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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, Goth. qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (Cf. Skt. gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lith. gemu "to be born," Gk. bainein "to go, walk, step," L. 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 hand, which jammed them together. Cf. also SOME (Cf. some), MONK (Cf. monk), TONGUE (Cf. tongue), WORM (Cf. worm).
Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from O.N. kvam, replacing O.E. 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 (Cf. cum).

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  • 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

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  • 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 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


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