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Definitions of about

  1. in rotation or succession; "turn about is fair play" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. in the area or vicinity; "a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. in or to a reversed position or direction; "about face"; "brought the ship about"; "suddenly she turned around" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost'; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. on the move; "up and about"; "the whole town was astir over the incident" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. Around; all round; on every side of. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person). Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. In concern with; engaged in; intent on. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. On the point or verge of; going; in act of. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. On all sides; around. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Here and there; around; in one place and another. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Near; not far from; - determining approximately time, size, quantity. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; - also of quantity, number, time. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Around; on every side; nearly; near to; in a reversed position; half around; as, about face; intending; as, he was about to go; in rotation; as, turn about is fair play. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Concerned in; somewhere near; all around; over; beside; relating to; as, the story was about animals. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Round on the out side: around: here and there in: near to: concerning: engaged in. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Around: nearly: here and there. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Around; near to; concerning; engaged in. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. Circuitously; here and there; nearly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. On every side; around; almost; ready; to and fro. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. On the outside or on every side of; all around; over; beside; somewhere near; in connection with; engaged in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Around; circuitously; nearly; here and there. About town, frequenting fashionable places about town. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Round; near to; on the point of; concerned or engaged in; relating to; respecting. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity. mso.anu.edu.au
  31. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time. mso.anu.edu.au
  32. While not an exact term 'about' signifies not more or less than 10 percent of the stipulated amount, quantity, or unit price. Refer to the definition of approximately. thelawdictionary.org
  33. Near; not far from; determining approximately time, size, quantity. dictgcide_fs
  34. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; also of quantity, number, time. dictgcide_fs
  35. a-bowt', prep. round on the outside: around: here and there in: near to: concerning: engaged in.--adv. around: nearly: here and there.--BRING ABOUT, to cause to take place; COME ABOUT, to take place; GO ABOUT, to prepare to do; PUT ABOUT, disturbed; TO BE ABOUT, to be astir; TURN ABOUT, alternately. [A.S. on bútan; on, in, bútan, without, itself compounded of be, by, and útan, locative of út, out.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  36. All round from outside, as compass it a., He is a. my path, beat a. the bush; all round from a centre, as look or lay a. you; somewhere round, as lie a., hang a. (the door), the fields a. Oxford, people or objects a. us, have not a penny a. me; here and there (in, or abs.), as smallpox is a., more or order a., he put the tale a., I was much put a. (distracted), dotted a. the fields, man a. town; near in number, scale, degree, &c., as a. half, fifty, right, tired, midnight, my size (somet. much a.); facing round, as right-a. turn, the wrong way a., put (the ship) or go a.; round a party, as take turns a., read verse a.; occupied with, as a. my father\'s business, send a. his business, what are you a.? go a. to do, am a. to do (so all fut. participles); in connexion with, as quarrels a. trade, something wrong a. it; circuitously, as he went a long way a., I brought it a., it came a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. Change the course of (ship) to the other tack. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  38. prep. [Anglo-Saxon] On every side of; all over or around ;—in contiguity or proximity to ; in connection with ; near, in place, time, quantity, or the like. Cabinet Dictionary
  39. Round, surrounding, encircling; near to; concerning, with regard to, relating to; engaged in, employed upon; appendant to the person, as cloaths, &c; relating to the person, as a servant. Complete Dictionary
  40. Circularly; in circuit; nearly; the longest way, in opposition to the short straight way; to bring about, to bring to the point or state desired, as, he has brought about his purposes; to come about, to come to some certain state or point; to go about a thing, to prepare to do it. Complete Dictionary

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