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  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

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    come over

    [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.
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  3. 3

    come across

    or

    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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