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  ( plays    plural & 3rd person present)   ( playing    present participle)   ( played    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When children, animals, or perhaps adults play, they spend time doing enjoyable things, such as using toys and taking part in games.  
They played in the little garden...      V  
Polly was playing with her teddy bear.      V with n  
      Play is also a noun., n-uncount  
...a few hours of play until the baby-sitter takes them off to bed.     
2       v-recip   When you play a sport, game, or match, you take part in it.  
While the twins played cards, Francis sat reading...      pl-n V n  
Alain was playing cards with his friends...      V n with n  
I used to play basketball...      V n (non-recip)  
I want to play for my country...      V for n (non-recip)  
He captained the team but he didn't actually play.      V (non-recip)  
      Play is also a noun., n-uncount  
Both sides adopted the Continental style of play.     
3       verb   When one person or team plays another or plays against them, they compete against them in a sport or game.  
Northern Ireland will play Latvia...      V n  
I've played against him a few times.      V against n  
      Play is also a noun., n-uncount  
Fischer won after 5 hours and 41 minutes of play.     
4       verb   When you play the ball or play a shot in a game or sport, you kick or hit the ball.  
Think first before playing the ball...      V n  
I played the ball back slightly.      V n adv  
5       verb   If you play a joke or a trick on someone, you deceive them or give them a surprise in a way that you think is funny, but that often causes problems for them or annoys them.  
Someone had played a trick on her, stretched a piece of string at the top of those steps...      V n on n  
I thought: `This cannot be happening, somebody must be playing a joke'.      V n  
6       verb   If you play with an object or with your hair, you keep moving it or touching it with your fingers, perhaps because you are bored or nervous.  
She stared at the floor, idly playing with the strap of her handbag.      V with n  
7       n-count   A play is a piece of writing which is performed in a theatre, on the radio, or on television.  
The company put on a play about the homeless..., It's my favourite Shakespeare play.     
8       verb   If an actor plays a role or character in a play or film, he or she performs the part of that character.  
...Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in which he played Hyde...      V n  
His ambition is to play the part of Dracula.      V n  
9       v-link   You can use play to describe how someone behaves, when they are deliberately behaving in a certain way or like a certain type of person. For example, to play the innocent, means to pretend to be innocent, and to play deaf means to pretend not to hear something.   (=act)  
Hill tried to play the peacemaker...      V n  
So you want to play nervous today?      V adj  
10       verb   You can describe how someone deals with a situation by saying that they play it in a certain way. For example, if someone plays it cool, they keep calm and do not show much emotion, and if someone plays it straight, they behave in an honest and direct way.  
Investors are playing it cautious, and they're playing it smart.      V it adj/adv  
11       verb   If you play a musical instrument or play a tune on a musical instrument, or if a musical instrument plays, music is produced from it.  
Nina had been playing the piano...      V n  
He played for me...      V for n  
Place your baby in her seat and play her a lullaby...      V n n  
The guitars played.      V  
12       verb   If you play a record, a CD, or a tape, you put it into a machine and sound is produced. If a record, CD, or tape is playing, sound is being produced from it.  
She played her records too loudly...      V n  
There is classical music playing in the background.      V, Also V n n  
13       verb   If a musician or group of musicians plays or plays a concert, they perform music for people to listen or dance to.  
A band was playing...      V  
He will play concerts in Amsterdam and Paris.      V n  
14    If you ask what someone is playing at, you are angry because you think they are doing something stupid or wrong.  
what are you playing at?      phrase   V inflects     (feelings)    What the hell are you playing at?     
15    When something comes into play or is brought into play, it begins to be used or to have an effect.  
come into play/be brought into play             phrase   V inflects  
The real existence of a military option will come into play...     
