go about

  1. (adverb) to move from place to place

  2. (preposition) to busy oneself with: to go about one's duties

  1. (preposition) to tackle (a problem or task)

  2. (preposition) to be actively and constantly engaged in (doing something): he went about doing good

  3. to circulate (in): there's a lot of flu going about

  4. (adverb) (of a sailing ship) to change from one tack to another

Words Nearby go about

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How to use go about in a sentence

  • What may be the circumstance that has caused your mind to go about-ship just now?

    The Buffalo Runners | R.M. Ballantyne

Other Idioms and Phrases with go about

go about

Also, go around. Move here and there, to and fro; also, circulate. For example, She's been going about telling everyone the news, or A report went around that the dollar was dropping. [c. 1300]

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