AskDefine | Define come

Dictionary Definition



1 move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; "He came singing down the road"; "Come with me to the Casbah"; "come down here!"; "come out of the closet!"; "come into the room" [syn: come up] [ant: go]
2 reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight" [syn: arrive, get] [ant: leave]
3 come to pass; arrive, as in due course; "The first success came three days later"; "It came as a shock"; "Dawn comes early in June"
4 reach a state, relation, or condition; "The water came to a boil"; "We came to understand the true meaning of life"; "Their anger came to a boil"; "I came to realize the true meaning of life"
5 to be the product or result; "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience" [syn: follow]
6 enter or assume a condition, relation, use, or position; "He came into contact with a terrorist group"; "The shoes came untied"; "I came to see his point of view"; "her face went red with anger"; "The knot came loose"; "Your wish will come true"
7 be found or available; "These shoes come in three colors; The furniture comes unassembled"
8 come forth; "A scream came from the woman's mouth"; "His breath came hard" [syn: issue forth]
9 be a native of; "She hails from Kalamazoo" [syn: hail]
10 extend or reach; "The water came up to my waist"; "The sleeves come to your knuckles"
11 exist or occur in a certain point in a series; "Next came the student from France"
12 come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins" [syn: derive, descend]
13 cover a certain distance; "She came a long way"
14 come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading" [syn: fall]
15 happen as a result; "Nothing good will come of this"
16 add up in number or quantity; "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000" [syn: total, number, add up, amount]
17 develop into; "This idea will never amount to anything"; "nothing came of his grandiose plans" [syn: add up, amount]
18 be received; "News came in of the massacre in Rwanda" [syn: come in]
19 come to one's mind; suggest itself; "It occurred to me that we should hire another secretary"; "A great idea then came to her" [syn: occur]
20 proceed or get along; "How is she doing in her new job?"; "How are you making out in graduate school?"; "He's come a long way" [syn: do, fare, make out, get along]
21 experience orgasm; "she could not come because she was too upset"
22 have a certain priority; "My family comes first" [also: came]

User Contributed Dictionary



cuman from . Cognates include Sanskrit sc=Deva, Ancient Greek sc=polytonic, Latin venio, German kommen, Swedish komma.


  • , /kʌm/, /kVm/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌm



(also cum)

Usage notes

This spelling (for this meaning) is extremely rare, in comparison to the homophone cum.


  1. when an event has occurred or a time has arrived
    Leave it to settle for about three months and, come Christmas time, you'll have a delicious concoctions to offer your guests.



  1. To move from further away to nearer to.
    She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes...
  2. alternative spelling of cum To orgasm.
    He came after a few minutes.
  3. To attack.
    She came at him with a knife.
  4. To get one's hands on.
    A four-leaf clover is difficult to come by.
To move from further away to nearer to
To orgasm
(come at) To attack
(come by) To get one’s hands on



  • [ˈkome]


Compare Spanish como, cómo.


  1. how
    Come stai? - How are you?
  2. as, like
    Blu come il mare - As blue as the sea; Blue like the sea

Derived terms


  1. as soon as
    Come arrivò... - As soon as he arrived...



Latin comede (imperative), comedit (present).


  • SAMPA /"kome/


  1. third person singular present tense of comer 'to eat'
  2. second person singular imperative of comer

Extensive Definition

Come may refer to:
Cum may refer to:
come in German: Cum
come in Esperanto: CUM
come in French: CUM
come in Simple English: Cum
come in Italian: CUM

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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