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Meaning & Definition of About in English

English

About

/əbaʊt/

adjective

1. On the move

  • "Up and about"
  • "The whole town was astir over the incident"
    synonym:
  • about(p)
  • ,
  • astir(p)

adverb

1. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

  • "Lasted approximately an hour"
  • "In just about a minute"
  • "He's about 30 years old"
  • "I've had about all i can stand"
  • "We meet about once a month"
  • "Some forty people came"
  • "Weighs around a hundred pounds"
  • "Roughly $3,000"
  • "Holds 3 gallons, more or less"
  • "20 or so people were at the party"
    synonym:
  • approximately
  • ,
  • about
  • ,
  • close to
  • ,
  • just about
  • ,
  • some
  • ,
  • roughly
  • ,
  • more or less
  • ,
  • around
  • ,
  • or so

2. All around or on all sides

  • "Dirty clothes lying around (or about)"
  • "Let's look about for help"
  • "There were trees growing all around"
  • "She looked around her"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • around

3. In the area or vicinity

  • "A few spectators standing about"
  • "Hanging around"
  • "Waited around for the next flight"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • around

4. Used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

  • "Wandering about with no place to go"
  • "People were rushing about"
  • "News gets around (or about)"
  • "Traveled around in asia"
  • "He needs advice from someone who's been around"
  • "She sleeps around"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • around

5. In or to a reversed position or direction

  • "About face"
  • "Suddenly she turned around"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • around

6. In rotation or succession

  • "Turn about is fair play"
    synonym:
  • about

7. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

  • All but
  • "The job is (just) about done"
  • "The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"
  • "We're almost finished"
  • "The car all but ran her down"
  • "He nearly fainted"
  • "Talked for nigh onto 2 hours"
  • "The recording is well-nigh perfect"
  • "Virtually all the parties signed the contract"
  • "I was near exhausted by the run"
  • "Most everyone agrees"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • almost
  • ,
  • most
  • ,
  • nearly
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • virtually
  • ,
  • well-nigh

Examples of using

It's still too early to talk about this now.
Tom can eat just about anything but peanuts.
There are about 1,000 students at our high school.