come


come
come
is one of several verbs (others include go and try) which can be followed by and instead of to (Come and see). It can also be followed by a participle in -ing (Will you come swimming tomorrow?). Occasionally, and usually for rhetorical effect, it is followed by an infinitive without to:

• We can sell this house, you can come live with us —Lee Smith, AmE 1983

• Come let us say a prayer together —Jane Gardam, BrE 1985.


Modern English usage. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • come — ► VERB (past came; past part. come) 1) move, travel, or reach towards or into a place thought of as near or familiar to the speaker. 2) arrive. 3) happen; take place. 4) occupy or achieve a specified position in space, order, or priority: she… …   English terms dictionary

  • come — [kum] vi. came, come, coming [ME comen < OE cuman, akin to Goth qiman, Ger kommen < IE base * gwem , *gwā , to go, come > L venire, to come, Gr bainein, to go] 1. to move from a place thought of as “there” to or into a place thought of… …   English World dictionary

  • Come On — may refer to: Come On (How I Met Your Mother), an episode of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother Come On (game), a video game for the Vii A sexual advance or flirtatious remark A catch phrase frequently used by the character Gob Bluth in the TV… …   Wikipedia

  • Come to Me — «Come to Me» Сингл Дидди при участии Николь Шерз …   Википедия

  • Come To Me — «Come to Me» Сингл Diddy при участии Nicole Scherzinger c альбома «Press Play» Выпущен …   Википедия

  • come on — {v.} 1. To begin; appear. * /Rain came on toward morning./ * /He felt a cold coming on./ 2. To grow or do well; thrive. * /The wheat was coming on./ * /His business came on splendidly./ 3. or[come upon]. To meet accidentally; encounter; find. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come on — {v.} 1. To begin; appear. * /Rain came on toward morning./ * /He felt a cold coming on./ 2. To grow or do well; thrive. * /The wheat was coming on./ * /His business came on splendidly./ 3. or[come upon]. To meet accidentally; encounter; find. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come — O.E. cuman come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, pp. cumen), from P.Gmc. *kwem (Cf. O.S. cuman, O.Fris. kuma, M.Du. comen, Du. komen, O.H.G. queman, Ger. kommen, O.N. koma,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • come of — 1. To be a descendant of 2. To be the consequence of, arise or result from 3. To become of • • • Main Entry: ↑come * * * ˈcome of [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they come of …   Useful english dictionary