Meaning of “come about” in the English Dictionary

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"come about" in British English

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come about

phrasal verb with come uk /kʌm/ us /kʌm/ verb came, come

C2 to happen, or start to happen:

How did the problem come about in the first place?

More examples

  • How did such a confused situation come about?
  • She was late again, but I'm not sure how it came about this time.
  • How did it come about that the police were involved?

(Definition of “come about” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)