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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome up
he/she/itcomes up
present participlecoming up
past tensecame up
past participlecome up
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  1. 1
    to move toward someone, usually because you want to talk to them
    come up to: Strangers come up to him in the street and say how much they enjoy his books.
  2. 2
    if something such as a job comes up, it becomes available
    She’s hoping a vacancy will come up at the local college.
  3. 3
    if a problem comes up, it happens and needs to be dealt with immediately
    I’m going to have to cancel our lunch – something’s come up.
    1. a.
      to be mentioned and need to be considered
      A number of interesting points came up at today’s meeting.
    2. b.
      [always progressive] to be about to happen soon
      We’ve got a busy period coming up in a couple of weeks.
  4. 4
    to travel to a place that is farther north or is larger or more important than the place you are leaving
    My mother’s coming up from Florida for the wedding.
  5. 7
    to be tall, deep, or long enough to reach a particular higher point or level
    come up to/as far as: The grass in the garden came up to her knees.
  6. 11
    to be judged in a court of law
    His case comes up next week.
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