[ UK /ɐbˈa‍ʊt/ ]
[ US /əˈbaʊt/ ]
  1. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    people were rushing about
    news gets around (or about)
    traveled around in Asia
    she sleeps around
    wandering about with no place to go
    he needs advice from someone who's been around
  2. in rotation or succession
    turn about is fair play
  3. in or to a reversed position or direction
    about face
    suddenly she turned around
  4. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    he's about 30 years old
    lasted approximately an hour
    I've had about all I can stand
    roughly $3,000
    some forty people came
    20 or so people were at the party
    holds 3 gallons, more or less
    weighs around a hundred pounds
    in just about a minute
    we meet about once a month
  5. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
    the job is (just) about done
    I was near exhausted by the run
    virtually all the parties signed the contract
    most everyone agrees
    we're almost finished
    the car all but ran her down
    talked for nigh onto 2 hours
    the recording is well-nigh perfect
    he nearly fainted
    the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
  6. all around or on all sides
    let's look about for help
    There were trees growing all around
    she looked around her
    dirty clothes lying around (or about)
  7. in the area or vicinity
    hanging around
    waited around for the next flight
    a few spectators standing about
  1. on the move
    the whole town was astir over the incident
    up and about
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How To Use about In A Sentence

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  • A lot of people moaned about the parking problems.
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  • As I did at FIAC, I selected 18 galleries and asked their most anglophonic expert to pick an image and talk about it for under two minutes. Michael Kurcfeld: Doing Shots: The Old and the New at Paris Photo 2011 (VIDEO)
  • A boa made from black water mink is worth about 50 dollars, a collarette about $100,00 and a coat reaching down to the hips would cost about $250,00. Black Beaver The Trapper
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