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  • v. To ascend, rise; grow up; come up.
  • n. An ascent, climb; a way up.
  • n. An outward appearance, especially pertaining to the future; a promising aspect or outlook.
  • n. A comment, saying, expression.
  • n. The endly or decisive point; result, outcome.
  • n. One's upbringing, development from childhood to adulthood.


From Middle English upcomen, from Old English ūpcuman ("to come up, arise"), from Proto-Germanic *ūp (“up”), *kwemanan (“to come”), equivalent to up- +‎ come. Cognate with West Frisian opkomme ("to arise, stand up"), Dutch opkomen ("to come up, ascend, occur"), German aufkommen ("to come up, arise, emerge"), Danish opkomme ("to arise, meet"), Icelandic uppkoma ("an outbreak, appearance, arising"). (Wiktionary)


  • Jim's Germans to get a handle on the strategic side of the upcome campaign.

    At Rich's Saturday 11/04/09

  • As for me, my portrait is, if possible, even more scandalously caricatured, I fail or quail in spirit at the upcome!


  • This led to a word or two between Richard and Mr. Gwynn, the upcome being a wire from Mr. Gwynn to the editor desiring him on all occasions and without alteration or addition to print Richard's dispatches.

    The President A novel

  • ` ` A stout fellow, '' replied Anderson, ` ` if all be good that is upcome.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • It's just time to speak upcome out [edited to avoid mixing metaphors!].

    Screenwriting Manifesto

  • “A stout fellow,” replied Anderson, “if all be good that is upcome.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • I trust you will do well, for you should be a right man at arms, if all be good that is upcome [that is, if your courage corresponds with your personal appearance.

    Quentin Durward

  • "A stout fellow," replied Anderson, "if all be good that is upcome.

    A Legend of Montrose


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