Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COME

Say, you come out with me some night jest in your workin' clothes.

He's getting old, and he's come along into his second childhood.

Beyond it, I saw you standing with outstretched arms, as if you sought to come to me, but could not.

How's it come you didn't have a Western Union frank this year?

I certainly did need you to come along right now and set me straight.

Then go down and leave it where you found it, and I will let you come up.

Come, before he comes to gibe us for having heeded a moment.

Boy, they be not due to you till you be come to years of discretion.

Then for the summer we'll go to Newport, and when we come back from there we'll take a house.

An employee who had come down with them started to be their guide.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.

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