Complete Definition of "about"

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English

rank|man|upon|may|71|about|its|time|only

Etymology
OE. term|onbutan|onbūtan|langang, from term|on|langang + term|butan|būtan|outside|lang=ang.

Pronunciation
IPA|/É'baÊt/, SAMPA|/@"baUt/
audio|en-us-about.ogg|Audio (US)
audio|en-ca-about-real.ogg|Audio (CAN)

Hyphenation: a·bout

Preposition
en-prep

  1. Around; all round; outside or on every side of.

#: Quotations
#:* If thou beest not immortal look about you. - Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, II-iii
#:* Bind them about thy neck. - Proverbs 3:3

  1. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).

#: Quotations
#:* Have you much money about you? - Bulwer

  1. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.

#: Quotations
#:* Lampoons ... were handed about the coffeehouses. - Macaulay
#:* Roving still about the world. - Milton

  1. Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.

#: Quotations
#:* To-morrow, about this time. - Exodus 9:18
#:* She is about my height. - Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, IV-iv
#:* He went out about the third hour. - Matthew 20:3
#: Note: This use passes into the adverbial sense.

  1. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.

#: Quotations
#:* I must be about my Father's business. - Luke 2:49

  1. (Before a verbal noun or an infinitive): On the point or verge of; going; in act of.

#: Quotations
#:* Paul was now about to open his mouth. - Acts 18:14

  1. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.

#: Quotations
#:* To treat about thy ransom. - Milton
#:* She must have her way about Sarah. - Trollope

Translations
trans-top|around
Chemehuevi: -vacɨ
Czech: kolem, okolo
Chinese: å¤§æ¦ (dàgài), 约 (yÄo)
Danish: om, omkring, rundt om
Dutch: om, rond
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­
Finnish: ympärillä, ympäri, joka puolella
French: autour
German: um (herum)
Greek: ÏεÏί (perí), γÏÏÏ Î±ÏÏ (jiró apó)
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>ס××× ×...</span>
Kurdish: dorî, dorî
trans-mid
Maltese: madwar
Norwegian: rundt, omkring
Polish: dookoÅa, wokoÅo, wokóÅ
Portuguese: perto
Russian: кÑÑгом (krugóm), вокÑÑг (vokrúg)
Romanian: despre
Slovak: okolo#Slovak|okolo
Slovene: okoli, okrog
Spanish: alrededor
Swedish: om, runt
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trans-top|in the immediate neighborhood of
Danish: på
Dutch: omheen, bij, in de buurt
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­, kun (2, on oneâs person)
French: aux environs
Hebrew: ×××××ר, ×ס××××|ס×××ת
Kurdish: dorî
Norwegian: rundt
trans-mid
Polish: przy
Portuguese: perto
Romanian: lângÄ
Russian: ÑÑдом (rjádom), поблизоÑÑи (poblízosti), недалеко (nedalekó)
Slovak: pri#Slovak|pri
Spanish: cerca
Swedish: på
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trans-top|over or upon different parts of
Chemehuevi: -vacɨ
Danish: omkring, rundt om
Dutch: rond
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­, ÄirkaÅ­e en, tra
Finnish: ympäri
French: au-dessus, par dessus
German: über
trans-mid
Hebrew: ×¢×
Kurdish: dorî, dorî
Norwegian: rundt
Polish: ponad
Portuguese: por aí
Russian: по (po)
Slovak: okolo#Slovak|okolo
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trans-top|near
Chinese: æ¥è¿ (jiÄjìn)
Danish: omkring, cirka
Dutch: ongeveer
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­
Finnish: noin, suunnilleen
French: proche, à côté
German: ungefähr
Greek: κονÏά (kondá)
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>(×)ס××××ת</span>
trans-mid
Kurdish: dorî, nêzî, teqrîben
Norwegian: rundt
Polish: okoÅo
Portuguese: por volta
Russian: пÑиблизиÑелÑно (priblizítelâno), пÑимеÑно (primérno)
Slovak: okolo#Slovak|okolo
Slovene: okoli
Spanish: cerca
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trans-top|in concern with
Esperanto: atenta pri
French: au sujet, à propos
Kurdish: nêzî
Maltese: dwar
trans-mid
Norwegian: om
Russian: пÑо (pro)
Slovene: o
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trans-top|on the point or verge of
Danish: til, på vej til
Dutch: op het punt staan
Esperanto: -ota
French: en train, sur le point
Finnish: lähes, melkein
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>×¢×× ×...</span>
Japanese: ã¨ãã (tokoro)
trans-mid
Kurdish: teqrîben
Norwegian: på veg til
Portuguese: estar preste
Russian: гоÑов (gotóv)
Slovene: o
Spanish: a punto de
Swedish: på väg att
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trans-top|concerning
Czech: o
Danish: om, vedrørende, angående
Esperanto: pri
Finnish: (elative case)
Greek: για (jiá), ÏεÏί (perí)
French: au sujet, sur
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>××××, ××××ת</span>
Maltese: dwar
trans-mid
Norwegian: om, angående
Polish: o
Portuguese: sobre
Russian: о (+ prepositional case)
Slovene: o
Spanish: sobre
Swedish: om, angående
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Albanian: me, afër, përreth, për, rrotull
ttbc|Bengali: (samparke, byapare, bishaye)
ttbc|Indonesian: sekitar, sekeliling, kira|kira-kira, dekat, tentang
ttbc|Kurdish: dor, li dor, dor, dorî
ttbc|Lithuanian: apie, aplink
ttbc|Telugu: à°à±à°°à°¿à°à°à°¿, à°à±à°±à°¿à°à°à°¿
ttbc|Vietnamese: vá», quanh quất, quanh quẩn Äây Äó, rải rác, xung quanh, khoảng chừng, vào khoảng, bận, Äang làm, á», trong ngÆ°á»i, theo vá»i