16    If something or someone plays a part or plays a rolein a situation, they are involved in it and have an effect on it.  
play a part/play a role      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR in n  
The UN would play a major role in monitoring a ceasefire., ...the role played by diet in disease.     
    to play ball  
    to play your cards right  
    to play it by ear  
    to play fair  
    to play second fiddle  
    to play the field  
    to play with fire  
    to play the fool  
    to play to the gallery  
    to play into someone's hands  
    to play hard to get  
    to play havoc  
    to play host  
    to play safe  
    to play for time  
    to play truant  
    truant   play along      phrasal verb   If you play alongwith a person, with what they say, or with their plans, you appear to agree with them and do what they want, even though you are not sure whether they are right.  
no passive  
My mother has learnt to play along with the bizarre conversations begun by father...      V P with n  
He led the way to the lift. Fox played along, following him.      V P   play around  
1       phrasal verb   If you play around, you behave in a silly way to amuse yourself or other people.  
INFORMAL   Stop playing around and eat!...      V P  
Had he taken the keys and played around with her car?      V P with n  
2       phrasal verb   If you play around with a problem or an arrangement of objects, you try different ways of organizing it in order to find the best solution or arrangement.  
INFORMAL   I can play around with the pictures to make them more eye-catching.      V P with n   play at  
1       phrasal verb   If you say that someone isplaying at something, you disapprove of the fact that they are doing it casually and not very seriously.  
no passive     (disapproval)    We were still playing at war<endash>dropping leaflets instead of bombs.      V P n/-ing  
2       phrasal verb   If someone, especially a child, plays at being someone or doing something, they pretend to be that person or do that thing as a game.  
no passive  
Ed played at being a pirate.      V P n/-ing  
3       phrasal verb   If you do not know what someone is playing at, you do not understand what they are doing or what they are trying to achieve.  
INFORMAL   She began to wonder what he was playing at...      V P   play back      phrasal verb   When you play back a tape or film, you listen to the sounds or watch the pictures after recording them.  
He bought an answering machine that plays back his messages when he calls...      V P n (not pron)  
Ted might benefit from hearing his own voice recorded and played back...      V-ed P  
I played the tape back.      V n P  
    playback   play down      phrasal verb   If you play down something, you try to make people believe that it is not particularly important.,   (Antonym: play up)    Western diplomats have played down the significance of the reports...      V P n (not pron)  
Both London and Dublin are playing the matter down.      V n P   play on      phrasal verb   If you play on someone's fears, weaknesses, or faults, you deliberately use them in order to persuade that person to do something, or to achieve what you want.   (=exploit) election campaign which plays on the population's fear of change...      V P n   play out      phrasal verb   If a dramatic event is played out, it gradually takes place.  
usu passive   (=unfold)  
Her union reforms were played out against a background of rising unemployment...      be V-ed P, Also V P n   play up  
1       phrasal verb   If you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important.,   (Antonym: play down)    The media played up the prospects for a settlement...      V P n (not pron)  
His Japanese ancestry has been played up by some of his opponents.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If something such as a machine or a part of your body is playing up or is playing you up, it is causing problems because it is not working properly.  
INFORMAL   usu cont, no passive  
The engine had been playing up...      V P  
It was his back playing him up.      V n P  
3       phrasal verb   When children play up, they are naughty and difficult to control.  
INFORMAL   Patrick often plays up when he knows I'm in a hurry.      V P  
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come     ( comes    3rd person present)   ( coming    present participle)   ( came    past tense  )
The form come is used in the present tense and is the past participle.     
Come is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in this dictionary. For example, the expression `to come to terms with something' is explained at `term'.     
1       verb   When a person or thing comes to a particular place, especially to a place where you are, they move there.  
Two police officers came into the hall...      V prep/adv  
Come here, Tom...      V prep/adv  
You'll have to come with us...      V prep/adv  
We heard the train coming...      V  
Can I come too?...      V  
The impact blew out some of the windows and the sea came rushing in.      V -ing prep/adv  
2       verb   When someone comesto do something, they move to the place where someone else is in order to do it, and they do it. In British English, someone can also come and do something and in American English, someone can come do something. However, you always say that someone came and did something.  
