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About

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Adjective

1. about, astir

on the move

Example Sentences:
'up and about'
'the whole town was astir over the incident'

Adverb

1. about, approximately, around, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some

(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

Example Sentences:
'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'

2. about, around

all around or on all sides

Example Sentences:
'dirty clothes lying around (or about)'
'let's look about for help'
'There were trees growing all around'
'she looked around her'

3. about, around

in the area or vicinity

Example Sentences:
'a few spectators standing about'
'hanging around'
'waited around for the next flight'

4. about, around

used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

Example Sentences:
'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'

5. about, around

in or to a reversed position or direction

Example Sentences:
'about face'
'suddenly she turned around'

6. about

in rotation or succession

Example Sentences:
'turn about is fair play'

7. about, almost, most, near, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

Example Sentences:
'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'


1. about, astir

on the move

Example Sentences:
'up and about'
'the whole town was astir over the incident'


1. about, approximately, around, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some

(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

Example Sentences:
'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'

2. about, around

all around or on all sides

Example Sentences:
'dirty clothes lying around (or about)'
'let's look about for help'
'There were trees growing all around'
'she looked around her'

3. about, around

in the area or vicinity

Example Sentences:
'a few spectators standing about'
'hanging around'
'waited around for the next flight'

4. about, around

used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

Example Sentences:
'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'

5. about, around

in or to a reversed position or direction

Example Sentences:
'about face'
'suddenly she turned around'

6. about

in rotation or succession

Example Sentences:
'turn about is fair play'

7. about, almost, most, near, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

Example Sentences:
'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'

Based on WordNet 3.0, Princeton University


About

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preposition
1. 
relating to; concerning; on the subject of
2. 
near or close to (in space or time)
3. 
carried on
I haven't any money about me
4. 
on every side of; all the way around
5. 
active in or engaged in
she is about her business
6.  about to
adverb
7. 
approximately; near in number, time, degree, etc
about 50 years old
8. 
nearby
9. 
here and there; from place to place; in no particular direction
walk about to keep warm
10. 
all around; on every side
11. 
in or to the opposite direction
he turned about and came back
12. 
in rotation or revolution
turn and turn about
13. 
used in informal phrases to indicate understatement
I've had just about enough of your insults
it's about time you stopped
14. archaic
in circumference; around
adjective
15. (predicative)
active; astir after sleep
up and about
16. (predicative)
in existence, current, or in circulation
there aren't many about nowadays

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About

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adverb
1. 
on every side; all around
look about
2. 
here and there; in all directions
travel about
3. 
in circumference; around the outside
ten miles about
4. 
near
standing somewhere about
5. 
in the opposite direction; to a reversed position
turn it about
6. 
in succession or rotation
play fair—turn and turn about
7. 
nearly; approximately
about four years old
8.  Informal
all but; almost
about ready
adjective
9. 
astir; on the move
he is up and about again
10. 
in the vicinity; prevalent
typhoid is about
11. 
a. 
ready; likely immediately
followed by an infinitive
I was about to speak
b. 
willing or inclined
used with not and an infinitive
I'm not about to exercise regularly
preposition
12. 
around; on all sides of
13. 
here and there in; everywhere in
rambling about the town
14. 
near to in time or space
born about 1960, keeping my keys about me
15. 
concerned with; attending to
go about your business
16. 
on the subject of; concerning
a book about ships
17. 
in connection with; pertaining to
the most interesting thing about her

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About

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adv.
1. Approximately; nearly: The interview lasted about an hour.
2. Almost: The job is about done.
3. To a reversed position or direction: Turn about and walk away slowly.
4. In no particular direction: wandering about with no place to go.
5. All around; on every side: Let's look about for help.
6. In the area or vicinity; near: spoke to a few spectators standing about.
7. In succession; one after another: Turn about is fair play.
8.
a. On the verge of doing something; presently going to do something. Used with the infinitive: The chorus is about to sing.
b. Usage Problem Used to show determination or intention in negative constructions with an infinitive: I am not about to concede the point.
prep.
1. On all sides of; surrounding: I found an English garden all about me.
2. In the vicinity of; around: explored the rivers and streams about the estate.
3. Almost the same as; close to; near.
4.
a. In reference to; relating to; concerned with: a book about snakes.
b. In the act or process of: While you're about it, please clean your room.
5. In the possession or innate character of: Keep your wits about you.
adj.
1. Moving here and there; astir: The patient is up and about.
2. Being in evidence or existence: Rumors are about concerning his resignation.

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