come about

come about

  1. (intransitive) To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen.
    We have to ask, how did this come about?
  2. (intransitive, 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. (intransitive) To change; to come round.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vi]:
      The wind is come about.
    • 1611, Ben Jonson, Catiline His Conspiracy
      On better thoughts, and my urg'd reasons, / They are come about, and won to the true side.
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