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English adjective: about

1. about on the move

SamplesUp and about.
The whole town was astir over the incident.




English adverb: about

1. about (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

SamplesLasted 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.

Synonymsapproximately, around, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some

2. about all around or on all sides

SamplesDirty clothes lying around (or about).
Let's look about for help.
There were trees growing all around.
She looked around her.


3. about in the area or vicinity

SamplesA few spectators standing about.
Hanging around.
Waited around for the next flight.


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

SamplesWandering 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 in or to a reversed position or direction

SamplesAbout face.
Suddenly she turned around.


6. about in rotation or succession

SamplesTurn about is fair play.

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

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsalmost, most, near, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh

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