come in
intransitive verb Date: 13th century 1. a. to arrive on a scene <
new models coming in
>
b. to become available <
data began coming in
>
2. to place among those finishing <
came in last
>
3. a. to function in an indicated manner <
come in handy
>
b. of a telecommunications signal to be received <
came in loud and clear
>
4. to assume a role or function <
that's where you come in
>
5. to attain maturity, fruitfulness, or production

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
/ (as gain)


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