Meaning of come across in English:

come across

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phrasal verb

  • 1come across someone or somethingMeet or find someone or something by chance.

    ‘I came across these old photos recently’
    • ‘during one of his trips he came across an old friend’
    • ‘Even though the book is a popular one, chances of school children coming across it are minimal.’
    • ‘Sometimes acquaintances tip him off about such books and at other times he comes across them by chance.’
    • ‘They are deep below the ground and, unless you knew where to find them you'd probably never come across them by chance as the entrance is just a small door on the side of the road.’
    • ‘I have ‘met’ or come across people who care about where they live, are moved by what goes on near and far.’
    • ‘Just in case I never come across it by chance, I sowed some seed last spring, since it is a garden plant.’
    • ‘In your practice till now have you ever come across with so many controversies like the ones you have come across in Bulgaria?’
    • ‘He was probably the only of the teens she had come across with a typically pleasant demeanor, and she tended to find it rather refreshing.’
    • ‘Most places we visited did provide high-chairs, though, and coming across a grumpy, unhelpful Kiwi is more of a rarity than spotting an example of the national bird species of the same name.’
    • ‘Thankfully, I came across a web site which provided some insight and presented a different solution to my dilemma.’
    • ‘While he was tidying up his desk one day, he came across a promotional leaflet about a broadband connection provider.’
    reach, arrive at, meet, get to, get up to, get as far as, make, make it to, set foot on, gain, attain
    find by chance, meet by chance, meet up with, run into, run across, come upon, chance on, stumble on, happen on, light on, hit on
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  • 2(of a person) appear or sound in a specified way; give a specified impression.

    • ‘he'd always come across as a decent guy’
    seem, appear, look, sound, give the impression of being, have the air of being, have the appearance of being, strike someone as, look as though one is, look to be
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    1. 2.1(of a quality) become apparent or noticeable through actions or performance.
      • ‘the material on the album might come across better live’
      be communicated, be perceived, penetrate, get through, get across, be got across, be clear, be understood, be comprehended, register, be taken in, sink in, be grasped, strike home
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  • 3 informal Hand over or provide what is wanted.

    • ‘she has come across with some details’
    • ‘So if they thought she'd come across with some blockbuster testimony, they'd put her up there.’
    • ‘Whether we come across with little or much, the mere gesture can be a spiritually lightening experience.’
    hand over, give, deliver, produce, part with, pay up
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    1. 3.1Agree to have sex with someone.
      ‘she wouldn't come across for him’
      • ‘I had a date at eight with Holly, but she wasn't ready to come across yet.’