1. To regain consciousness. After Lily fainted, we used smelling salts to get her to come to.The patient wasn't sure where he was when he came to in the emergency room.2. To be called to one's mind. Give me a minute, that song will come to me.Why do the best ideas always come to me in the shower when I can't write them down?3. To reach a conclusion of some kind, such as a decision. How did you come to this decision? Tell me your thought process.4. To arrive at or visit a particular place. I came to this city because it's home to such beautiful architecture.I'll come to your house tonight and drop off your cake pan.5. To reach a particular sum, as of a bill. Your total comes to $47.80.6. To have a particular impact, result, or consequence. I hope my lies don't come to any consequence.That meeting nearly came to blows after the fiery testimony.7. To be revealed or exposed. This meaning is often conveyed through the phrase "come to light." Discrepancies in the yearly budget report only came to light after the auditors began analyzing it.These incriminating documents came to light because of a whistleblower's tireless efforts.8. To resume acting or feeling as one normally does. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used after "to." I was starting to get disoriented after being awake for 36 hours straight, but I came to myself after a good night's rest.9. To anchor a ship. We'll come to in this port for now and regroup.10. To position a ship with its bow in the wind. The ship needs to come to so that we can visit the port.See also: come
come to something
to end up being helpful or significant. (See also amount to something; when it comes to something.) Do you think this work will come to anything?I don't think this will come to what we were promised.See also: come
to become conscious; to wake up. We threw a little cold water in his face, and he came to immediately.See also: come
come to oneself
to begin acting and thinking like one's normal self. I began to come to myself and realize the wrong I had done.Please come to yourself and stop acting so strangely.See also: come
1. Recover consciousness, as in She fainted but quickly came to. [Second half of 1500s] 2. Arrive at, learn, as in I came to see that Tom had been right all along. [c. 1700] 3. See amount to, def. 2. 4. See when it comes to. 5. Stop a sailboat or other vessel by bringing the bow into the wind or dropping anchor, as in "The gale having gone over, we came to" (Richard Dana, Two Years Before the Mast, 1840). [Early 1700s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with come to. See also: come
v. 1. To arrive at a place: We came to this city looking for a new life. 2. To come to the mind of someone; occur to someone: An interesting idea just came to me. 3. To have some sum as a total: The bill for dinner came to $40. 4. To arrive at some final state; amount to something: What will these strange events come to? So far, my miserable life has come to nothing. 5. To recover consciousness: The fainting victim came to. 6. Nautical To bring the bow into the wind: We should stop right here, so come to and we'll let the sails luff. 7. Nautical To anchor: We came to in the cove and spent the night there.
See also: come
light/hand To be clearly revealed or disclosed: "A further problem ... came to light last summer as a result of post-flight inspections"(John Noble Wilford).See also: comeSee also:
v. 1. informal To become alert or attentive; wake up and look alive; become active. When Mr. Simmons mentioned money, the boys came alive.Bob pushed the starter button, and the engine came alive with a roar. 2. To look real; take on a bright, natural look. Under skillful lighting, the scene came alive.The President came alive in the picture as the artist worked.
involves, includes When it comes to dessert, I like raisin pie.
come to a bad end
Idiom(s): come to a bad end
to have a disaster, perhaps one that is deserved or expected; to die an unfortunate death. • My old car came to a bad end. Its engine burned up. • The evil merchant came to a bad end.
come to a dead end
Idiom(s): come to a dead end
to come to an absolute stopping point. • The building project came to a dead end. • The street came to a dead end. • We were driving along and came to a dead end.
come to a dead end|come|dead end
v. phr. To reach a point from which one cannot proceed further, either because of a physical obstacle or because of some forbidding circumstance. Our car came to a dead end; the only way to get out was to drive back in reverse.The factory expansion project came to a dead end because of a lack of funds.
