wheedle. [Colloq.] {To come short}, to be deficient; to fail of attaining. ``All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.'' --Rom. iii. 2
3. {To come to}. (a) To consent or yield. --Swift. (b) (Naut.) (with the accent on to) To luff; to bring the ship's head nearer the wind; to anchor. (c) (with the accent on to) To recover, as from a swoon. (d) To arrive at; to reach. (e) To amount to; as, the taxes come to a large sum. (f) To fall to; to be received by, as an inheritance. --Shak. {To come to blows}. See under {Blow}. {To come to grief}. See under {Grief}. {To come to a head}. (a) To suppurate, as a boil. (b) To mature; to culminate; as a plot. {To come to one's self}, to recover one's senses. {To come to pass}, to happen; to fall out. {To come to the scratch}. (a) (Prize Fighting) To step up to the scratch or mark made in the ring to be toed by the combatants in beginning a contest; hence: (b) To meet an antagonist or a difficulty bravely. [Colloq.] {To come to time}. (a) (Prize Fighting) To come forward in order to resume the contest when the interval allowed for rest is over and ``time'' is called; hence: (b) To keep an appointment; to meet expectations. [Colloq.] {To come together}. (a) To meet for business, worship, etc.; to assemble. --Acts i.
6. (b) To live together as man and wife. --Matt. i. 1
8. {To come true}, to happen as predicted or expected. {To come under}, to belong to, as an individual to a class. {To come up} (a) to ascend; to rise. (b) To be brought up; to arise, as a question. (c) To spring; to shoot or rise above the earth, as a plant. (d) To come into use, as a fashion. {To come up the capstan} (Naut.), to turn it the contrary way, so as to slacken the rope about it. {To come up the tackle fall} (Naut.), to slacken the tackle gently. --Totten. {To come up to}, to rise to; to equal. {To come up with}, to overtake or reach by pursuit. {To come upon}. (a) To befall. (b) To attack or invade. (c) To have a claim upon; to become dependent upon for support; as, to come upon the town. (d) To light or chance upon; to find; as, to come upon hid treasure.
\Come\, v. t. To carry through; to succeed in; as, you can't come any tricks here. [Slang] {To come it}, to succeed in a trick of any sort. [Slang]
\Come\, n. Coming. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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