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Definition of About

A`bout´
prep.1.
1.Around; all round; on every side of.
2.In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
3.Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses.
- Macaulay.
Roving still about the world.
- Milton.
4.Near; not far from; - determining approximately time, size, quantity.
He went out about the third hour.
- Matt. xx. 3.
5.In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
I must be about my Father's business.
- Luke ii. 49.
6.On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
Paul was now aboutto open his mouth.
- Acts xviii. 14.
7.Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.
She must have her way about Sarah.
- Trollope.
adv.1.On all sides; around.
'Tis time to look about.
- Shak.
2.In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
3.Here and there; around; in one place and another.
Wandering about from house to house.
- 1 Tim. v. 13.
4.Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; - also of quantity, number, time.
5.To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.
To bring about
to cause to take place; to accomplish.
To come about
to occur; to take place. See under Come.
To go about
to undertake; to arrange; to prepare.
Round about
in every direction around.
- Shak.

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