Definition of Go about

1. Verb. Begin to deal with. "Approach a new project"

Exact synonyms: Approach, Set About
Specialized synonyms: Confront, Face, Face Up
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Approach

Definition of Go about

1. Verb. (intransitive) To busy oneself with. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To tackle (a problem or task). ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To circulate (''in''). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive of a sailing ship) To change from one tack to another. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Go About

go Dutch
go Fantee
go Galt
go Pete Tong
go Winchester
go a-begging
go a long way
go about (current term)
go across
go after
go against
go against the grain
go ahead
go all out
go along
go along for the ride
go along to get along
go along with
go along with the gag
go ape

Literary usage of Go about

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1895)
"distemper upon them ; arid who., by having an uninterrupted liberty to go about, but being obliged still to conceal their circumstances, or, perhaps, ..."

2. United States Coast Pilot: Atlantic Coast. Part IV. From Point Judith to New by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Herbert Gouverneur Ogden, John Ross, Herbert Cornelius Graves, Harry L. Ford (1899)
"At night, in standing to the northward, a good rule is to go about when on a line between Bartlett Reef and Cornfield Point light-vessels. ..."

3. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau (1873)
"We do not directly go about the execution of the purpose that thrills us, but shut our doors behind us and ramble with prepared mind, as if the half were ..."

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