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Meaning & Definition of About in English





1. On the move

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


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"
  • 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"
  • about,
  • around

3. In the area or vicinity

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

5. In or to a reversed position or direction

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

6. In rotation or succession

  • "Turn about is fair play"
  • 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"
  • about,
  • almost,
  • most,
  • nearly,
  • near,
  • nigh,
  • virtually,
  • well-nigh

Examples of using

I assume you know what this is about.
It's still too early to talk about this now.
I don't care a fig about it!