come up

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to come to a place regarded as higher

  2. (of the sun) to rise

  1. to begin: a wind came up

  2. to be regurgitated or vomited

  3. to present itself or be discussed: that question will come up again

  4. British to begin a term, esp one's first term, at a college or university

  5. to appear from out of the ground: my beans have come up early this year

  6. informal to win: have your premium bonds ever come up?

  7. come up against to be faced with; come into conflict or competition with

  8. come up to to equal or meet a standard: that just doesn't come up to scratch

  9. come up with to produce or find: she always comes up with the right answer

Words Nearby come up

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How to use come up in a sentence

  • An old Indian woman, the same whose house they had hired in Saboba, had come up to live with Ramona.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • If he went to bed, and sent for a doctor, surely Allcraft would believe him; and in pity would come up and do the business.

  • And seeing this bunch is heading right toward us, we might as well take it easy here till they come up.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Upon the land of my people shall thorns and briers come up: how much more upon all the houses of joy, of the city that rejoiced?

  • Seems as if K. was beginning to come up against those political forces which have ever been a British Commander's bane.

Other Idioms and Phrases with come up

come up

Arise, present itself, as in This question never came up. [Mid-1800s]

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