Definition of come under in US English:

come under

phrasal verb

  • 1Be classified as or among.

    ‘they all come under the general heading of opinion polls’
    • ‘One of those ravages comes under the general heading of ‘tumours’.’
    • ‘Judging by the blurb it comes under the general heading of an ‘airport novel’ if the back cover is anything to go by.’
    • ‘For some time, one of my favorite places to eat has been a chain that I suppose comes under the broad classification of ‘fast food’ but not exactly.’
    • ‘Town driving comes under the same general safety umbrella.’
    • ‘All three came under the general heading of ‘natural philosophy’.’
    • ‘Now Peter had to decide what classification he came under.’
    • ‘All these features are under threat from development and mismanagement, and their protection comes under the general heading of Earth-heritage conservation.’
    • ‘The other main arena for scientific projects and expeditions in the UK is archaeology, and this comes under the general umbrella of the Nautical Archaeology Society.’
    • ‘These come under the general heading of product liability.’
    • ‘And surely complaining about the attack comes under the general category of ‘whinery.’’
  • 2Be subject to (an influence or authority).

    • ‘He said his sister had always been totally anti smoking and drugs and it was not until she came under the influence of an older boyfriend that she started to change.’
    • ‘The answer is that depends on whether the seller or intermediary comes under any regulatory authority and, unfortunately, not all of them do.’
    • ‘However, the convention itself makes it clear that it applies to all situations in which a subject population comes under the authority of a foreign occupier.’
    • ‘However, they remained independent until coming under French colonial authority in 1899.’
    • ‘The transportation system in Bangalore will witness a major overhaul, with the bus service and the metro coming under a common transport authority, he revealed.’
    • ‘Is there any type of character, in your opinion, that is more susceptible to coming under the influence of the Devil?’
    • ‘Second, don't expect commercially available software to alert you if you come under the authorities' suspicion.’
    • ‘Early in the war, he came under the influence of a middle-aged alleged mystic, a layman who had taken a vow of celibacy.’
    • ‘The child comes under the authority of the Greek judicial system.’
    • ‘Those who are weak, however, are more ready to come under the care and authority of someone who is stronger.’
    1. 2.1 Be subjected to (pressure or aggression)
      ‘his vehicle came under mortar fire’
      • ‘The bill has come under severe criticism and is being redrafted.’
      • ‘The troops were hit by the exploding vehicle and then came under mortar fire, he told a news conference.’
      • ‘If they fail to take account of local customs, they may come under attack from the authorities, competitors or criminals.’
      • ‘Urgent action is required on milk price as dairy farmers in the West are coming under severe pressure, he said.’
      • ‘The aggressive consumer finance stocks continue to come under selling pressure.’
      • ‘There are six men in the squad, and five of them saw their marriages or relationships come under severe pressure.’
      • ‘Both vehicles came under heavy fire from a group of men who were apparently lying in wait in bushes on the side of the road.’
      • ‘The group could also come under pressure from the aggressive rollout of broadband services by rivals.’
      • ‘In the late 1920s, Russian writers came under severe pressure.’
      • ‘As an activist, he came under attack from the authorities.’