(adjective, adverb, preposition)


1. on the move

- up and about

Similar word(s): active, astir

Sentences with about as an adjective:

- out and about;  up and about

- After my bout with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, it took me 6 months to be up and about again.


1. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

- in just about a minute

- he's about 30 years old

- I've had about all I can stand

Similar word(s): approximately, around, roughly, some

2. all around or on all sides

- dirty clothes lying around (or about)

- let's look about for help

Similar word(s): around

3. in the area or vicinity

- a few spectators standing about

Similar word(s): around

4. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

- wandering about with no place to go

- people were rushing about

- news gets around (or about)

Similar word(s): around

5. in or to a reversed position or direction

- about face

Similar word(s): around

6. in rotation or succession

- turn about is fair play

7. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

- the job is (just) about done

Similar word(s): almost, most, near, nearly, nigh, virtually

Sentences with about as an adverb:

- about as cold;  about as high

- to face about;  to turn one's self about

- a mile about, and a third of a mile across


1. In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of. [First attested prior to 1150.]

2. Near; not far from; regarding approximately time, size, quantity. [First attested prior to 1150.]

3. On the point or verge of.

- the show is about to start;

4. On one's person; nearby the person. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

5. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

6. Concerned with; engaged in; intent on. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

7. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

- He knew more about what was occurring than anyone.

8. (figuratively) In or near, as in mental faculties or (literally) in possession of; in control of; at one's command; in one's makeup. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]

- He has his wits about him.

9. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]