Eleanor had come to visit her...      V to-inf  
Come and meet Roger...      V and v  
I want you to come visit me.      V inf  
3       verb   When you come to a place, you reach it.  
He came to a door that led into a passageway.      V to n  
4       verb   If something comes upto a particular point or downto it, it is tall enough, deep enough, or long enough to reach that point.  
The water came up to my chest...      V up/down prep  
I wore a large shirt of Jamie's which came down over my hips.      V up/down prep  
5       verb   If something comes apart or comes to pieces, it breaks into pieces. If something comes off or comes away, it becomes detached from something else.  
The pistol came to pieces, easily and quickly...      V adv/prep  
The door knobs came off in our hands.      V adv/prep  
6       v-link   You use come in expressions such as come to an end or come into operation to indicate that someone or something enters or reaches a particular state or situation.  
The Communists came to power in 1944...      V to n  
I came into contact with very bright Harvard and Yale students...      V into n  
Their worst fears may be coming true.      V adj  
7       verb   If someone comesto do something, they do it at the end of a long process or period of time.  
She said it so many times that she came to believe it...      V to-inf  
8       verb   You can ask how something cameto happen when you want to know what caused it to happen or made it possible.  
How did you come to meet him?      V to-inf  
9       verb   When a particular event or time comes, it arrives or happens.  
The announcement came after a meeting at the Home Office...      V prep/adv  
The time has come for us to move on...      V  
There will come a time when the crisis will occur.      there V n  
  coming      n-sing   usu the N of n  
Most of my patients welcome the coming of summer.     
10       prep   You can use come before a date, time, or event to mean when that date, time, or event arrives. For example, you can say come the spring to mean `when the spring arrives'.  
Come the election on the 20th of May, we will have to decide...     
11       verb   If a thought, idea, or memory comes to you, you suddenly think of it or remember it.   (=occur)  
He was about to shut the door when an idea came to him...      V to n  
Then it came to me that perhaps he did understand.      it V to n that  
12       verb   If money or property is going to come to you, you are going to inherit or receive it.  
He did have pension money coming to him when the factory shut down.      V to n  
13       verb   If a case comes before a court or tribunal or comes to court, it is presented there so that the court or tribunal can examine it.  
The membership application came before the Council of Ministers in September...      V before n  
President Cristiani expected the case to come to court within ninety days.      V to n  
14       verb   If something comes to a particular number or amount, it adds up to it.  
Lunch came to $80.      V to amount  
15       verb   If someone or something comes from a particular place or thing, that place or thing is their origin, source, or starting point.  
Nearly half the students come from abroad...      V from n  
Chocolate comes from the cacao tree...      V from n  
The term `claret', used to describe Bordeaux wines, may come from the French word `clairet'.      V from n  
16       verb   Something that comes from something else or comes of it is the result of it.  
There is a feeling of power that comes from driving fast...      V from n/-ing  
He asked to be transferred there some years ago, but nothing came of it.      V of n/-ing  
17       verb   If someone or something comes first, next, or last, they are first, next, or last in a series, list, or competition.  
The two countries have been unable to agree which step should come next...      V ord  
The horse had already won at Lincolnshire and come second at Lowesby.      V ord  
18       verb   If a type of thing comesin a particular range of colours, forms, styles, or sizes, it can have any of those colours, forms, styles, or sizes.  
Bikes come in all shapes and sizes...      V in n  
The wallpaper comes in black and white only.      V in n  
19       verb   You use come in expressions such as it came as a surprise when indicating a person's reaction to something that happens.  
Major's reply came as a complete surprise to the House of Commons...      V as n to n  
The arrest has come as a terrible shock.      V as n  
20       verb   The next subject in a discussion that you come to is the one that you talk about next.  
Finally in the programme, we come to the news that the American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, has died...      V to n  
That is another matter altogether. And we shall come to that next.      V to n  
21       verb   To come means to have an orgasm.  
    comings and goings  
23    If you say that someone is, for example, as good as they come, or as stupid as they come, you are emphasizing that they are extremely good or extremely stupid.  
as good/stupid/quick etc as they come      phrase  
The new finance minister was educated at Oxford and is as traditional as they come.     
