What does ABOUT mean?

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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"

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

  13. Origin: [OE. aboute, abouten, abuten; AS. butan, onbutan; on + butan, which is from be by + utan outward, from ut out. See But, Out.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. About

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. about

    Circularly; the situation of a ship after she has gone round, and trimmed sails on the opposite tack.--Ready about! and About-ship! are orders to the ship's company to prepare for tacking by being at their stations.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. about

    A technical word to express the movement by which a body of troops or artillery carriages change front.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ABOUT in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ABOUT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • حول, عن, حَواليArabic
  • тураһындаBashkir
  • зBelarusian
  • sobreCatalan, Valencian
  • o, okolo, kolem, asi, přibližněCzech
  • på, om, til, cirka, rundt om, omkring, angående, vedrørende, på vej til, omkreds, næstenDanish
  • über, von, um, ungefährGerman
  • για, κοντά, περί, [[γύρω]] [[από]], σχεδόν, γύρωGreek
  • [[ĉirkaŭe]] [[en]], kun, ĉirkaŭ, pri, tra, -ota, returnen, ĉirkaŭe, proksimumeEsperanto
  • sobre, encima, de, acerca de, alrededor, acerca, a punto, cercaSpanish
  • پیرامون, درباب, راجع به, درباره, نزدیک, در اطراف, نزدPersian
  • paikkeilla, -lla, noin, olla [[kysymys]], ympärillä, [[olla]] [[kyse]], aikeissa, vähällä, vaiheilla, osapuilleen, vieressä, lähellä, suunnilleen, läheisyydessä, -ssa, mukana, -sta, hoitaa, ympäril, [[toiselle]] [[halssille]], ympäri, peräkanaa, siellä täällä, peräjälkeen, ympärille, liikkeellä, likimain, peräkkäinFinnish
  • vers, environ, proche, environs, au sujet de, par-dessus, autour, à propos de, sur, de, au-dessus, sur le pointFrench
  • mu chuairt, mu, mu dheidhinn, mun cuairt, mu chuairt airScottish Gaelic
  • על, ב[[סביבה, ב[[איזור]], מסביב, בערךHebrew
  • के बारे मेंHindi
  • մասին, մոտ, շուրջArmenian
  • vicino, riguardando, stare per, riguardo, su, vicino a, circa, intornoItalian
  • に関して, ところ, 約, 周辺, 辺り, およそ, についてJapanese
  • გარშემოGeorgian
  • dorî, nêzî, teqrîbenKurdish
  • жөнүндө, жакын, жанындаKyrgyz
  • de, in, iturus sum, futurus sumLatin
  • ກ່ຽວກັບLao
  • tūlīt, apkārt, pa, tūliņ, pie, par, tikpat kāLatvian
  • штотуку не, приближно, околу, близу, наоколу, само што не, за, ваму-таму, речиси, обратноMacedonian
  • tentang, darihal, berkenaan dengan, برکناءن دڠن, مڠناءي, تنتڠ, دريحال, berkaitan dengan, mengenai, برکاءيتن دڠنMalay
  • dwar, madwarMaltese
  • rond, om, aangaande, over, bij, omheen, ongeveer, betreffende, in de buurt, op het punt staan, om-, rond-Dutch
  • rundt, om, omkring, angående, på veg til, nestenNorwegian
  • około, wokół, wokoło, przy, dookoła, o, ponad, tu i tam, niemal, prawie, wstecz, wszędzie, wkoło, tu i ówdziePolish
  • perto de, por volta de, nas, de, [[preocupado]]/[[lidando]] [[com]], prestes a, redondezas, perto, sobre, ao redor, por aí, mais ou menos, aproximadamente, em volta, cerca dePortuguese
  • lângă, în jurul, despre, camRomanian
  • гото́в, приме́рно, ря́дом, круго́м, про, по, недалеко́, приблизи́тельно, побли́зости, во́круг, об, о, туда́-сюда́, обратно, взад-вперёд, вокру́г, почти́, околоRussian
  • о̏ко, o, ȍkoSerbo-Croatian
  • okolo, pri, oSlovak
  • o, okoli, okrog, približnoSlovene
  • på väg att, runt, om, på, angående, ungefärSwedish
  • etraf, yaklaşık, hakkındaTurkish
  • کے بارے میںUrdu
  • tefüVolapük
  • 大约Chinese
  • nga-Zulu

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