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verb come pronunciation in American English /kʌm/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycome
he/she/itcomes
present participlecoming
past tensecame
past participlecome
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move or travel to the place where you are
    come across/along/down/into etc.: A tall woman in black was coming across the lawn.
    We have people coming to dinner tonight.
    come here/home/nearer/downstairs etc.: Billy, I want you to come here right now!
    come and do something: Come and tell me all about it.
    come to do something: Someone is supposed to come this morning to fix the computer.
    come running/flying/rushing/crashing etc. somewhere: All the glasses came crashing onto the floor.
    come by train/car/airplane etc.: We flew into Chicago and came the rest of the way by train.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to go somewhere with someone
      I’m leaving now – are you coming?
      come with: We’re all going into town and we thought you’d like to come with us.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to move or travel a particular distance to where you are
      Have you come a long way?
      They’ve come about 10 miles from the next village.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to reach a particular state
    come to a decision/conclusion/view etc.: We came to the conclusion that she must be telling the truth.
    come to an end/stop/halt/standstill: All good things must come to an end.
    come to power/prominence: When the Freedom Party came to power they continued these policies.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to start doing something
    come into existence/operation/effect etc.: The new changes will come into effect next month.
    come into view/sight (=to start to be seen): As we turned the corner, the top of the Eiffel Tower came into view.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to reach a particular point or level
    come as high/low/far etc. as something: The road comes as far as the post office and then turns into a dirt path.
    come up/down to something: The water came up to my shoulders.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if something such as a letter or message comes, you receive it
    The news could not have come at a better time.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] to happen
    Police investigated him for three years before the breakthrough came.
    come as a shock/surprise/relief/disappointment/reminder etc. (=be a shock etc.): It came as no surprise that she left the company.
    This news has come as a disappointment to local business leaders.
    coming soon: Coming soon, the new smash-hit comedy starring Julia Roberts.
    come in twos/threes etc. (=two/three etc. of them happen at the same time): Instances of bad luck are supposed to come in threes.
  7. 7
    [intransitive] to be sold or produced
    come in: The long-sleeved dress comes in yellow and blue.
  8. 8
    [intransitive] to be in a particular position in a series or list or at the end of a race
    come before/after: July comes before August.
    come first/second/third etc.: She came first in a national poetry competition.
    My children always come first (=are the most important thing for me).
  9. 9
    [intransitive] impolite to have an orgasm (=reach the state of greatest sexual excitement)

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