24    You can use the expression when it comes down to it or when you come down to it for emphasis, when you are giving a general statement or conclusion.  
when you come/it comes down to it      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    When you come down to it, however, the basic problems of life have not changed...     
25    If you say that someone has it coming to them, you mean that they deserve everything bad that is going to happen to them, because they have done something wrong or are a bad person. If you say that someone got what was coming to them, you mean that they deserved the punishment or bad experience that they have had.  
to have it/get what's coming to you      phrase   V inflects  
He was pleased that Brady was dead because he probably had it coming to him.     
26    You use the expression come to think of it to indicate that you have suddenly realized something, often something obvious.  
come to think of it      phrase   PHR with cl  
You know, when you come to think of it, this is very odd.     
27    When you refer to a time or an event to come or one that is still to come, you are referring to a future time or event.  
to come      phrase   usu n PHR, also v-link PHR  
I hope in years to come he will reflect on his decision..., The worst of the storm is yet to come.     
28    You can use the expression when it comes to or when it comes down to in order to introduce a new topic or a new aspect of a topic that you are talking about.  
when it comes (down) to      phrase   PHR n/-ing  
Most of us know we should cut down on fat. But knowing such things isn't much help when it comes to shopping and eating..., However, when it comes down to somebody that they know, they have a different feeling.     
29    You can use expressions like I know where you're coming from or you can see where she's coming from to say that you understand someone's attitude or point of view.  
where someone is coming from      phrase   V inflects  
To understand why they are doing it, it is necessary to know where they are coming from...      come about      phrasal verb   When you say how or when something came about, you say how or when it happened.  
Any possible solution to the Irish question can only come about through dialogue...      V P through n  
That came about when we went to Glastonbury last year...      V P  
Thus it came about that, after many years as an interior designer and antiques dealer, he combined both businesses.      it V P that   come across  
1       phrasal verb   If you come across something or someone, you find them or meet them by chance.   (=encounter)  
I came across a group of children playing.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone or what they are saying comes across in a particular way, they make that impression on people who meet them or are listening to them.   (=come over)  
When sober he can come across as an extremely pleasant and charming young man...      V P as n  
He came across very, very well.      V P adv   come along  
1       phrasal verb   You tell someone to come along to encourage them in a friendly way to do something, especially to attend something.   (=come on)  
There's a big press launch today and you're most welcome to come along.      V P  
2       convention   You say `come along' to someone to encourage them to hurry up, usually when you are rather annoyed with them.   (=come on)  
Come along, Osmond. No sense in your standing around.     
3       phrasal verb   When something or someone comes along, they occur or arrive by chance.  
I waited a long time until a script came along that I thought was genuinely funny...      V P  
It was lucky you came along.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If something is coming along, it is developing or making progress.  
Pentagon spokesman Williams says those talks are coming along quite well...      V P adv  
How's Ferguson coming along?      V P   come around  
in BRIT, also use come round     
1       phrasal verb   If someone comes around or comes roundto your house, they call there to see you.   (=come over)  
Beryl came round this morning to apologize...      V P  
Quite a lot of people came round to the house.      V P to n  
2       phrasal verb   If you come around or come roundto an idea, you eventually change your mind and accept it or agree with it.  
It looks like they're coming around to our way of thinking...      V P to n  
She will eventually come round.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   When something comes around or comes round, it happens as a regular or predictable event.  
I hope still to be in the side when the World Cup comes around next year.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   When someone who is unconscious comes around or comes round, they recover consciousness.   (=come to)  
When I came round I was on the kitchen floor.      V P   come at      phrasal verb   If a person or animal comes at you, they move towards you in a threatening way and try to attack you.  
He maintained that he was protecting himself from Mr Cox, who came at him with an axe.      V P n with n, Also V P n   come back  
1       phrasal verb   If something that you had forgotten comes backto you, you remember it.  
