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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo about
he/she/itgoes about
present participlegoing about
past tensewent about
past participlegone about
  1. 1
    [transitive]go about something to do something that you normally do in your usual way
    go about your business/work/daily life etc: There were no further reports of violence in the town, and most people went about their daily activities as usual.
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  2. 2
    [transitive]go about something to start dealing with a problem, situation, or job in a particular way
    I think I’d go about it quite differently.
    go about doing something: How did you go about finding a job?
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] British same as go around (sense 2)
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] same as go around (sense 3)
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] same as go around (sense 4)
  6. 6
    [intransitive] British if a ship goes about, it turns and sails in the opposite direction
See also main entry: go


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