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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome in
he/she/itcomes in
present participlecoming in
past tensecame in
past participlecome in
  1. 1
    to enter a room, building, or other place

    Come in and sit down.

  2. 2
    to arrive somewhere

    What time does his train come in?

  3. 3
    if something such as a message comes in, it is received by someone

    Reports are coming in of a major air accident.

    1. a.
      if money comes in, it is earned or received by someone

      We’ve got absolutely no money coming in at the moment.

  4. 4
    to go to work

    He’s too ill to come in today.

  5. 5
    if someone comes in, they come to your house in order to do work

    I’ve got the plumber coming in tomorrow.

  6. 6
    if something such as a law or practice comes in, it starts to be used or done
  7. 7
    when the tide comes in, the sea moves higher up the beach
  8. 8
    to join a conversation or discussion by saying something

    I’d like to come in here and make a suggestion.

  9. 9
    to join other people who are involved in something such as a business project
    come in on:

    If your friend wants to come in on the deal, he’ll need to put a lot of money on the table.

    I’m looking for people to come in with me on a new restaurant venture.

  10. 10
    to become fashionable at a particular time

    It was a time when short hair for men was just coming in.

  11. 11
    to finish a race in a particular position
    come in first/second/third etc:

    My horse came in third.

  12. 12
    come in useful/handy to be useful for a particular situation

    A big sheet of plastic always comes in handy when you’re camping.

  13. 13
    where someone/something comes in what someone or something is needed for

    We’ll need new information systems, and that’s where Steve comes in.

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