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English verb: come across

1. come across (possession) find unexpectedly

SamplesThe archeologists chanced upon an old tomb.
She struck a goldmine.
The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake.

Synonymsattain, chance on, chance upon, come upon, discover, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)find, regain

2. come across (perception) be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression

ExamplesJohn will come across angry

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

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

3. come across (motion) come together

SamplesI'll probably see you at the meeting.
How nice to see you again!.

Synonymsencounter, meet, run across, run into, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)cross, intersect

Verb groupassemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

4. come across (communication) communicate the intended meaning or impression

SamplesHe came across very clearly.

Synonymscome over

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

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

5. come across (cognition) be received or understood


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

Narrower (hyponym)strike a chord


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