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English verb: come on

1. come on (change) appear or become visible; make a showing


SamplesShe turned up at the funeral.
I hope the list key is going to surface again.


Synonymscome out, show up, surface, turn up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)appear

2. come on (motion) move towards


SamplesWe were approaching our destination.
They are drawing near.
The enemy army came nearer and nearer.


Synonymsapproach, come near, draw close, draw near, go up, near


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)come, come up


Narrower (hyponym)bear down on, bear down upon, close, crowd, drive up, edge in, edge up, push


Entailadvance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress


Verb groupapproach, come near

3. come on (change) develop in a positive way


SamplesHe progressed well in school.
My plants are coming along.
Plans are shaping up.


Synonymsadvance, come along, get along, get on, progress, shape up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)develop


Narrower (hyponym)climb, leapfrog


Antonymsretrogress, regress, retrograde

4. come on (contact) start running, functioning, or operating


SamplesThe lights went on.
The computer came up.


Synonymscome up, go on


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)get going, go, start


Antonymsgo off

5. come on (change) occur or become available


SamplesWater or electricity came on again after the earthquake.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out









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