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COME ACROSS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does come across mean? 

COME ACROSS (verb)
  The verb COME ACROSS has 5 senses:

1. find unexpectedly
2. be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression
3. come together
4. communicate the intended meaning or impression
5. be received or understood

  Familiarity information: COME ACROSS used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COME ACROSS (verb)


Sense 1come across [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find unexpectedly

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

chance on; chance upon; come across; come upon; light upon; fall upon; happen upon; attain; discover; strike

Context examples:

the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb / she struck a goldmine / The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Hypernyms (to "come across" is one way to...):

find; regain (come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2come across [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Hypernyms (to "come across" is one way to...):

appear; look; seem (give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

John will come across angry


Sense 3come across [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come together

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

run across; meet; encounter; come across; run into; see

Context examples:

I'll probably see you at the meeting / How nice to see you again!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "come across"):

cross; intersect (meet at a point)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4come across [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Communicate the intended meaning or impression

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

come over; come across

Context example:

He came across very clearly

Hypernyms (to "come across" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 5come across [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be received or understood

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

resonate; come across

Cause:

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "come across"):

strike a chord (create an emotional response)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s Adjective


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