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  • v. To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen.
  • v. 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.

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  • v. come to pass


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  • Very merry at dinner, and then up to my chamber and there we sung a Psalm or two of Lawes's, then he and I a little talke by ourselves of his kinswoman that is to come to live with my wife, who is to come about ten days hence, and I hope will do well.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Aug/Sep 1664

  • There's probably no better place to get a symbolic measure of the changes that have come about almost imperceptibly in Bihar than the precincts of its most famous address for two decades: 1 Aane Marg.

    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage

  • Confinement takes place whilst the patient is standing, leaning against the wall, or kneeling, inclined forward, resting upon her arms, because the desired head-presentation is supposed to come about most readily in this position.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • Kathleen Gilbert and Neil Pumford, however, have come about as close as anyone in giving us insight into what numbers four and five and six might look like in the human body.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • But there is as much difference between supposing the passage of inorganic matter into an AMOEBA, e.g., and into an ELEPHANT, as there is between supposing that Portland stone might have built itself up into St. Paul's, and believing that the Giant's Causeway may have come about by natural causes.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Thus has it come about that Flecknoe, the Irish priest, whom Marvell visited in his Roman garret in 1645, bears a name ever memorable in literature.

    Andrew Marvell

  • It seems to have come about through a wager between Mr. Servan and Mr. Keith.

    Too Many Cooks

  • For pallor and duskiness of complexion are called qualities, inasmuch as we are said to be such and such in virtue of them, not only if they originate in natural constitution, but also if they come about through long disease or sunburn, and are difficult to remove, or indeed remain throughout life.


  • In later times however it has come about that the term pyx is limited in ordinary usage to that smaller vessel of gold, or silver-gilt, in which the Eucharist is commonly carried to the sick.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • But, Lord! to see among [the company] the young commanders, and Thomas Killigrew and others that come, how unlike a burial this was, O'Brian taking out some ballads out of his pocket, which I read, and the rest come about me to hear! and there very merry we were all, they being new ballets.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1668


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