1.Around; all round; on every side of.
2.In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
3.Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses.
- Macaulay.
Roving still about the world.
- Milton.
4.Near; not far from; - determining approximately time, size, quantity.
He went out about the third hour.
- Matt. xx. 3.
5.In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
I must be about my Father's business.
- Luke ii. 49.
6.On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
Paul was now aboutto open his mouth.
- Acts xviii. 14.
7.Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.
She must have her way about Sarah.
- Trollope.
adv.1.On all sides; around.
'Tis time to look about.
- Shak.
2.In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
3.Here and there; around; in one place and another.
Wandering about from house to house.
- 1 Tim. v. 13.
4.Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; - also of quantity, number, time.
5.To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.
To bring about
to cause to take place; to accomplish.
To come about
to occur; to take place. See under Come.
To go about
to undertake; to arrange; to prepare.
Round about
in every direction around.
- Shak.
Adj.1.about - on the move; "up and about"; "the whole town was astir over the incident"
Synonyms: astir
Adv.1.about - (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"
2.about - 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"
Synonyms: around
3.about - in the area or vicinity; "a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight"
Synonyms: around
4.about - to or among many different places or in no particular direction; "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"
Synonyms: around
5.about - in or to a reversed position or direction; "about face"; "brought the ship about"; "suddenly she turned around"
Synonyms: around
6.about - in rotation or succession; "turn about is fair play"
7.about - (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"
again, aimlessly, all but, all over, all round, along toward, alongside, anent, any which way, anyhow, anywise, apropos, apropos of, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, at close quarters, at hand, at random, back, back and forth, backward, beside, carelessly, casually, circa, circuitously, close, close about, close at hand, close by, close upon, encircling, everywhere, far and wide, fast by, haphazard, haphazardly, hard, hard by, helter-skelter, here and there, hereabout, hereabouts, in all directions, in connection with, in point of, in re, in reference to, in regard to, in relation to, in relation with, in respect to, in reverse, in spitting distance, in the air, in the neighborhood, in the vicinity, just about, more or less, most, much, near at hand, near enough to, near upon, nearabout, nearabouts, nearly, nigh, nigh about, not far, not far from, on, on every side, only a step, pertaining to, pertinent to, plus ou moins, practically, prevalent, random, randomly, re, referring to, regarding, relative to, respecting, roughly, round, round about, some, somewhere about, speaking of, surrounding, thereabout, thereabouts, through, throughout, to and fro, touching, up and down, upwards of, well-nigh, with, with regard to, with respect to, within call, within earshot, within hearing, within reach
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