Definitions of about:
  • adverb:   in the area or vicinity
    Example: "A few spectators standing about"
  • adverb:   all around or on all sides
    Example: "Dirty clothes lying around (or about)"
  • adverb:   in or to a reversed position or direction
    Example: "About face"
  • adverb:   to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    Example: "Wandering about with no place to go"
  • adverb:   (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'
    Example: "The job is (just) about done"
  • adverb:   in rotation or succession
    Example: "Turn about is fair play"
  • adverb:   (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    Example: "In just about a minute"

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