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Definitions of about

  1. in rotation or succession; " turn about is fair play"
  2. ( 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"
  3. in the area or vicinity; " a few spectators standing about"; " hanging around"; " waited around for the next flight"
  4. 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"
  5. in or to a reversed position or direction; " about face"; " brought the ship about"; " suddenly she turned around"
  6. ( of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; ` near' is sometimes used informally for ` nearly' and ` most' is sometimes used informally for ` almost'; " 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"
  7. on the move; " up and about"; " the whole town was astir over the incident"
  8. Around; all round; on every side of.
  9. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on ( one's person).
  10. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
  11. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
  12. On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
  13. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.
  14. On all sides; around.
  15. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
  16. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
  17. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.
  18. Near; not far from; - determining approximately time, size, quantity.
  19. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; - also of quantity, number, time.
  20. Around; on every side; nearly; near to; in a reversed position; half around; as, about face; intending; as, he was about to go; in rotation; as, turn about is fair play.
  21. Concerned in; somewhere near; all around; over; beside; relating to; as, the story was about animals.
  22. Round on the out side: around: here and there in: near to: concerning: engaged in.
  23. Around: nearly: here and there.
  24. Around; near to; concerning; engaged in.
  25. Circuitously; here and there; nearly.
  26. On every side; around; almost; ready; to and fro.
  27. On the outside or on every side of; all around; over; beside; somewhere near; in connection with; engaged in.
  28. Around; circuitously; nearly; here and there. About town, frequenting fashionable places about town.
  29. Round; near to; on the point of; concerned or engaged in; relating to; respecting.
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Usage examples for about

  1. What would he say about us?" – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. You don't need to say anything about it. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  3. Tell me about the Brimley Bomefields. – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki
  4. Well, he said, what is it all about – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  5. I have told her all about it. – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  6. What will he have to say about it? – The Chief Legatee by Anna Katharine Green
  7. Oh, you know about that! – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. What do you know about ghosts?" – Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's by Laura Lee Hope
  9. You mean about Mr. Gerrish? – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  10. Why, about Orsino of course. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  11. Don't think about that. – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  12. And how about them? – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  13. I don't see what we are going to do about it. – The Comings of Cousin Ann by Emma Speed Sampson
  14. Yes, she has told me all about that. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  15. But how about Garvin?... – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  16. What do you think about it, Barbicane? – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  17. Look about if you are not afraid. – A Little Wizard by Stanley J. Weyman
  18. That's about all you know about it! – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  19. What have you done about them? – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. What else about him? – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
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