Adverb
en-adv|-

  1. On all sides; around.

#: Quotations
#:* 'Tis time to look about. - Shakespeare, King Lear, IV-vii

  1. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
  2. Here and there; around; in one place and another.

#: Quotations
#:* Wandering about from house to house. - 1 Timothy 5:13

  1. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time.

#: Quotations
#:* There fell ... about three thousand men. - Exodus 22:28

  1. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.

Derived terms
bring about
come about
go about
how about
roundabout
set about
walkabout
what about

Translations
trans-top|on all sides
Danish: omkring
Dutch: rond
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­e
Finnish: ympärille
Greek: γÏÏÏ (jíro)
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>×ס×××</span>
Norwegian: rundt
trans-mid
Polish: dookoÅa, wokoÅo, wokóÅ
Russian: вокÑÑг (vokrúg)
Slovene: okrog
Spanish: alrededor
Swedish: runt
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trans-top|in circuit
Danish: i omkreds
Dutch: rond
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­e
Finnish: ympäri
Greek: γÏÏÏ (jíro)
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>×ס×××</span>
Norwegian: rundt
trans-mid
Polish: wkoÅo
Russian: в окÑÑжноÑÑи (v okrúžnosti)
Swedish: runt
Spanish: alrededor
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trans-top|here and there
Danish: omkring
Dutch: rond-
Esperanto: ÄirkaÅ­e
Finnish: siellä täällä
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>×ס×××, ×××××ר, ×ס××××</span>
Polish: wszÄdzie, wokoÅo, tu i tam, tu i ówdzie
trans-mid
Russian: ÑÑда-ÑÑда (tudá-s'udá), взад-впеÑÑд (vzad-vp'er'ód)
Swedish: runt
Spanish: alrededor
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trans-top|nearly
Danish: næsten, omkring
Dutch: ongeveer
Esperanto: proksimume, ÄirkaÅ­
Finnish: noin, likimain, sunnilleen
French: environ
German: ungefähr
Greek: ÏÏεδÏν
Hebrew: <span dir=rtl>×ער×</span>
trans-mid
Norwegian: nesten
Polish: okoÅo, niemal, prawie
Russian: поÑÑи (poÄtí)
Slovenian: približno, okoli
Spanish: alrededor
Swedish: ungefär
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trans-top|to a reserved position
Danish: omkring
Dutch: om-
Esperanto: returnen
Polish: wstecz
trans-mid
Russian: в обÑаÑнÑÑ ÑÑоÑÐ¾Ð½Ñ (v obrátnuju stóronu), обÑаÑно (obrátno)
Slovene: o
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Albanian: gati, , afërsisht, pothuajse, pranë, nja
ttbc|Ido: Cirkum
ttbc|Indonesian: sekitar, sekeliling, kira|kira-kira, dekat, tentang, kena|mengenai, hendak, akan
ttbc|Portuguese: cerca de
ttbc|Vietnamese: xung quanh, quanh quẩn, Äây Äó, rải rác, Äằng sau, khoảng chừng, gần, vòng, [[

Category:100 English basic words

am:about
ar:about
be:about
da:about
de:about
et:about
el:about
es:about
fa:about
fr:about
gl:about
ko:about
hy:about
io:about
id:about
it:about
kk:about
ku:about
hu:about
ml:about
ja:about
pl:about
pt:about
ro:about
ru:about
sm:about
simple:about
fi:about
ta:about
te:about
vi:about
tr:about
uk:about
zh:about

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