He was also an MP<endash>I'll think of his name in a moment when it comes back to me...      V P to n  
When I thought about it, it all came back.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   When something comes back, it becomes fashionable again.  
I'm glad hats are coming back.      V P  
    comeback   come back to      phrasal verb   If you come back to a topic or point, you talk about it again later.  
`What does that mean please?'—`I'm coming back to that. Just write it down for the minute.'      V P P n   come between      phrasal verb   If someone or something comes between two people, or comes between a person and a thing, they make the relationship or connection between them less close or happy.  
no passive  
It's difficult to imagine anything coming between them...      V P pl-n   come by      phrasal verb   To come by something means to obtain it or find it.  
How did you come by that cheque?...      V P n   come down  
1       phrasal verb   If the cost, level, or amount of something comes down, it becomes less than it was before.,   (Antonym: go up)    Interest rates should come down...      V P  
If you buy three bottles, the bottle price comes down to £2.42...      V P to/from n  
The price of petrol is coming down by four pence a gallon.      V P by n  
2       phrasal verb   If something comes down, it falls to the ground.  
The cold rain came down...      V P   come down on  
1       phrasal verb   If you come down on one side of an argument, you declare that you support that side.  
He clearly and decisively came down on the side of President Rafsanjani.      V P P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you come down on someone, you criticize them severely or treat them strictly.  
If Douglas came down hard enough on him, Dale would rebel.      V P P n   come down to      phrasal verb   If a problem, decision, or question comes down to a particular thing, that thing is the most important factor involved.  
Walter Crowley says the problem comes down to money...      V P P n  
I think that it comes down to the fact that people do feel very dependent on their automobile...      it V P P n  
What it comes down to is, there are bad people out there, and somebody has to deal with them.      it V P P n   come down with      phrasal verb   If you come down with an illness, you get it.  
Thomas came down with chickenpox at the weekend.      V P P n   come for      phrasal verb   If people such as soldiers or police come for you, they come to find you, usually in order to harm you or take you away, for example to prison.  
Lotte was getting ready to fight if they came for her.      V P n   come forward      phrasal verb   If someone comes forward, they offer to do something or to give some information in response to a request for help.  
A vital witness came forward to say that she saw Tanner wearing the boots.      V P   come in  
1       phrasal verb   If information, a report, or a telephone call comes in, it is received.  
Reports are now coming in of trouble at yet another jail.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you have some money coming in, you receive it regularly as your income.  
usu cont  
She had no money coming in and no funds.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If someone comes inon a discussion, arrangement, or task, they join it.  
Can I come in here too, on both points?...      V P on n  
He had a designer come in and redesign the uniforms.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   When a new idea, fashion, or product comes in, it becomes popular or available.  
It was just when geography was really beginning to change and lots of new ideas were coming in...      V P  
5       phrasal verb   If you ask where something or someone comes in, you are asking what their role is in a particular matter.  
Rose asked again, `But where do we come in, Henry?'      V P  
6       phrasal verb   When the tide comes in, the water in the sea gradually moves so that it covers more of the land.  
V P     (Antonym: go out)    come in for      phrasal verb   If someone or something comes in for criticism or blame, they receive it.  
The plans have already come in for fierce criticism in many quarters of the country.      V P P n   come into  
1       phrasal verb   If someone comes into some money, some property, or a title, they inherit it.  
no passive   (=inherit)  
My father has just come into a fortune in diamonds.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone or something comes into a situation, they have a role in it.  
no passive  
We don't really know where Hortense comes into all this...      V P n   come off  
1       phrasal verb   If something comes off, it is successful or effective.  
It was a good try but it didn't quite come off...      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If someone comes off worst in a contest or conflict, they are in the worst position after it. If they come off best, they are in the best position.  
Some Democrats still have bitter memories of how, against all odds, they came off worst during the inquiry...      V P adv  
3       phrasal verb   If you come off a drug or medicine, you stop taking it.  
no passive  
...people trying to come off tranquillizers.      V P n  
4       convention   You say `come off it' to someone to show them that you think what they are saying is untrue or wrong.  
