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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome on
he/she/itcomes on
present participlecoming on
past tensecame on
past participlecome on
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to start working by being switched on

    I saw a light come on in an upstairs window.

    1. a.
      to start to be broadcast

      We all had to be quiet when the news came on.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to appear on a stage

    When he came on, the audience finally began to show some interest.

    1. a.
      to appear on television, or to be heard on the radio

      Then the president comes on and tells everyone to spend more money.

    2. b.
      to arrive on a sports field in order to replace another member of your team

      He came on as a substitute.

      Miller came on for his injured teammate with only two minutes left in the game.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if an illness comes on, it starts to affect you

    I can feel another headache coming on.

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