come up with


come up with


  • to find a new thought.
  • usually refers to ideas and is followed by the name of the person who produced them.

Example Sentences

  1. The team has to come up with cost-saving ideas soon; otherwise, the budget cut will cost them a lot.
  2. It is usually the father’s sister who comes up with a name for the baby in the native American culture.
  3. Coming up with a solution so soon is not going to be easy, especially since the problem is such a longstanding one.
  4. It is imperative that the doctors come up with something quick to stop these ghastly pains that she keeps experiencing.
  5. The pharmaceutical world will forever be grateful to you for coming up with such a brilliant idea to manage prosthetics.
  6. She comes up with lame excuses to hide the fact that the work is not done.
  7. The child came up with an idea for a festive card for his mother all by himself. His father helped him make it, though.
  8. I came up with a thought to help the old man out.
  9. I came up with a name for your newly adopted American Bully dog.


Not related to physically coming up anywhere, this is a figurative use of the verb “to come.” The literary origin of this phrase cannot be traced accurately.

See also: come up

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