about

a•bout
[[t]əˈbaʊt[/t]] prep.
1) concerning; on the subject of; in regard to:
a book about the Civil War[/ex]
2) connected or associated with:
an air of mystery about him[/ex]
3) near; close to:
about my height; about six o'clock[/ex]
4) in or somewhere near:
He is about the house[/ex]
5) on every side of; around
6) on or near (one's person):
They lost all they had about them[/ex]
7) so as to be of use to:
Keep your wits about you[/ex]
8) on the verge of (usu. fol. by an infinitive):
about to leave[/ex]
9) here or there in or on:
to wander about the castle[/ex]
10) engaged in or occupied with:
while you're about it[/ex]
11) having as a central concern or purpose:
That's not what life is all about[/ex]
12) near in time, number, degree, etc.; approximately:
about five miles from here[/ex]
13) nearly; almost:
Dinner is about ready[/ex]
14) nearby; not far off:
He is somewhere about[/ex]
15) on every side; in every direction; around:
to look about[/ex]
16) halfway around; in the opposite direction:
to turn a car about[/ex]
17) here and there; in or to various places:
to move furniture about; papers strewn about[/ex]
18) in rotation or succession; alternately:
Turn about is fair play[/ex]
19) in circumference
20) Naut.
a) naut. navig. onto a new tack
b) naut. navig. onto a new course
21) moving around; astir:
She was up and about at dawn[/ex]
22) in existence; current; prevalent:
The flu is about[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME aboute(n), OE abūtan, onbūtan on the outside of = a- I+būtan outside (see but)

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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