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    about - Dictionary definition and meaning for word about

    (adj) on the move
    Synonyms : astir
    Example Sentence
    • up and about
    • the whole town was astir over the incident
    (adv) (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) all around or on all sides
    Synonyms : around
    Example Sentence
    • dirty clothes lying around (or about)
    • let's look about for help
    • There were trees growing all around
    • she looked around her
    (adv) in the area or vicinity
    Synonyms : around
    Example Sentence
    • a few spectators standing about
    • hanging around
    • waited around for the next flight
    (adv) used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    Synonyms : around
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) in or to a reversed position or direction
    Synonyms : around
    Example Sentence
    • about face
    • suddenly she turned around
    (adv) in rotation or succession
    Example Sentence
    • turn about is fair play
    (adv) (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
    Synonyms : almost , most , near , nearly , nigh , virtually , well-nigh
    Example Sentence
    • 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
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