INFORMAL, SPOKEN   come on  
1       convention   You say `Come on' to someone to encourage them to do something they do not much want to do.  
(=come along)  

Come on Doreen, let's dance.     
2       convention   You say `Come on' to someone to encourage them to hurry up.  
SPOKEN   (=come along)  
3       phrasal verb   If you have an illness or a headache coming on, you can feel it starting.  
usu cont  
Tiredness and fever are much more likely to be a sign of flu coming on.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If something or someone is coming on well, they are developing well or making good progress.  
usu cont   (=come along)  
Lee is coming on very well now and it's a matter of deciding how to fit him into the team...      V P adv  
5       phrasal verb   When something such as a machine or system comes on, it starts working or functioning.,   (Antonym: go off)    The central heating was coming on and the ancient wooden boards creaked.      V P  
6       phrasal verb   If a new season or type of weather is coming on, it is starting to arrive.  
usu cont  
Winter was coming on again...      V P  
I had two miles to go and it was just coming on to rain.      it V P to-inf   come on to  
1       phrasal verb   When you come on to a particular topic, you start discussing it.  
We're now looking at a smaller system but I'll come on to that later.      V P P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone comes on to you, they show that they are interested in starting a sexual relationship with you.  
INFORMAL   I don't think that a woman, by using make-up, is trying to come on to a man.      V P P n   come out  
1       phrasal verb   When a new product such as a book or CD comes out, it becomes available to the public.  
The book comes out this week...      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If a fact comes out, it becomes known to people.  
The truth is beginning to come out about what happened...      V P  
It will come out that she has covertly donated considerable sums to the IRA.      it V P that  
3       phrasal verb   When a gay person comes out, they let people know that they are gay.  
...the few gay men there who dare to come out...      V P  
I came out as a lesbian when I was still in my teens.      V P as n/adj  
4       phrasal verb   To come out in a particular way means to be in the position or state described at the end of a process or event.  
In this grim little episode of recent American history, few people come out well...      V P adv/prep  
So what makes a good marriage? Faithfulness comes out top of the list...      V P adj  
Julian ought to have resigned, then he'd have come out of it with some credit.      V P of n adv/prep  
5       phrasal verb   If you come outfor something, you declare that you support it. If you come outagainst something, you declare that you do not support it.  
Its members had come out virtually unanimously against the tests.      V P prep/adv  
6       phrasal verb   When a group of workers comes out on strike, they go on strike.  
On September 18 the dockers again came out on strike.      V P prep  
in AM, use go out on strike     
7       phrasal verb   If a photograph does not come out, it does not appear or is unclear when it is developed and printed.  
None of her snaps came out.      V P  
8       phrasal verb   When the sun, moon, or stars come out, they appear in the sky.,   (Antonym: go in)    Oh, look. The sun's come out.      V P   come out in      phrasal verb   If you come out in spots, you become covered with them.  
  (BRIT)   no passive   (=break out in)  
When I changed to a new soap I came out in a terrible rash.      V P P n  
in AM, use break out      come out with      phrasal verb   If you come out with a remark, especially a surprising one, you make it.  
no passive  
Everyone who heard it just burst out laughing when he came out with it...      V P n   come over  
1       phrasal verb   If a feeling or desire, especially a strange or surprising one, comes over you, it affects you strongly.  
no passive  
As I entered the corridor which led to my room that eerie feeling came over me...      V P n  
I'm sorry, I don't know what came over me.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone comes overall dizzy or shy, for example, they suddenly start feeling or acting in that way.  
When Connie pours her troubles out to him, Joe comes over all sensitive...      V P adj  
3       phrasal verb   If someone or what they are saying comes over in a particular way, they make that impression on people who meet them or are listening to them.   (=come across)  
You come over as a capable and amusing companion...      V P as n   come round  
    come around   come through  
1       phrasal verb   To come through a dangerous or difficult situation means to survive it and recover from it.  
no passive  
The city had faced racial crisis and come through it...      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If a feeling or message comes through, it is clearly shown in what is said or done.   (=come across)  
I hope my love for the material came through, because it is a great script...      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If something comes through, it arrives, especially after some procedure has been carried out.  
