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13 Common Phrasal Verbs with “Come” – Meanings and Example Sentences (Audio)

Come up

to be mentioned or discussed; to arrive; to be ready soon; to approach someone; to stand next to someone

Our issue came up in the meeting last week.

“Is dinner ready?” “Coming up!”

He came up to me and kissed me on the cheek.

Come up with

to find a new idea; to produce something

Finally, we came up with the solution that each of us will pay half of the monthly bills.

I’ve come up with an idea for Mom’s birthday present.

How could you come up with such a large amount of money?

Come across (to come upon)

to find someone/something by chance

I came across a book that I was looking for.

He came across a recruitment ad when he was reading the newspaper this afternoon.

They came across many challenges before winning the final competition.

Come round/around

to happen again; to become conscious again

Time flies. Christmas will soon come round.

I’ve been waiting for him to come round.

My grandpa has finally come round after three years in a coma.

Come about

to happen

How did the coincidence come about?

My confused feelings for him have come about since he texted another girl.

Our break-up came about in a way that I could never imagine.

Come along

to go somewhere with someone; to make progress

Just go ahead. I’ll come along.

Your writing skills have come along so far.

Although he joined the class quite late, he came along very well.

Come out

to appear; to reveal the truth

The sun comes out after a dark night.

He has decided to come out to his parents.

Don’t worry about the scandal. The truth will come out soon.

Come back

to go back to a place; to happen again

My puppy has finally come back after three days.

All of my old memories came back after I watched this short video.

The next day, he came back to me and said “sorry.”

Come over

to visit someone’s house for a short time, (emotions) to affect someone strongly

Would you like to come over for lunch?

Whenever I see that baby-pink dress, the feelings of missing my daughter just come over me.

Sorry, I’ve got to go. My parents just came over from England.

Come through

to overcome a difficult or dangerous situation and become better; to arrive by telephone or radio or after some official procedure

The city has come through after the terrible earthquake.

The message has finally come through.

After the two-hour discussion, the contest results came through.

Come apart

to be separated into pieces

Our new dryer has come apart. I’ll return it to the store.

Jack’s car came apart in the car crash.

Don’t sit on that chair. It will soon come apart.

Come before

to take higher priority than others; to be brought to a discussion or for consideration

Wendy is such a selfish girl. Her needs always come before anything else.

That case will come before the court soon.

My dad is such a great man. His family has always come before his career.

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