come
I. verb (came; come; coming) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cuman; akin to Old High German queman to come, Latin venire, Greek bainein to walk, go Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to move toward something ; approach <
come here
>
b. to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose <
come see us
>
<
come and see what's going on
>
c. (1) to reach a particular station in a series <
now we come to the section on health
>
(2) to arrive in due course <
the time has come
>
d. (1) to approach in kind or quality <
this comes near perfection
>
(2) to reach a condition or conclusion <
came to regard him as a friend
>
<
come to think of it, you may be right
>
e. (1) to advance toward accomplishment ; come along <
the job is coming nicely
>
(2) to advance in a particular manner <
come running when I call
>
(3) to advance, rise, or improve in rank or condition <
has come a long way
>
f. extend <
her dress came to her ankles
>
2. a. (1) to arrive at a particular place, end, result, or conclusion <
came to his senses
>
<
come untied
>
(2) amount <
the taxes on it come to more than it's worth
>
b. (1) to appear to the mind <
the answer came to them
>
(2) to appear on a scene ; make an appearance <
children come equipped to learn any language
>
c. (1) happen, occur <
no harm will come to you
>
(2) to come to pass ; take place — used in the subjunctive with inverted subject and verb to express the particular time or occasion <
come spring the days will be longer
>
d. originate, arise <
wine comes from grapes
>
<
they come of sturdy stock
>
e. to enter or assume a condition, position, or relation <
artillery came into action
>
f. to fall within a field of view or a range of application <
this comes within the terms of the treaty
>
g. to issue forth <
a sob came from her throat
>
h. to take form <
churn till the butter comes
>
i. to be available <
this model comes in several sizes
>
<
as good as they come
>
j. often vulgar to experience orgasm 3. to fall to a person in a division or inheritance of property 4. obsolete to become moved favorably ; relent 5. to turn out to be <
good clothes don't come cheap
>
6. become <
a dream that came true
>
transitive verb 1. to approach or be near (an age) <
a child coming eight years old
>
2. to take on the aspect of <
come the stern parent
>
II. noun Date: 1923 1. often vulgar semen 2. often vulgar orgasm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • come — ► VERB (past came; past part. come) 1) move, travel, or reach towards or into a place thought of as near or familiar to the speaker. 2) arrive. 3) happen; take place. 4) occupy or achieve a specified position in space, order, or priority: she… …   English terms dictionary

  • come — [kum] vi. came, come, coming [ME comen < OE cuman, akin to Goth qiman, Ger kommen < IE base * gwem , *gwā , to go, come > L venire, to come, Gr bainein, to go] 1. to move from a place thought of as “there” to or into a place thought of… …   English World dictionary

  • come — O.E. cuman come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, pp. cumen), from P.Gmc. *kwem (Cf. O.S. cuman, O.Fris. kuma, M.Du. comen, Du. komen, O.H.G. queman, Ger. kommen, O.N. koma,… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • come — / kome/ [lat. quomo(do ) et, propr. nel modo che anche... ] (radd. sint.; può essere apostrofato davanti a vocale, spec. davanti a e ). ■ avv. 1. a. [introduce un termine di comparazione o una prop. modale col senso di in quel modo che ,… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • come — come, arrive are comparable because both basically mean to get to one point from another more or less distant in space, time, relation, or development. Come (with to)and arrive (with at) are synonyms of reach (see REACH); thus, one comes to or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • come — is one of several verbs (others include go and try) which can be followed by and instead of to (Come and see). It can also be followed by a participle in ing (Will you come swimming tomorrow?). Occasionally, and usually for rhetorical effect, it… …   Modern English usage

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