Meaning of ABOUT in English

ABOUT

I. adverb

1.

in every direction

looked carefully about

Synonyms: around, round, round about

2.

in a circuitous way or course

took the long way about

Synonyms: circuitously, round about

3.

Synonyms: nearly , all but, almost, approximately, most, much, ||nearabout, nigh, practically, well-nigh

4.

here or there without plan or order

left his tools lying about

Synonyms: anyhow, any which way, anywise, around, at random, haphazard, haphazardly, helter-skelter, random, randomly

Related Word: back and forth, hither and thither, to and fro; aimlessly, carelessly, casually

5.

in the vicinity

talked to the people standing about

Synonyms: near, near-at-hand, nearby

Idioms: close by

6.

in the opposite direction

he turned about and saw her

Synonyms: again, around, back, backward, in reverse, round, round about

Idioms: in one's course

II. preposition

1.

in the vicinity of

about five miles to go

Synonyms: around, circa, close on, near, nearby, nigh

Idioms: hard by, not far from

2.

Synonyms: apropos , anent, as regards, as respects, as to, concerning, in re, re, respecting, touching

Idioms: in point of, with regard to

3.

Synonyms: over 3, on, upon, with

4.

here and there upon or within

traveled about the country

Synonyms: round, through, throughout

Idioms: all over

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