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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
  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. 3
    come under something to belong to a particular group or class

    Bread and pasta come under carbohydrates.

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