come to a halt
come to a halt Also, come to a standstill. Stop, either permanently or temporarily. For example, The sergeant ordered the men to come to a halt, or With the strike, construction came to a standstill. Both terms employ come to in the sense of “arrive at” or “reach,” a usage dating from the 10th century. Also see come to, def. 2.
come to a head
come to a climax, result in a fight Things will come to a head when the family discusses the will.
come to a pretty pass
Idiom(s): come to a pretty pass
to develop into a bad, unfortunate, or difficult situation. • Things have come to a pretty pass when people have to beg in the streets. • When parents are afraid of their children, things have come to a pretty pass.
come to a standstill
Idiom(s): come to a standstill
to stop, temporarily or permanently. • The building project came to a standstill because the workers went on strike. • The party came to a standstill until the lights were turned on again.
come to an end
end；terminate结束；终止 The meeting didn't come to an end until midnight．会议直到午夜才结束。
come to an untimely end
Idiom(s): come to an untimely end
to come to an early death. • Poor Mr. Jones came to an untimely end in a car accident. • Cancer caused Mrs. Smith to come to an untimely end.
Come to bear
If something comes to bear on you, you start to feel the pressure or effect of it.
come to blows
come to blows Begin to fight. For example, It hardly seems worth coming to blows over a dollar! Thomas Hobbes had it in Leviathan (1651): “Their controversie must either come to blowes, or be undecided.” This term is also put as fall to blows, especially in Britain. [Late 1500s]
come to blows over
Idiom(s): come to blows (over sth)
to fight about something, usually by striking blows, or verbally. • They got excited about the accident, but they never actually came to blows over it. • Yes, they aren't the kind of people who come to blows.
come to blows|blow|blows|come
v. phr. To begin to fight. The two quarreling boys came to blows after school.The two countries came to blows because one wanted to be independent from the other.
Come to call
If someone comes to call, they respond to an order or summons directly.
come to grief
Idiom(s): come to grief
to fail; to have trouble or grief. • The artist wept when her canvas came to grief. • The wedding party came to grief when the bride passed out.
come to grief|come|grief
v. phr. To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail. Bill came to grief learning to drive a car.Nick's hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down.The fishing boat came to grief off Cape Cod.
Come to grips
If you come to grips with a problem or issue, you face up to it and deal with it.
come to grips with
accept the truth, face facts I am finally coming to grips with my divorce. I'm accepting it.
come to grips with|come|grips
v. phr. 1. To get hold of (another wrestler) in close fighting. After circling around for a minute, the two wrestlers came to grips with each other. 2. To struggle seriously with (an idea or problem). Mr. Blake's leaching helps students come to grips with the important ideas in the history lesson.Harry cannot be a leader, because he never quite comes to grips with a problem. Compare: COME TO TERMS2.
come to hand|come|hand
v. phr. To be received or obtained. Father's letter was mailed from Florida last week and came to hand today.The new books came to hand today.New information about the boy's disappearance came to hand yesterday.
Come to heel
If someone comes to heel, they stop behaving in a way that is annoying to someone in authority and start being obedient.
come to life
Idiom(s): come to life
to become alive or lively. (Usually used in a figurative sense.) • The party came to life about midnight. • As the anesthetic wore off, the patient came to life.
come to light
Idiom(s): come to light
to become known. • Some interesting facts about your past have just come to light. • If too many bad things come to light, you may lose your job.
come to light|come|light
v. phr. To be discovered; become known; appear. John's thefts from the bank where he worked came to light when the bank examiners made an inspection.When the old woman died it came to light that she was actually rich.New facts about ancient Egypt have recently come to light. Compare: BRING TO LIGHT.
come to mind
Idiom(s): come to mind
[for a thought or idea] to enter into one's consciousness. • Do I know a good barber? No one comes to mind right now. • Another idea comes to mind. Why not cut your own hair?
come to mind|come|mind
v. phr. To occur to someone. A new idea for the advertising campaign came to mind as I was reading your book.
come to naught
Idiom(s): come to nothing AND come to naught
to amount to nothing; to be worthless. • So all my hard work comes to nothing. • Yes, the whole project comes to naught.
