Definition of come on in English:

come on

1(Of a state or condition) start to arrive or happen: she felt a mild case of the sniffles coming on [with infinitive]: it was coming on to rain
More example sentences
  • The condition, which came on gradually from the age of ten, also affects Victoria's speech.
  • The condition, which came on gradually from when she was 10, also affects her speech.
  • It was a condition that had been coming on for years.
2 (also come upon) Meet or find by chance: I came on a station that was playing upbeat songs
More example sentences
  • It might be that you know from the literature that there are specific employers or companies attending that you want to meet with, or you might just come upon them by chance as you wander around.
  • So the courtiers arranged for the emperor to take a walk in his park, where he ‘chanced’ to come upon a ‘wandering’ giraffe.
  • By chance they come upon her in her hide-out.
3 [in imperative] Said when encouraging someone to do something or to hurry up or when one feels that someone is wrong or foolish: Come on! We must hurry!
More example sentences
  • Police encouraging her to come on, keep running, keep running to them.
  • ‘Well, come on,’ encouraged Matt, smiling suspiciously as if he knew something the others didn't.
  • That's why I like you, you will always tell me to come on and hurry up with a review!
See parent entry: come

More definitions of come on

Definition of come on in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day semblance
Pronunciation: ˈsɛmbləns
the outward appearance or apparent form of something…