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coming forward

[ kuhm ]SEE DEFINITION OF coming forward

Synonyms for coming forward

  • appear
  • make proposal
  • offer services
  • present oneself
  • proffer oneself
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Crane faced about, and coming forward, held out his hand to the man of distrust.

Our two passengers, Colonel Culver and Mr. Smith, are coming forward.

He saved her the trouble of identifying him by coming forward.

I have to confess I was always rather backward at coming forward.

"Patrona mia, you should have seen this paladin," he continued, coming forward.

"You've upset Miss Harris," said the other lady, coming forward.

"I beg your pardon, sir," answered the barmaid, coming forward.

The period of reserve was over; he was coming forward in his own way.

Miss Haldin, coming forward, put this question to me in English.

"Ay, Captain," replied the young man rising and coming forward.


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.