come up

come up
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "come up":
present tense I/you/we/they come up he/she/it comes up present participle coming up past tense came up past participle come up
1) to move towards someone, usually because you want to talk to them
come up to:

Strangers come up to him in the street and say how much they enjoy his books.

2) if something such as a job comes up, it becomes available

She's hoping a vacancy will come up at the local college.

3) if a problem comes up, it happens and needs to be dealt with immediately

I'm going to have to cancel our lunch – something's come up.

a) to be mentioned and need to be considered

A number of interesting points came up at today's meeting.

b) [always progressive] to be about to happen soon

We've got a busy period coming up in a couple of weeks.

4) to travel to a place that is further north or is larger or more important than the place you are leaving

My mother's coming up from England for the weekend.

5) if information about something comes up on something such as a computer screen, it appears there

Our flight hasn't come up yet.

6) if food that you have eaten comes up, your stomach forces it out through your mouth
7) to be tall, deep, or long enough to reach a particular higher point or level
come up to/as far as:

The grass in the garden came up to her knees.

8) if the sun, moon, or stars come up, they start to appear in the sky
9) if your ticket or name comes up in a lottery or similar game, it is chosen as a winner
10) if a plant comes up, it starts to appear above the ground
11) to be judged in a court of law

His case comes up next week.

12) come up in the world to become richer, more powerful, or more successful than before
13) coming (right) up used for saying that you will bring what someone has asked for very soon

English dictionary. 2014.

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