Synonyms for comes across


Antonyms for comes across

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


One comes across her in every corner with that little scamp, Vincent.

She must be sure of making her fortune out of anybody she comes across.

If one comes across disagreeable people one has to bear with it.

I suppose you know he makes love to every woman he comes across?

And when one comes across a good officer, how he is appreciated!

Oh, what crass ignorance one comes across in this benighted land.

What more can you want than to touch the emotions of every one who comes across your path?

He shies at every thing he comes across, with the utmost impartiality.

But we are digressing, again, as who does not when the image of Shakespeare comes across him?

While on leave March comes across her at a fashionable ball in London.


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.