come from

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come from (third-person singular simple present comes from, present participle coming from, simple past came from, past participle come from)

  1. (transitive) To have as one's birthplace or nationality.
    Most tourists in Mallorca come from England.   My girlfriend comes from Sweden.
  2. (transitive) To be derived from.
    • 2013 July-August, Lee S. Langston, “The Adaptable Gas Turbine”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 4, page 264:
      Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.
  3. (transitive, slightly informal) To derive one's opinion or argument from; to take as a conceptual starting point.
    Antonyms: drive at, get at
    Even though I have a more progressive philosophy, I can understand where he's coming from. There was a time in my life when it was hard for me to adapt to change, myself.


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