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English verb: come up

1. come up (creation) bring forth, usually something desirable

SamplesThe committee came up with some interesting recommendations.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring forth, generate

2. come up (change) result or issue

SamplesA slight unpleasantness arose from this discussion.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Narrower (hyponym)come up, condense, open, open up

3. come up (motion) move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

SamplesHe came singing down the road.
Come with me to the Casbah.
Come down here!.
Come out of the closet!.
Come into the room.

ExamplesThe children come up to the playground


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

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)accost, address, approach, approach, come near, come near, come on, come up to, draw close, draw near, emanate, go up, near

Antonymsdepart, go away, go

4. come up (motion) come to the surface

Synonymsrise, rise up, surface

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

Broader (hypernym)ascend, go up

Narrower (hyponym)bubble up, emerge, intumesce, resurface, swell, well

5. come up (stative) originate or come into being

SamplesA question arose.

Synonymsarise, bob up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)become

6. come up (motion) move upward

SamplesThe fog lifted.
The smoke arose from the forest fire.
The mist uprose from the meadows.

Synonymsarise, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise

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

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)ascend, bubble, chandelle, climb, climb up, come up, go up, go up, mount, rise, rocket, scend, skyrocket, soar, soar up, soar upwards, steam, surge, surge, uplift, uprise, zoom

Antonymscome down, descend, go down, fall

7. come up (stative) be mentioned

SamplesThese names came up in the discussion.

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

Broader (hypernym)arise, come up

8. come up (contact) start running, functioning, or operating

SamplesThe lights went on.
The computer came up.

Synonymscome on, go on

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)get going, go, start

Antonymsgo off

9. come up (possession) get something or somebody for a specific purpose

SamplesI found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener.
I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing.
The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter.

Synonymsfind, get hold, line up

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

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

10. come up (motion) come up, of celestial bodies

SamplesThe sun also rises.
The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled....
Jupiter ascends.

ExamplesThe moon will soon come up

Synonymsascend, rise, uprise

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology

Antonymsgo under, go down, set

11. come up (contact) gather (money or other resources) together over time

SamplesShe had scraped together enough money for college.
They scratched a meager living.

Synonymsscrape, scrape up, scratch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up

Narrower (hyponym)nickel-and-dime

12. come up (contact) gather or bring together

SamplesMuster the courage to do something.
She rallied her intellect.
Summon all your courage.

Synonymsmuster, muster up, rally, summon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)collect, garner, gather, pull together

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