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  • v. To come across; to encounter; to stumble upon; to discover or find, especially by chance or accident.
  • v. To befall; to affect; to happen to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. find unexpectedly
  • v. take possession of


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  • One evening shortly after her arrival, she and Alfred had come upon a prairie-dog town.

    Plain Language

  • The way it usually happened was that a fisherman would come upon a selkie who had shed her skin, a beautiful young woman bathing naked in the sea.


  • Again: -- I am crossing a level field and come upon little star-like flowers which I try to analyse.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • When the whole third sonship has returned above, cosmic igno - rance will come upon every being left below, and even upon the archons.


  • Or youd come upon a monument by the side of the road, with old sepia photographs encased in glass and the dates1943, 1944, 1945saying almost everything that needed to be said.

    The Italian Summer

  • We had come upon such a display weeks earlier, on our quest for the great northern-Italian pizza.

    The Italian Summer

  • But it is plainly seen that here too, by a single dream, we have come upon life-experiences, viewpoints and mental material which affords us efficient and sufficient weapons to boldly attack the fortress of her full life history, her mental qualities, her trends, her psychic depth, her mental makeup in its entirety, in its every dimension.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Wandering the cool stone alleyways near Harold and Saras apartment, wed come upon a couple of signs for bed-and-breakfasts, so on that night I made a small detour, found one of them, and rang the doorbell.

    The Italian Summer

  • In 1854 they joined with other tribes of that region in the Treaty of Medicine Creek, by which they gave up their free range and agreed to come upon the reservation assigned them.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • “Though if you chance to come upon the Heartwood Tree and one of the branches just happens to break off and fall on your head . . .”



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