Definition of Come about

1. Verb. Come to pass. "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

Definition of Come about

1. Verb. To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen. ¹

2. Verb. (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 (term come to). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Come About

come a cropper
come a long way
come about (current term)
come across
come after
come again
come alive
come along
come and go
come apart
come around
come away
come back
come before
come between

Literary usage of Come about

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1. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1921)
"How a Federal World Government may come about. § 3. Some Fundamental Characteristics of a Modern World State. § 4. What this World might be were it under ..."

2. Rural Rides in the Counties of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hants, Berks, Oxford by William Cobbett (1908)
"Instead of the neuter verb (to speak as a grammarian) they should use the active ; they should not say things will come about, but things must be put about ..."

3. Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury by James Harris Malmesbury (1844)
"The whole of this favourable change, which seems to have come about so unexpectedly, is owing solely to the glaring attempt made by the Faction to take the ..."

4. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"... And make it come about again« to prime. Another list is in an old book of French and English dialogues. Most of the games in both lists will be found ..."

5. The Beginnings of Modern Europe (1250-1450) by Ephraim Emerton (1917)
"... inappropriate name of Felix V. Thus through the action of the body which stood above all else for the unity of the Church a new schism had come about, ..."

6. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing (1918)
"Indeed, it would either be that, or it would never come about at all. For suffering and sorrow are the great Doctors of Metaphysic; and, remembering this, ..."

7. A Treatise on the System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law: Including the by John Henry Wigmore (1915)
"And this is the way in which almost all legal progress, that was progress, has come about. 3. Most practitioners, to-day, are unskilled in the rules of ..."

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