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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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Quotes of about

  1. The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, changed the way we think about security. – Richard Burr
  2. You know, that single girl life and that sense of isolation- that doesn't leave you just like that. And that's what that song is about I remember that, and that is imprinted on me, that sense. – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  3. In the space of three weeks, I met a fair bunch of the guys who were just starting those little programmers' co -ops, and everybody was talking about starting businesses. – Esther Dyson
  4. My girlfriend and I rented a nice house on the river and I was there for about two and a half months, and we were just out of Alabama. I hardly got to see Alabama. – Albert Finney
  5. When I listen to music today, it is about 99 percent classical. I rarely even listen to folk music, the music of my own specialty, because folk music is to me more limited than classical music. – Tom Glazer
  6. One must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps. – Georg Groddeck
  7. People think they know you. They know the things about you that you have forgotten. – Mick Jagger
  8. My mother, who was professional schoolteacher, was particularly concerned about our formal education and even went so far as to start a private school together with some other parents so that our intellectual needs would be met. – Robert B. Laughlin
  9. The '80s were about trying to establish myself as an actor with a career. And being a teenager enjoying the fruits of being successful with lots of what I think is appropriate for that age. – Rob Lowe
  10. There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect. – Thomas Mann
  11. The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape. – George Santayana
  12. My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights. – Bruce Springsteen
  13. I was just talking about women, just in terms of understanding them as much as we can ever understand the opposite sex. I'm trying to let go of certain male approaches to things that you inherit, that you grow up with. – Fred Ward
  14. I knew nothing about football, then someone showed me a film of Petit and I realised how interesting the game could be. He is divine. When I met him I could barely speak, he was so gorgeous. Women will love that show. – Ruby Wax
  15. I let people make remarks about me, but it doesn't touch me, all those remarks. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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

Rhymes for about

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