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meanings of about


  1. Concerned with; engaged in; intent on.
  2. See about to.
  3. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect.
  4. On the point or verge of.
  5. In hand, in the process of doing.
  6. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
  7. Within or in the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place.
  8. Indicates that something will happen very soon; indicates a plan or intention to do something.
  9. On one's person; nearby the person.
  10. In or near, as in mental faculties or in the possession of; under the control of; at one's command; in one's makeup.
  11. In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of.


  1. Indicating unproductive or unstructured activity.
  2. From one place or position to another in succession; indicating repeated movement or activity.
  3. Near; in the vicinity.
  4. On all sides; around.
  5. To a reversed order; half round; facing in the opposite direction; from a contrary point of view.
  6. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; in circumference.
  7. Here and there; around; in one place and another; up and down.
  8. To the opposite tack.
  9. In succession; one after another; in the course of events.
  10. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence in quality, manner, degree, quantity, or time; almost.


  1. In existence; being in evidence; apparent.
  2. Moving around; astir.
  3. Near; in the vicinity or neighbourhood.

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