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’
    ‘it was coming on to rain’
    • ‘The condition, which came on gradually from the age of ten, also affects Victoria's speech.’
    • ‘The condition affects both eyes and comes on very gradually, with little or no symptoms initially.’
    • ‘It was a condition that had been coming on for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It probably is coming on, before the summer arrives.’
    • ‘But even under those conditions, and the blindness that came on, he continued his scientific work.’
    • ‘Medically, the condition is described as a facial paralysis that comes on suddenly and has no obvious cause (such as an injury).’
  • 2in 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!’
    • ‘‘Well, come on,’ encouraged Matt, smiling suspiciously as if he knew something the others didn't.’
    • ‘Police encouraging her to come on, keep running, keep running to them.’
    • ‘‘Oh come on; be a man,’ she encouraged mockingly, heading for the door.’
    • ‘But, come on, the snapping mandibles bit's just wrong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's why I like you, you will always tell me to come on and hurry up with a review!’
    • ‘I mean it is not wrong to be calm in a bad situation but come on, show some emotion.’
    • ‘Come on, if any situation was a condition red, this is it.’
    • ‘We better hurry before the tide comes in, come on love.’
    • ‘‘Oh, come on now, time to get up,’ Genevieve encouraged, clapping her hands together.’
    1. 2.1 Said or shouted to express support, for example for a sports team.
      • ‘You put your pint on your head and shout come on!’
  • 3Meet or find by chance.