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he/she/itcomes on
present participlecoming on
past tensecame on
past participlecome on
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to develop or make progress

    How’s the building work coming on?

    come on with:

    She’s coming on fine with her music.

    1. a.
      to improve

      His French has really come on since last year.

  2. 2
    [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.

  3. 3
    [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 Thompson in the 75th minute of the game.

  4. 4
    if something such as rain or snow comes on, it starts to fall
    it comes on to do something:

    It came on to rain.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if an illness comes on, it starts to affect you

    I can feel another headache coming on.

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