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phrasal verb [transitive] mainly literary
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present tense
I/you/we/theycome upon
he/she/itcomes upon
present participlecoming upon
past tensecame upon
past participlecome upon
  1. 1
    come upon someone/something to meet someone, or to find something by chance

    We turned a corner and came upon an old church.

  2. 2
    come upon someone if a thought or feeling comes upon you, you have it

    A feeling of great excitement had suddenly come upon me.

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