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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome across
he/she/itcomes across
present participlecoming across
past tensecame across
past participlecome across

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [transitive] come across someone/something to meet someone, or to find something by chance

    I came across a word I'd never seen before.

    Have you ever come across such a horrible person in all your life?

  2. 2

    come across


    come over


    come off

    [intransitive] if someone or something comes across in a particular way, you have a particular opinion of them when you meet them or see them

    A lot depends on how well you come across in the interview.

    come across as:

    She comes across as very self-confident.

  3. 3

    come across


    come over

    [intransitive] if something such as a feeling or idea comes across when you speak, you make it very clear to people

    His sense of enthusiasm comes across very clearly.

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