1 : to move near to someone or something : to approach someone or something
▪ He came (right) up (to me) and introduced himself.
2 a : to be mentioned or thought of
▪ That issue never came up. [=arose] ▪ A question has come up about the budget. ▪ I was surprised when his name came up as a possible candidate for the job.
b : to occur in usually a sudden or unexpected way
▪ She seems to be ready to deal with any problem that may come up. [=arise] ▪ Something has come up and I won’t be able to attend the meeting. ▪ We need to be ready to take action if an opportunity comes up.
3 of the sun or moon : to become visible in the sky : to rise
▪ She was already awake when the sun came up.
4 of a plant : to first appear above the ground
▪ in the spring, when the daffodils and tulips are coming up
5 : to finish in a specified condition or state
▪ I flipped the coin and it came up heads/tails. ▪ The shot came up short. [=the shot did not go far enough]
6 : to move up in rank or status
▪ an officer who came up from/through the ranks [=who started as an ordinary soldier and rose to become an officer]
7 ◊Something that is coming up will happen soon or will appear soon.
▪ With the election coming up, both candidates are spending all their time on the campaign trail. ▪ Our interview with the mayor is coming (right) up after this commercial. ▪ “I’d like a turkey sandwich and a glass of lemonade, please.” “Coming right up!” [=the sandwich and lemonade will be served to you very quickly]
▪ The proposal has come up against some opposition. [=there is some opposition to the proposal]
▪ The police searched the area for clues but came up empty. [=they did not find any clues]
1 come upon (someone or something) : to meet or find (someone or something) by chance
▪ As they turned the corner, they came upon an unexpected scene. ▪ While researching the town’s history, she came upon some surprising new information about its first mayor.
2 come upon (someone) of a feeling : to affect (someone) suddenly
▪ An urge to travel suddenly came upon him. [=he suddenly felt an urge to travel]
▪ The movie didn’t come up to our expectations. [=was not as good as we expected it to be]
▪ We finally came up with a solution (to our problem). ▪ He came up with an interesting new method of improving the factory’s efficiency. ▪ He’ll be in a lot of trouble if he doesn’t come up with the money he owes.
▪ He promised to support her, come what may.
easy come, easy go