(third-person singular simple present comes about, present participle coming about, simple past came about, past participle come about)
- To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen.
- We have to ask, how did this come about?
- (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.