The news came through at about five o'clock on election day.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If you come through with what is expected or needed from you, you succeed in doing or providing it.  
He puts his administration at risk if he doesn't come through on these promises for reform...      V P on/with n  
We found that we were totally helpless, and our women came through for us.      V P for n   come to      phrasal verb   When someone who is unconscious comes to, they recover consciousness.   (=come around)  
When he came to and raised his head he saw Barney.      V P   come under  
1       phrasal verb   If you come under attack or pressure, for example, people attack you or put pressure on you.  
no passive  
His relationship with the KGB came under scrutiny.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If something comes under a particular authority, it is managed or controlled by that authority.  
no passive  
They were neglected before because they did not come under the Ministry of Defence.      V P n  
3       phrasal verb   If something comes under a particular heading, it is in the category mentioned.  
no passive  
There was more news about Britain, but it came under the heading of human interest.      V P n   come up  
1       phrasal verb   If someone comes up or comes upto you, they approach you until they are standing close to you.  
Her cat came up and rubbed itself against their legs...      V P  
He came up to me and said: `Come on, John.'      V P to n  
2       phrasal verb   If something comes up in a conversation or meeting, it is mentioned or discussed.   (=crop up)  
The subject came up at a news conference in Peking today...      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If something is coming up, it is about to happen or take place.  
We do have elections coming up.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If something comes up, it happens unexpectedly.  
I was delayed<endash>something came up at home...      V P  
5       phrasal verb   If a job comes up or if something comes upfor sale, it becomes available.  
A research fellowship came up at Girton and I applied for it and got it...      V P  
The house came up for sale and the couple realised they could just about afford it.      V P for n  
6       phrasal verb   When the sun or moon comes up, it rises.,   (Antonym: go down)    It will be so great watching the sun come up.      V P  
7       phrasal verb   In law, when a case comes up, it is heard in a court of law.  
He is one of the reservists who will plead not guilty when their cases come up.      V P   come up against      phrasal verb   If you come up against a problem or difficulty, you are faced with it and have to deal with it.  
We came up against a great deal of resistance in dealing with the case.      V P P n   come up for      phrasal verb   When someone or something comes upfor consideration or action of some kind, the time arrives when they have to be considered or dealt with.  
The TV rights contract came up for renegotiation in 1988...      V P P n   come upon  
1       phrasal verb   If you come upon someone or something, you meet them or find them by chance.   (=come across)  
I came upon an irresistible item at a yard sale.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If an attitude or feeling comes upon you, it begins to affect you.  
LITERARY   A sense of impending doom came upon all of us.      V P n   come up to      phrasal verb   To be coming up to a time or state means to be getting near to it.  
usu cont   (=approach)  
It's just coming up to ten minutes past eleven now.      V P P n   come up with  
1       phrasal verb   If you come up with a plan or idea, you think of it and suggest it.  
Several of the members have come up with suggestions of their own...      V P P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you come up with a sum of money, you manage to produce it when it is needed.  
