what about

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what about (not comparable)

  1. Used to make a suggestion.
    What about going to a restaurant tonight?
  2. Used to ask someone to consider something or someone that they have apparently not considered.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’
    You're obviously having a good time, but what about me?
  3. To repeat a question but referring to a different subject or object.
    A: Is John coming tomorrow?  B:Yes  A: What about David?
    A: Do you like football?  B:No  A: What about basketball?
  4. To express approval of an occurrence or a result.
    What about the second goal!

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