Meaning of ABOUT in English


/euh bowt"/ , prep.

1. of; concerning; in regard to: instructions about the work; a book about the Civil War.

2. connected or associated with: There was an air of mystery about him.

3. near; close to: a man about my height; about six o'clock.

4. in or somewhere near: He is about the house.

5. on every side of; around: the railing about the excavation.

6. on or near (one's person): They lost all they had about them.

7. so as to be of use to: Keep your wits about you.

8. on the verge or point of (usually fol. by an infinitive): about to leave.

9. here or there; in or on: to wander about the old castle.

10. concerned with; engaged in doing: Tell me what it's about. Bring me the other book while you're about it.


11. near in time, number, degree, etc.; approximately: It's about five miles from here.

12. nearly; almost: Dinner is about ready.

13. nearby; not far off: He is somewhere about.

14. on every side; in every direction; around: Look about and see if you can find it.

15. halfway around; in the opposite direction: to turn a car about.

16. from one place to another; in this place or that: to move furniture about; important papers strewn about.

17. in rotation or succession; alternately: Turn about is fair play.

18. in circumference: a wheel two inches about.

19. Naut.

a. onto a new tack.

b. onto a new course.


20. moving around; astir: He was up and about while the rest of us still slept.

21. in existence; current; prevalent: Chicken pox is about.

[ bef. 900; ME aboute ( n ), OE abutan, onbutan on the outside of ( a- A- 1 + butan outside (see BUT 1 , BUT 2 ), equiv. to b ( e ) BY + utan ), c. Goth utana, ON, OS utan, OFris uta, OHG uzan ( a ) outside; see OUT; cf. ABOVE, ABAFT for formation ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .