English adjective: about
|1.||about on the move|
|Samples||Up and about.|
The whole town was astir over the incident.
English adverb: about
|1.||about (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct|
|Samples||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.
Holds 3 gallons, more or less.
20 or so people were at the party.
|Synonyms||approximately, around, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some|
|2.||about all around or on all sides|
|Samples||Dirty 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|
|Samples||A few spectators standing about.|
Waited around for the next flight.
|4.||about used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction|
|Samples||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 in or to a reversed position or direction|
Suddenly she turned around.
|6.||about in rotation or succession|
|Samples||Turn about is fair play.|
|7.||about (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||almost, most, near, nearly, nigh, virtually, well-nigh|