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Definition and examples of "about"

on the move

  • up and about
  • the whole town was astir over the incident

  • about
  • astir

(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

  • approximately
  • about
  • close_to
  • just_about
  • some
  • roughly
  • more_or_less
  • around
  • or_so

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

  • about
  • around

in the area or vicinity

  • a few spectators standing about
  • hanging around
  • waited around for the next flight

  • about
  • around

used of movement 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

  • about
  • around

in or to a reversed position or direction

  • about face
  • suddenly she turned around

  • about
  • around

in rotation or succession

  • turn about is fair play

  • about

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

  • 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

  • about
  • almost
  • most
  • nearly
  • near
  • nigh
  • virtually
  • well-nigh