adverb \ə-ˈbat\

: almost or nearly

—used to indicate that a number, amount, time, etc., is not exact or certain

: very close to doing something

Full Definition of ABOUT

a :  reasonably close to <about a year ago>
b :  almost <about starved>
c :  on the verge of —usually used with be and a following infinitive <is about to join the army> —used with a negative to express intention or determination <not about to quit>
:  on all sides :  around
a :  in rotation
b :  around the outside
:  in the vicinity :  near
:  in the opposite direction <face about> <the other way about>

Examples of ABOUT

  1. We're about ready to go.
  2. This one is about as bad as that one.
  3. That's about all I know at this point.
  4. It's about time to go.
  5. That's about all the time we have.
  6. We tried just about everything we could think of.

Origin of ABOUT

Middle English, from Old English abūtan, from 1a- + būtan outside — more at but
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to ABOUT

Rhymes with ABOUT

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—used to indicate the object of a thought, feeling, or action

—used to indicate the subject of something said or written

: as part of (someone or something)

Full Definition of ABOUT

:  in a circle around :  on every side of :  around
a :  in the immediate neighborhood of :  near
b :  on or near the person of
c :  in the makeup of <a mature wisdom about him>
d :  at the command of <has his wits about him>
:  engaged in <act as if they know what they're about — T. S. Matthews>
a :  with regard to :  concerning <spoke about his past>
b :  concerned with
c :  fundamentally concerned with or directed toward <poker is about money — David Mamet>
:  over or in different parts of

Examples of ABOUT

  1. <a poignant story about a young man who goes off to war>
  2. <about the hedge there was a picket fence>

First Known Use of ABOUT

before 12th century

Related to ABOUT

apropos, apropos of, as far as, as for, as regards (also as respects), as to, concerning, of, on, regarding, respecting, touching, toward (or towards), in regard to, in respect to, in view of, with regard to, with respect to



Definition of ABOUT

:  moving from place to place; specifically :  being out of bed
:  around 2

First Known Use of ABOUT

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