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Definition of ABOUT

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About \A*bout"\, prep. [OE. aboute, abouten, abuten; AS. [=a]butan, onbutan; on + butan, which is from be by + utan outward, from ut out. See {But}, {Out}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Around; all round; on every side of. "Look about you."
        --Shak. "Bind them about thy neck." --Prov. iii. 3. [1913 Webster]

     2. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
        "Have you much money about you?" --Bulwer. [1913 Webster]

     3. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. [1913 Webster]

              Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses.
                                                    --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

              Roving still about the world.         --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity. "To-morrow, about this time." --Exod. ix.
        18. "About my stature." --Shak.
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              He went out about the third hour.     --Matt. xx. 3. [1913 Webster]

     Note: This use passes into the adverbial sense. [1913 Webster]

     5. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
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              I must be about my Father's business. --Luke ii. 49. [1913 Webster]

     6. Before a verbal noun or an infinitive: On the point or verge of; going; in act of. [1913 Webster]

              Paul was now aboutto open his mouth.  --Acts xviii.
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     7. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching. "To treat about thy ransom." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              She must have her way about Sarah.    --Trollope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

About \A*bout"\, adv.
     1. On all sides; around.
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              'Tis time to look about.              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster]

     3. Here and there; around; in one place and another. [1913 Webster]

              Wandering about from house to house.  --1 Tim. v.
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     4. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time. "There fell . . . about three thousand men." --Exod. xxii. 28. [1913 Webster]

     5. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about. [1913 Webster]

     {To bring about}, to cause to take place; to accomplish.

     {To come about}, to occur; to take place. See under {Come}.

     {To go about}, {To set about}, to undertake; to arrange; to prepare. "Shall we set about some revels?" --Shak.

     {Round about}, in every direction around.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

122 Moby Thesaurus words for "about":
     again, aimlessly, all but, all over, all round, almost, along toward, alongside, anent, any which way, anyhow, anywise, approximately, apropos, apropos of, around, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, at close quarters, at hand, at random, back, back and forth, backward, beside, carelessly, casually, circa, circuitously, close, close about, close at hand, close by, close to, close upon, concerning, encircling, everywhere, far and wide, fast by, haphazard, haphazardly, hard, hard by, helter-skelter, here and there, hereabout, hereabouts, in all directions, in connection with, in point of, in re, in reference to, in regard to, in relation to, in relation with, in respect to, in reverse, in spitting distance, in the air, in the neighborhood, in the vicinity, involving, just about, more or less, most, much, near, near at hand, near enough to, near upon, nearabout, nearabouts, nearby, nearly, nigh, nigh about, not far, not far from, of, on, on every side, only a step, pertaining to, pertinent to, plus ou moins, practically, prevalent, random, randomly, re, referring to, regarding, relating to, relative to, respecting, roughly, round, round about, some, somewhere about, speaking of, surrounding, thereabout, thereabouts, through, throughout, to and fro, touching, up and down, upon, upwards of, well-nigh, with, with regard to, with respect to, within call, within earshot, within hearing, within reach

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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