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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.
My son loves his book about trains.Tell us about your trip!
 
similar words:
in point of, touching
definition 2: in the immediate area of.
The supervisor is about the office somewhere.
definition 3: on each side of; around.
There are so many trees about the house that it's somewhat dark inside.
definition 4: connected or associated with.
There was an air of mystery about the other two passengers.
definition 5: near; close to.
We are about the same age.Let's plant the tree about here.
similar words:
near, round
 
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: more or less; approximately.
A new one costs about fifty dollars.The nearest gas station is about twenty miles from here.
similar words:
approximately, in the neighborhood of, nearly, say
definition 2: nearly; almost.
I'm about done with my work, so I'll be down for dinner soon.They're just about ready to leave.
definition 3: in various directions, or in no particular direction; here and there.
We walked about downtown a bit before we went to the restaurant.You have to spread the seeds about more.He stood in front of his dog, scolding and waving his finger about.
definition 4: in the immediate area; nearby.
The kids are somewhere about.
similar words:
near
definition 5: to the opposite direction.
You can't get out that way; you'll have to turn the car about.His back was toward me, but he spun about when I called his name.
definition 6: in a relaxed or lazy manner.
We love to go the beach and lie about in the sun all afternoon.They just strolled about on the boardwalk for an hour.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: moving around.
He was out and about early.
phrase: about to