"about" Definition

  1. prep. Around; all round; on every side of.
  2. prep. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
  3. prep. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
  4. prep. Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.
  5. prep. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
  6. prep. On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
  7. prep. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.
  8. adv. On all sides; around.
  9. adv. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
  10. adv. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
  11. adv. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time.
  12. adv. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.

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Position in dictionary: 486 of 111710 words.
Word Type: prep., prep., prep., prep., prep., prep., prep., adv., adv., adv., adv., adv.,
Words that start with "about": 2
Words that end with "about": 11
Words that contain "about": 16
Next words in dictionary: about-sledge, above, above-cited, above-mentioned, above-named
Previous words in dictionary: abounding, abounded, abound, abought, abortment

English Dictionary Definition of about

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