Meaning of ABOUT in English

ABOUT

adv.

Pronunciation: ə - ' bau ̇ t

Function: adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ab ū tan, from 1 a- + b ū tan outside ― more at BUT

Date: before 12th century

1 a : reasonably close to < about a year ago> b : ALMOST < about starved> c : on the verge of ― usually used with be and a following infinitive <is about to join the army> ― used with a negative to express intention or determination <not about to quit>

2 : on all sides : AROUND

3 a : in rotation b : around the outside

4 : HERE AND THERE

5 : in the vicinity : NEAR

6 : in the opposite direction <face about > <the other way about >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.