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about meaning

[ 'əbaut ] Pronunciation:   "about" in a sentence
  • Adverb: about  u'bawt
    1. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
      "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"
      - approximately, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, around, or so 
    2. All around or on all sides
      "dirty clothes lying about"; "let's look about for help"
      - around 
    3. In the area or vicinity
      "a few spectators standing 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 about"
      - around 
    5. In or to a reversed position or direction
      "about face"
      - around 
    6. In rotation or succession
      "turn about is fair play" 
    7. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
      "the job is (just) about done"
      - almost, most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh, all but
    Preposition: about  u'bawt
    1. On the topic of
      "a book about physics"; "think about it"
      - on
    Adjective: about  u'bawt
    1. On the move
      "up and about"
      - astir

    See also: active

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  1. spies are hovering about in every direction.
  2. he asked a little about my life history.
  3. lord was right about his own record.
  4. he consulted his physician about his health.
  5. the child 's work at school is about average ..

Related Words

  1. abound in sth meaning
  2. abound with meaning
  3. abound with so or sth meaning
  4. abound with-in meaning
  5. abounding meaning
  6. about as exciting as watching (the) paint dry meaning
  7. about east meaning
  8. about face meaning
  9. about one's business meaning
  10. about one's ears meaning
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