come about


1. happen or take place






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how did that come about?

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The phrasal verb come about means to happen or take place. If you ask how something came about you are asking how it happened.

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  1. Congratulations on your new job! How did that come about?
  2. Vanessa told me that you broke your leg. How did that come about?

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  1. The deal came about very quickly. It seemed as though one minute we were just chatting, the next we were putting pen to paper!
  2. Our notable increase in productivity has come about due to the new staff bonus system we have put in place.

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