Come Up

How to Conjugate Come Up

  • Infinitive: Come Up
  • Present Tense: Come Up/ Comes Up
  • -ing Form: Coming Up
  • Past Tense: Came Up
  • Past Participle: Come Up
Come Up is a non-separable phrasal verb and has 6 definitions.

Definitions of Come Up:

1. When something appears or happens, either expected or unexpected.

Examples: The sun comes up at 6 o’clock every morning.
I’m sorry I’m late, but something came up at the office right as I was getting ready to leave.

2. To be mentioned in a conversation.

Examples: You came up in bible study class this evening.
The topic of employee raises didn’t come up in the meeting.

3. To gain more money and/or success.
[Noun] {Come Up} Something that makes you more rich and successful.

Examples: Immigrants move to America to come up, and live the American Dream.
It’s hard to come up when you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck.
Steve’s new job is a come up compared to his last one.

4. To create or think of something new

Examples: We need everyone to come up with at least three ideas for the new project.
Mark Zuckerberg came up with Facebook in his college dorm room at Harvard.

5. When you go to speak to someone.

Examples: A stranger came up to me on the street to ask for directions.
I thought you’d never come up to talk to me.

6. To travel farther north, or to a higher level.

Examples: My father is coming up from Brazil this weekend.
You have to come up to the roof deck to see the sunrise.

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