come to naught|come|naught
v. phr. To end in failure; fail; be in vain. The dog's attempts to climb the tree after the cat came to nothing.
to amount to nothing; to be worthless. • So all my hard work comes to nothing. • Yes, the whole project comes to naught.
come to one's senses
Idiom(s): come to one's senses
to wake up; to become conscious; to start thinking clearly. • John, come to your senses. You're being quite stupid. • In the morning I don't come to my senses until I have had two cups of coffee.
come to one's senses|come|sense|senses
v. phr. 1. Become conscious again; wake up. The boxer was knocked out and did not come to his senses for several minutes.The doctors gave Tom an anesthetic before his operation; then the doctor took out Tom's appendix before he came to his senses. Compare: COME TO1. 2. To think clearly; behave as usual or as you should; act sensibly. A boy threw a snowball at me and before I could come to my senses he ran away.Don't act so foolishly. Come to your senses! Antonym: OUT OF ONE'S HEAD.
come to pass
happen；become real发生；实现 I don't know if his promise will come to pass．我不知道他的许诺能否兑现。
come to pass|come|pass
v. phr., literary To happen; occur. Strange things come to pass in troubled times.It came to pass that the jailer visited him by night.His hopes of success did not come to pass. Compare: BRING TO PASS, COME ABOUT.
come to rest
Idiom(s): come to rest
to stop moving. • When the car comes to rest, you can get in. • The leaf fell and came to rest at my feet.
come to terms
agree, sign an agreement, settle it We hope they can come to terms before the court date.
come to terms with
accept that it is true, face facts She helped the boy come to terms with the death of his father.
come to terms|come|terms
v. phr. To reach an agreement. Management and the labor union came to terms about a new arrangement and a strike was prevented.
to become prominent; to become important. • The question of salary has now come to the fore. • Since his great showing in court, my lawyer has really come to the fore in city politics.
come to the point
say what is important, get to the point When you make a speech, come to the point quickly.
come to the point|come|get|get to the point|point|
v. phr. To talk about the important thing; reach the important facts of the matter; reach the central question or fact. Henry was giving a lot of history and explanation, but his father asked him to come to the point.A good newspaper story must come right to the point and save the details for later. Antonym: BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH.
come to the same thing
Idiom(s): amount to the same thing AND come to the same thing
to be the same as something. • Borrowing can be the same as stealing. If the owner does not know what you have borrowed, it amounts to the same thing. • Beer, wine. They come to the same thing if you drink and drive.
come to think of it
now that I remember it, a thought has just come Come to think of it, I was the one who suggested marriage.
come to think of it|come|think
v. phr., informal As I think again; indeed; really. Come to think of it, he has already been given what he needs.Come to think of it, I should write my daughter today.
v. (stress on "to") 1. To wake up after losing consciousness; get the use of your senses back again after fainting or being knocked out. She fainted in the store and found herself in the first aid room when she came to.The boxer who was knocked out did not come to for five minutes.The doctor gave her a pill and after she took it she didn't come to for two days. Compare: BRING TO. 2. (stress on "come") To get enough familiarity or understanding to; learn to; grow to. Used with an infinitive. John was selfish at first, but he came to realize that other people counted, too.During her years at the school, Mary came to know that road well. 3. To result in or change to; reach the point of; arrive at. Mr. Smith lived to see his invention come to success.Grandfather doesn't like the way young people act today; he says, "I don't know what the world is coming to." 4. To have something to do with; be in the field of; be about. Usually used in the phrase "when it comes to". Joe is not good in sports, but when it comes to arithmetic he's the best in the class.The school has very good teachers, but when it comes to buildings, the school is poor.
cross that bridge when I come to it
make that decision when it is necessary, do not jump the gun If interest rates begin to drop, I can buy bonds, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Cross that bridge when you come to it
If you will cross that bridge when you come to it, you will deal with a problem when it arises, but not until that point