come about

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen.
    We have to ask, how did this come about?
  2. (nautical) To tack; to change tack; to maneuver the bow of a sailing vessel across the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other; to position a boat with respect to the wind after tacking. See also come to.
  3. To change; to come round.
    • Shakespeare
      The wind is come about.
    • Ben Jonson
      On better thoughts, and my urged reasons, / They are come about, and won to the true side.