Definitions for aboutəˈbaʊt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word about
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
concerning; on the subject of; in regard to:
a book about the Civil War.
connected or associated with:
an air of mystery about him.
near; close to:
about my height; about six o'clock.
in or somewhere near:
He is about the house.
on every side of; around.
on or near (one's person):
They lost all they had about them.
so as to be of use to:
Keep your wits about you.
on the verge of (usu. fol. by an infinitive):
about to leave.
here or there in or on:
to wander about the castle.
engaged in or occupied with:
while you're about it.
having as a central concern or purpose:
That's not what life is all about.
(adv.)near in time, number, degree, etc.; approximately:
about five miles from here.
Dinner is about ready.
nearby; not far off:
He is somewhere about.
on every side; in every direction; around:
to look about.
halfway around; in the opposite direction:
to turn a car about.
here and there; in or to various places:
to move furniture about; papers strewn about.
in rotation or succession; alternately:
Turn about is fair play.
Naut. onto a new tack. onto a new course.
Category: Nautical, Navy
(adj.)moving around; astir:
She was up and about at dawn.
in existence; current; prevalent:
The flu is about.
Idioms for about:
not about to, not intending or likely to.
Origin of about:
bef. 900; ME aboute(n), OE abūtan, onbūtan on the outside of =a-a -1+būtan outside (see but1)
on the move
"up and about"; "the whole town was astir over the incident"
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"
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"
in the area or vicinity
"a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight"
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"
in or to a reversed position or direction
"about face"; "suddenly she turned around"
in rotation or succession
"turn about is fair play"
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
about 40 guests; I'm leaving about 4 o'clock.
very close to; = practically
He's about her only friend.
Stop moving about.
indicates a suggestion
How about a drink?
on the subject of
a story about her childhood; We were talking about old friends.
indicates you are suggesting sth
How about a drink?
indicates that you want information
I know Karen's coming - what about Noah?
ready to, or soon going to do sth
I was about to call her.; We're just about to leave.
emphasizes that you will not do sth
I'm not about to apologize!
around; all round; on every side of
in the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person)
over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout
near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity
in concern with; engaged in; intent on
on the point or verge of; going; in act of
concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching
on all sides; around
in circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across
here and there; around; in one place and another
nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time
to a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self 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.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'about' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #70
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'about' in Written Corpus Frequency: #67
Rank popularity for the word 'about' in Adverbs Frequency: #33
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.
- حَوالِي، تَقْرِيباًArabic
- cerca dePortuguese (BR)
- kolem, okolo, asiCzech
- cirka; omtrent; næstenDanish
- cerca de, alrededor deSpanish
- umbes, ligikaudu; (mingi aja) paikuEstonian
- در حدودFarsi
- suurin piirteinFinnish
- בְעֶרֶך, כְּ-Hebrew
- के बारे मेंHindi
- közel, körül(belül)Hungarian
- umþað bilIcelandic
- 대략, 약Korean
- gandrīz; aptuveniLatvian
- cirka, omtrentNorwegian
- در حدودPersian
- څه ناڅهPashto
- cerca dePortuguese
- cam, aproximativ,în jur deRomanian
- вокруг; околоRussian
- yaklaşık, aşağı yukarıTurkish
- 大約Chinese (Trad.)
- навколо, близькоUkrainian
- 大约Chinese (Simp.)
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