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a·bout

about

 
pronunciation:
baUt
parts of speech:
preposition, adverb, adjective
phrases:
about to
part of speech: preposition
definition 1: concerning.
The library has some nice books about trains.
 
definition 2: near; in the area of.
They are about the office somewhere.
definition 3: on each side of; around.
All about me was ocean, as far as the eye could see.
 
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: more or less; nearly.
It costs about ten dollars.
similar words:
approximately, in the neighborhood of
definition 2: on all sides; here and there.
Look about for the lost sock.
definition 3: in the same area; nearby.
They are somewhere about.
similar words:
near
definition 4: to the opposite direction.
Turn the car about.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: moving around.
He was out and about early.
phrase: about to