Definition of come on in English:

come on

phrasal verb

  • 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’
    • ‘Medically, the condition is described as a facial paralysis that comes on suddenly and has no obvious cause (such as an injury).’
    • ‘The condition, which came on gradually from the age of ten, also affects Victoria's speech.’
    • ‘It was a condition that had been coming on for years.’
    • ‘The condition affects both eyes and comes on very gradually, with little or no symptoms initially.’
    • ‘The condition, which came on gradually from when she was 10, also affects her speech.’
    • ‘If your condition comes on every time you stroke the cat, find it a new home or stop patting the feline.’
    • ‘But even under those conditions, and the blindness that came on, he continued his scientific work.’
    • ‘It probably is coming on, before the summer arrives.’
  • 2Meet or find by chance.

    ‘I came on a station that was playing upbeat songs’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I came upon your website by chance and am quite impressed by the content and quality of your coverage.’
    • ‘Police, calling at a house to trace a former occupant, by chance came upon a case of extreme hardship.’
    • ‘He came upon the channel by chance when he noticed that there was a call-in taking place.’
    • ‘There's also a chance of coming upon a riotous migration party - bands of warblers passing through.’
    • ‘By chance they come upon her in her hide-out.’
    • ‘I do need to know what things look like in the rare chance that I ever come upon them.’
    • ‘The building itself was largely destroyed, but by chance I had come upon the entry way into the subway line on my first tour through the city.’
    • ‘So the courtiers arranged for the emperor to take a walk in his park, where he ‘chanced’ to come upon a ‘wandering’ giraffe.’
    • ‘Does it not mean making preparation to meet the things that come upon us?’
  • 3in 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!’
    • ‘We better hurry before the tide comes in, come on love.’
    • ‘Police encouraging her to come on, keep running, keep running to them.’
    • ‘So far the response has been very encouraging so come on all you lads who might have been thinking of turning up; there's still plenty of time.’
    • ‘‘Oh, come on now, time to get up,’ Genevieve encouraged, clapping her hands together.’
    • ‘Come on, if any situation was a condition red, this is it.’
    • ‘I mean it is not wrong to be calm in a bad situation but come on, show some emotion.’
    • ‘‘Oh come on; be a man,’ she encouraged mockingly, heading for the door.’
    • ‘But, come on, the snapping mandibles bit's just wrong.’
    • ‘‘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!’