Definition of Come on

1. Verb. Appear or become visible; make a showing. "I hope the list key is going to surface again"

Exact synonyms: Come Out, Show Up, Surface, Turn Up
Generic synonyms: Appear
Derivative terms: Surface

2. Verb. Move towards. "Sam and Sue come on"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
Exact synonyms: Approach, Come Near, Draw Close, Draw Near, Go Up, Near
Generic synonyms: Come, Come Up
Related verbs: Approach, Come Near
Specialized synonyms: Drive Up, Bear Down On, Bear Down Upon, Edge In, Edge Up, Close, Crowd, Push
Entails: Advance, Go On, March On, Move On, Pass On, Progress
Derivative terms: Approach, Approach, Approachable

3. Verb. Develop in a positive way. "Plans are shaping up"
Exact synonyms: Advance, Come Along, Get Along, Get On, Progress, Shape Up
Specialized synonyms: Climb, Leapfrog
Generic synonyms: Develop
Derivative terms: Advance, Advance, Progress
Antonyms: Regress

4. Verb. Start running, functioning, or operating. "The computer came up"
Exact synonyms: Come Up, Go On
Generic synonyms: Get Going, Go, Start
Antonyms: Go Off

5. Verb. Occur or become available. "Water or electricity came on again after the earthquake"

Definition of Come on

1. Noun. Something intended to attract, as in an advertisement. ¹

2. Noun. A statement or sometimes action reflecting sexual or relational interest. ¹

3. Verb. (&lit come on) ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic with ''to'') To show sexual or relational interest through words or sometimes actions ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To progress, to develop ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic colloquial UK) To get one's period, start menstruating. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To encounter, discover; to come upon. ¹

8. Verb. (sports of a substitute) To enter the playing field. ¹

9. Interjection. An expression of encouragement. ¹

10. Interjection. An expression of disbelief. ¹

11. Interjection. hurry up ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Come On

come home to roost
come in
come in for
come in from the cold
come in handy
come into
come into being
come into effect
come into force
come into its own
come near
come of
come of age
come off it
come on down
come on home
come on over
come online
come ons
come out
come out in
come out in the wash
come out of one's shell
come out of the woodwork
come out smelling like a rose
come out smelling of roses

Literary usage of Come on

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana (1897)
"He interested one of the Islanders, and prevailed upon him and three others to come on board with their chests and baggage, and sent a hasty summons to me ..."

2. The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1883)
"... no doubt, to have come on board and plundered the ship, and if they found us there, to have carried us away for slaves. When they came up to the ship, ..."

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