Definition of come around in US English:

come around

(British come round)

phrasal verb

  • 1Recover consciousness.

    ‘I'd just come around from a drunken stupor’
    • ‘On coming round, she called for a priest.’
    • ‘Hope your friend comes around all right.’
    • ‘Just as the coffin was being lowered into the grave he came round and his cries for help were heard.’
    • ‘But as soon as I came around I couldn't resist a peek at my boobs.’
    • ‘After I came round from the op I wanted to cry but thought if I started I would never stop.’
    • ‘When Michael came round it fell to Diana to tell him about his friend Matthew's death.’
    • ‘John Rusius, for Yasin, said the officer slapped the defendant across the face more than once and when he came round, he wondered what was going on.’
    regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come to, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, revive, awake, wake up
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  • 2Be converted to another person's opinion.

    ‘I came around to her point of view’
    • ‘Public opinion too had come round in favour of continuing broadcasting as a monopoly in the custody of the BBC, and there was no opposition to its transformation into a corporation at the end of the following year.’
    • ‘There's considerable evidence that the public are coming round to our way of thinking on a wide range of issues.’
    • ‘The differences between the two sports far outweigh the resemblances - an opinion I came round to about a year ago when I first entered a squash hall.’
    • ‘The more he puts his case as superbly as he did last Tuesday, the more public opinion will come round as well.’
    • ‘I am coming round more and more to questioning whether we need a set, when we should be getting back to examining what the text really is and how we can present it to a modern audience.’
    • ‘Public opinion is rapidly coming round to the idea that it was seriously misled.’
    • ‘However, by the 1960s I had several colleagues who were great fans, and public opinion gradually came round to the view that he had been foolish rather than wicked.’
    • ‘When he announced his intention, towards the end of his days at Oxford, to become a rabbi, his mother accused him of doing it to spite them, although she came round quickly.’
    • ‘I have a feeling though that, Scotsmen aside, at long last public opinion may have finally come round to my point of view, which is why I venture to raise the issue once again.’
    • ‘I thought at the time that the cartoon was the usual poisonous attempt to shift blame, but I'm coming round to the opinion that there was some merit in the cartoon after all.’
    be converted, be converted to, be won over, be won over by, agree, agree with, change one's mind, be persuaded, be persuaded by, give way, give way to, yield, yield to, relent, concede, grant
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  • 3(of a date or regular occurrence) recur; be imminent again.

    ‘Friday had come around so quickly’
    • ‘Friday has come round quite quickly and I'm excited at the thought of being reunited with my family.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We've got the June elections coming round so we are putting a big amount of national effort into that.’’
    • ‘He said that matron provided training for new members of staff until the regular annual training came round.’
    • ‘He believes his side will benefit from a week's rest and may yet prevail if they still have a chance by the time the last round of matches comes round.’
    • ‘Rehearsals went by smoothly and lunch came round pretty quickly.’
    • ‘The worrying thing about getting older is that it all seems to come round again so much more quickly.’
    occur, take place, happen, come up, crop up, arise
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