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phrasal verb [transitive]
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I/you/we/theycome from
he/she/itcomes from
present participlecoming from
past tensecame from
past participlecome from
  1. 1
    come from someone/something to be obtained from, produced by, or found in a particular person, place, or thing

    The serum comes from a tropical plant.

    Opposition may also come from hardliners within his own party.

    I can't tell where the noise is coming from, can you?

    1. a.
      come from something to have something as an origin

      The word comes from an African language.

  2. 2
    come from something to have been born in a particular place

    My parents came from Italy.

    1. b.
      to belong to a particular type of family or social group

      His wife comes from a pretty rich family.

      They all come from similar backgrounds.

  3. 3
    come from something to be the result of something

    His air of confidence came from his firm belief that he was the best candidate for the job.

    come from doing something:

    It's the kind of accident that comes from being careless.

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