If Warren can come up with the $15 million, we'll go to London.      V P P n  

come-on        ( come-ons    plural  ) A come-on is a gesture or remark which someone, especially a woman, makes in order to encourage another person to make sexual advances to them.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
He ignores come-ons from the many women who seem to find him attractive.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    advance, appear, approach, arrive, become, draw near, enter, happen, materialize, move, move towards, near, occur, originate, show up     (informal)   turn out, turn up     (informal)  
2    appear, arrive, attain, enter, materialize, reach, show up     (informal)   turn up     (informal)  
3    fall, happen, occur, take place  
4    arise, emanate, emerge, end up, flow, issue, originate, result, turn out  
5    extend, reach  
6    be available, be made, be offered, be on offer, be produced  

come about     
arise, befall, come to pass, happen, occur, result, take place, transpire     (informal)  
come across     
bump into     (informal)   chance upon, discover, encounter, find, happen upon, hit upon, light upon, meet, notice, stumble upon, unearth  
come along     
develop, improve, mend, perk up, pick up, progress, rally, recover, recuperate  
come apart     
break, come unstuck, crumble, disintegrate, fall to pieces, give way, separate, split, tear  
come at  
1    attain, discover, find, grasp, reach  
2    assail, assault, attack, charge, fall upon, fly at, go for, light into, rush, rush at  
come back     
reappear, recur, re-enter, return  
come between     
alienate, divide, estrange, interfere, meddle, part, separate, set at odds  
come by     
acquire, get, land, lay hold of, obtain, procure, score     (slang)   secure, take possession of, win  
come clean     
acknowledge, admit, come out of the closet, confess, cough up     (slang)   'fess up     (U.S.)   get (something) off one's chest     (informal)   make a clean breast of, own up, reveal, sing     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   spill one's guts     (slang)  
come down  
1    decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, fall, go downhill, go to pot     (informal)   reduce, worsen  
2    choose, decide, favour, recommend  
come down on     
bawl out     (informal)   blast, carpet     (informal)   chew out     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   criticize, dress down     (informal)   give (someone) a rocket     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   jump on     (informal)   lambast(e), put down, rap over the knuckles, read the riot act, rebuke, reprimand, tear into     (informal)   tear (someone) off a strip     (Brit. informal)  
come down to     
amount to, boil down to, end up as, result in  
come down with     
ail, be stricken with, catch, contract, fall ill, fall victim to, get, sicken, take, take sick  
come forward     
offer one's services, present or proffer oneself, volunteer  
come in     
appear, arrive, cross the threshold, enter, finish, reach, show up     (informal)  
come in for     
acquire, bear the brunt of, endure, get, receive, suffer  
come off     
go off, happen, occur, succeed, take place, transpire     (informal)  
come on  
1    advance, develop, improve, make headway, proceed, progress  
2    appear, begin, take place  
come out  
1    appear, be announced, be divulged, be issued, be published, be released, be reported, be revealed  
2    conclude, end, result, terminate  
come out with     
acknowledge, come clean, declare, disclose, divulge, lay open, own, own up, say  
come round  
1    accede, acquiesce, allow, concede, grant, mellow, relent, yield  
2    come to, rally, recover, regain consciousness, revive  
3    call, drop in, pop in, stop by, visit  
come through  
1    accomplish, achieve, make the grade     (informal)   prevail, succeed, triumph  
2    endure, survive, weather the storm, withstand  
come up     
arise, crop up, happen, occur, rise, spring up, turn up  
come up to     
admit of comparison with, approach, compare with, equal, match, measure up to, meet, resemble, rival, stand or bear comparison with  
come up with     
advance, create, discover, furnish, offer, present, produce, propose, provide, submit, suggest  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
brought into servitude; slave to someone
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
to bump into sth
change something into something better
Jesus can fanute water into wine.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
come on
Slang; written abbreviation, there`s no difference in pronunciation for "c`mon "and "come on".
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
to dress up as somebody or something, as a children's game
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
consider something seriously and start taking actions about it
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
to recycle somethiing and make it into something more upmarket
a necklace made of upcycled plastic bags
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
transform into something English, render similar to an English person or thing
a care order is an official instruction (made by a judge or magistrate) that a child should be taken into care
research into the integrity of the counterparty to a proposed contract and in the veracity of his claims
A lawyer is expected to do 'due diligence'. Would be culpable if he failed to do so. The bigger the contract, the more 'due diligence'.
fraudulent changing of data before or during entry into the computer system.
[Tech.];[Leg.] examples include: forging or counterfeiting documents used for data entry and exchanging valid disks and tapes with modified replacements.
the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
adding narrative to a topic ; transforming some facts into a story
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
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