Definition of come to in English:

come to

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phrasal verb

  • 1come to somethingReach or be brought to a specified situation or result.

    ‘you will come to no harm’
    • ‘Grandparents on both sides can also be brought in to help the parents come to a shared care situation.’
    • ‘After evaluating ratings of articles by medical editors and narrowing the field, the staff must come to agreement on a single entry.’
    • ‘That resulted in the judge coming to a different conclusion.’
    • ‘As projects come to completion, all results must be published and there must be no publication without peer review.’
    • ‘The situation's coming to a head, and he doesn't have many more chances to stall the inevitable.’
    • ‘However in their earnestness to achieve optimum results some voluntary organisations tend to lose direction, often resulting in their efforts coming to a nought.’
    • ‘We may be coming to a situation where whole families, grandparents, parents and weans are all users.’
    • ‘Essex Police were this week looking into the situation before coming to a decision on whether to contest the merit of the temporary order or not.’
    • ‘With the battle for Spirit Group coming to a head, results from the main listed player in the pubs sector may become of more interest than usual.’
    • ‘The lead up to Churchill coming to power was the result of the failure of the Munich agreement.’
    • ‘When it comes to a situation where parents' individual interests contravene public interests, there is a need to weigh up all the interests involved.’
    • ‘If it comes to the situation when it's up to me to make the decision, then naturally this will be taken into consideration.’
    • ‘If it comes to a situation where we believe there are organisations that have declared war, then we have to provide defences as if there is a war.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the global conditions continue to push oil prices higher, the Chancellor's attempts to calm the situation may come to naught.’
    • ‘Did you think just two years ago that the situation would come to this?’
    reach, attain, arrive at, come to, make
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  • 2come to someone(of a thought or memory) enter someone's mind.

    ‘the basic idea came to me while reading an article’
    • ‘a passage from a novel came back to Adam’
    • ‘The memory of this came unbidden into my mind when I read recently in the papers that beaches for dogs are one of the latest crazes.’
    • ‘As the building grew larger and larger with our approach, the thought came unbidden to my mind.’
    • ‘A reflection came across her mind and the thought came like a slap in the face.’
    • ‘An idea was coming quickly to mind, causing his eyes to widen slightly in realization.’
    • ‘Here the Big Idea came first, and it's the product that's being invented after the fact.’
    • ‘So far, though, none of the progressive groups that come readily to mind seem interested.’
    • ‘She sinks into her bed, memories and questions coming forth in her mind.’
    • ‘I don't know what triggered this memory but it came and flooded my senses with remembrance.’
    • ‘Sentiment is not something that comes easily to mind when it could mean that silverware has to be sacrificed.’
    • ‘What comes immediately to mind is the Multiple Universe interpretation of quantum theory.’
    • ‘The image that comes most readily to mind is that of a kettle failing to boil because the lid's been left off.’
    • ‘I've been trying to think of a slang term for garbage overproducer, but not much comes immediately to mind.’
    • ‘It is the memory that comes even as we walk right now, here on this bend.’
    • ‘These are just the ones that come immediately to mind at 6 a.m. after no sleep, I might add.’
    • ‘I am sure there are others - the above list are just those that come readily to mind.’
    • ‘And the one which comes immediately to mind, is the current rigidity in the issuance of visas to would-be tourists.’
    • ‘The blush only doubled after his speech, imagines coming unbidden to her mind.’
    • ‘Avuncular is the word that comes most readily to mind.’
    • ‘Kafka's story The Hunger Artist, the tale of an artist whose medium is public fasting, comes most vividly to mind.’
    • ‘Yes, it came to me on a train going from Manchester to London in England and it came very suddenly.’
  • 3

    (also come to oneself)
    Recover consciousness.

    ‘I came to in a corner of the room’
    • ‘he was struggling to come to himself’
    regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come round, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, revive, awake, wake up
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  • 4come to somethingReach a particular point, especially a bad one.

    ‘I'm hoping it won't come to that’
    • ‘it should never have come to this’
    amount to, add up to, run to, number, make, total, equal, be equal to, be equivalent to
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  • 5come to something(of an expense) reach in total; amount to a specified figure.

    • ‘the bill came to £20,000’
    amount to, add up to, run to, number, make, total, equal, be equal to, be equivalent to
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  • 6(of a ship) come to a stop.

    • ‘there was a great volley of cracks from the loose sails, and the ship came to’