come at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycome at
he/she/itcomes at
present participlecoming at
past tensecame at
past participlecome at
  1. 1

    come at


    come for

    come at/for someone to suddenly move towards someone in order to threaten them or attack them physically

    A stranger came at him with a knife.

  2. 2
    come at someone if things such as questions or pieces of information come at you, they are directed at you in order to influence or affect you
  3. 3
    come at something to examine or deal with something such as a problem in a particular way

    Try coming at it from a different angle.

See also main entry: come