Synonyms for come upon

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In the meantime yet worse trouble had come upon the poor Frankses.

The boy's hand had come upon a latch; he lifted it, and pushed.

I only wish you had come upon me in a more prepossessing condition as to coolness.'

And this awful trouble has come upon him just because he was kind to another artist.

Perhaps we may come upon it accidentally in the course of the play.

A terrible presentiment has always warned me of any troubles about to come upon me.

And I might come upon certain books of which I am greatly in want.

He seemed to have come upon something which had attracted him.

Why had this come upon her, this cruel, numbing disgrace and sorrow?

There is no reason why evil should come upon the Casa del Mare.


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.


came on

verbappear, enter
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