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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycome under
he/she/itcomes under
present participlecoming under
past tensecame under
past participlecome under
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  1. 1
    come under something to be forced to experience something unpleasant
    The department had come under criticism for poor performance.
    come under scrutiny/suspicion: Airport security will now come under increased scrutiny.
    come under pressure: President Bush has come under pressure to step up the sanctions.
  2. 2
    come under someone/something to be the responsibility of a particular person, organization etc
    Issues relating to pay come under the personnel department.
  3. 3
    come under something to belong to a particular group or class
    Libraries and swimming pools come under Leisure Services.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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