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Defined as a preposition
  1. : in a circle around : on every side of : around
  2. a : in the immediate neighborhood of : near b : on or near the person of c : in the makeup of d : at the command of
  3. : engaged in
  4. a : with regard to : concerning b : concerned with c : fundamentally concerned with or directed toward
  5. : over or in different parts of
Defined as an adverb
  1. a : reasonably close to b : almost c : on the verge of —usually used with be and a following infinitive —used with a negative to express intention or determination
  2. : on all sides : around
  3. a : in rotation b : around the outside
  4. : here and there
  5. : in the vicinity : near
  6. : in the opposite direction See about defined for English-language learners
Examples of "about"
  • We're about ready to go.
  • This one is about as bad as that one.
  • That's about all I know at this point.
  • It's about time to go.
  • That's about all the time we have.
  • We tried just about everything we could think of.
  • This is an About page.
Origin of "about" Middle English, from Old English abūtan, from 1a- + būtan outside — more at but

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonyms: around, round
Antonyms: exactly, precisely

from Merriam-Webster


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