Definitions for aboutəˈbaʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. concerning; on the subject of; in regard to:

    a book about the Civil War.

  2. connected or associated with:

    an air of mystery about him.

  3. near; close to:

    about my height; about six o'clock.

  4. in or somewhere near:

    He is about the house.

  5. on every side of; around.

  6. on or near (one's person):

    They lost all they had about them.

  7. so as to be of use to:

    Keep your wits about you.

  8. on the verge of (usu. fol. by an infinitive):

    about to leave.

  9. here or there in or on:

    to wander about the castle.

  10. engaged in or occupied with:

    while you're about it.

  11. having as a central concern or purpose:

    That's not what life is all about.

  12. (adv.)near in time, number, degree, etc.; approximately:

    about five miles from here.

  13. nearly; almost:

    Dinner is about ready.

  14. nearby; not far off:

    He is somewhere about.

  15. on every side; in every direction; around:

    to look about.

  16. halfway around; in the opposite direction:

    to turn a car about.

  17. here and there; in or to various places:

    to move furniture about; papers strewn about.

  18. in rotation or succession; alternately:

    Turn about is fair play.

  19. in circumference.

  20. Naut. onto a new tack. onto a new course.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  21. (adj.)moving around; astir:

    She was up and about at dawn.

  22. in existence; current; prevalent:

    The flu is about.

Idioms for about:

  1. not about to, not intending or likely to.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of about:

bef. 900; ME aboute(n), OE abūtan, onbūtan on the outside of =a-a -1+būtan outside (see but1)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. about(p), astir(p)(adverb)

    on the move

    "up and about"; "the whole town was astir over the incident"

  2. approximately, about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, around, or so(adverb)

    (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"

  3. about, around(adverb)

    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"

  4. about, around(adverb)

    in the area or vicinity

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

  5. about, around(adverb)

    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"

  6. about, around(adverb)

    in or to a reversed position or direction

    "about face"; "suddenly she turned around"

  7. about(adverb)

    in rotation or succession

    "turn about is fair play"

  8. about, almost, most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh(adverb)

    (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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. about(adverb)əˈbaʊt


    about 40 guests; I'm leaving about 4 o'clock.

  2. aboutəˈbaʊt

    very close to; = practically

    He's about her only friend.

  3. aboutəˈbaʊt


    Stop moving about.

  4. aboutəˈbaʊt

    indicates a suggestion

    How about a drink?

  5. about(preposition)əˈbaʊt

    on the subject of

    a story about her childhood; We were talking about old friends.

  6. aboutəˈbaʊt

    indicates you are suggesting sth

    How about a drink?

  7. aboutəˈbaʊt

    indicates that you want information

    I know Karen's coming - what about Noah?

  8. about(adjective)əˈbaʊt

    ready to, or soon going to do sth

    I was about to call her.; We're just about to leave.

  9. aboutəˈbaʊt

    emphasizes that you will not do sth

    I'm not about to apologize!

Webster Dictionary

  1. About

    around; all round; on every side of

  2. About

    in the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person)

  3. About

    over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout

  4. About

    near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity

  5. About

    in concern with; engaged in; intent on

  6. About

    on the point or verge of; going; in act of

  7. About

    concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching

  8. About(adverb)

    on all sides; around

  9. About(adverb)

    in circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across

  10. About(adverb)

    here and there; around; in one place and another

  11. About(adverb)

    nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time

  12. About(adverb)

    to a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about


  1. AbOUT

    abOUT was a Toronto-based online biweekly lifestyles and current affairs magazine, serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of North America. abOUT was founded in Buffalo, New York, in late 2003 by four partners, including Canadian journalist Duane Booth. The first edition of the magazine was released on January 19, 2004. In 2006, Booth became majority shareholder when he acquired the shares of two of the business partners, and the magazine's operations were fully moved to Toronto at the same time. The magazine continued in print until February 2010, when it was changed to an online-only publication. abOUT covered LGBT-related news and culture. abOUT covered a range of topics relating to the LGBT community including politics, activism, pop culture, arts, entertainment, health, fashion, fitness and more. The magazine has become known for political stands that are often contrary to those seen in other gay press outlets as well as featuring celebrity interview with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Pussycat Dolls and Felicity Huffman. The website closed in 2011.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'about' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #70

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'about' in Written Corpus Frequency: #67

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'about' in Adverbs Frequency: #33

Anagrams of about

  1. U-boat

Translations for about

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(sometimes round about ) near (in place, time, size etc)

about five miles away; (round) about six o'clock; just about big enough.

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