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Definition of 'about'


  1. on the move; "up and about"; "the whole town was astir over the incident"
       Synonyms: astir


  1. (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"
       Synonyms: approximately close to just about some roughly more or less around or so
  2. 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. in the area or vicinity; "a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight"
       Synonyms: around
  4. 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. in or to a reversed position or direction; "about face"; "suddenly she turned around"
       Synonyms: around
  6. in rotation or succession; "turn about is fair play"
  7. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; "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: just about almost most all but nearly near nigh virtually well-nigh

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