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about (əˈbaʊt Pronunciation for about



  1. relating to; concerning; on the subject of
  2. near or close to (in space or time)
  3. carried on   ⇒ I haven't any money about me
  4. on every side of; all the way around
  5. active in or engaged in   ⇒ she is about her business
  6. See about to


  1. approximately; near in number, time, degree, etc   ⇒ about 50 years old
  2. nearby
  3. here and there; from place to place; in no particular direction   ⇒ walk about to keep warm
  4. all around; on every side
  5. in or to the opposite direction   ⇒ he turned about and came back
  6. in rotation or revolution   ⇒ turn and turn about
  7. used in informal phrases to indicate understatement   ⇒ I've had just about enough of your insults, it's about time you stopped
  8. (archaic) in circumference; around


  1. (predicative) active; astir after sleep   ⇒ up and about
  2. (predicative) in existence, current, or in circulation   ⇒ there aren't many about nowadays

Word Origin

Old English abūtan, onbūtan on the outside of, around, from on + būtan outside


View thesaurus entry
= regarding, on, re, concerning, touching, dealing with, respecting, referring to, relating to, concerned with, connected with, relative to, with respect to, as regards, anent
= around, over, through, round, throughout, surrounding, all over, encircling, on all sides
= near, around, close to, bordering, nearby, beside, close by, adjacent to, just round the corner from, in the neighbourhood of, alongside of, contiguous to, within sniffing distance of, at close quarters to, a hop, skip and a jump away from
= approximately, around, almost, nearing, nearly, approaching, close to, roughly, just about, more or less, in the region of, in the vicinity of, not far off, circa
= everywhere, around, all over, here and there, on all sides, in all directions, to and fro, from place to place, hither and thither

Translations for 'about'

  • British English: aboutPronunciation for about About means near to something.His grandfather is about 80 years old.əˈbaʊt ADVERBnear to
  • Arabic: حَوَاليPronunciation for حَوَالي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: aproximadamentePronunciation for aproximadamente
  • Chinese: 关于Pronunciation for 关于
  • Croatian: okoPronunciation for oko
  • Czech: kolemPronunciation for kolem
  • Danish: omkringPronunciation for omkring
  • Dutch: ongeveerPronunciation for ongeveer
  • European Spanish: más o menosPronunciation for más o menos
  • Finnish: suunnilleenPronunciation for suunnilleen
  • French: autour dePronunciation for autour de
  • German: ungefährPronunciation for ungefähr
  • Greek: περίπουPronunciation for περίπου
  • Italian: circaPronunciation for circa
  • Japanese: およそPronunciation for およそ
  • Korean: 대략Pronunciation for 대략
  • Norwegian: omkringPronunciation for omkring
  • Polish: mniej więcejPronunciation for mniej więcej
  • Portuguese: aproximadamentePronunciation for aproximadamente
  • Romanian: aproape
  • Russian: околоPronunciation for около
  • Spanish: más o menosPronunciation for más o menos
  • Swedish: omkringPronunciation for omkring
  • Thai: ใกล้Pronunciation for ใกล้
  • Turkish: yaklaşıkPronunciation for yaklaşık
  • Ukrainian: приблизно
  • Vietnamese: khoảngPronunciation for khoảng
  • British English: aboutPronunciation for about About means to do with.This book is about history.əˈbaʊt PREPOSITIONto do with
  • Arabic: عَنْPronunciation for عَنْ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sobrePronunciation for sobre
  • Chinese: 关于Pronunciation for 关于
  • Croatian: oPronunciation for o
  • Czech: oPronunciation for o
  • Danish: omPronunciation for om
  • Dutch: overPronunciation for over
  • European Spanish: acerca dePronunciation for acerca de
  • Finnish: NO TRANSLATIONPronunciation for NO TRANSLATION
  • French: à propos dePronunciation for à propos de
  • German: überPronunciation for über
  • Greek: περίPronunciation for περί
  • Italian: suPronunciation for su
  • Japanese: ・・・についてPronunciation for ・・・について
  • Korean: ...에 관하여Pronunciation for ...에 관하여
  • Norwegian: omPronunciation for om
  • Polish: oPronunciation for o
  • Portuguese: sobrePronunciation for sobre
  • Romanian: despre
  • Russian: оPronunciation for о об
  • Spanish: acerca dePronunciation for acerca de
  • Swedish: omPronunciation for om
  • Thai: เกี่ยวกับPronunciation for เกี่ยวกับ
  • Turkish: hakkındaPronunciation for hakkında
  • Ukrainian: про
  • Vietnamese: vềPronunciation for vềliên quan đến

Example Sentences Including 'about'

Despite his age there's something of the adolescent about him.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Charlotte wanted to know whether Marianne had ever found out about the `affair'.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
I told her I knew absolutely nothing about Christian's family, only that he had no children.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)


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