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Definition 1: (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lasted approximately an hour
  • in just about a minute
  • he's about 30 years old
  • I've had about all I can stand
  • we meet about once a month
  • some forty people came
  • weighs around a hundred pounds
  • roughly $3,000
  • holds 3 gallons, more or less
  • 20 or so people were at the party

Synonyms for about in the sense of this definition

Definition 2: in the area or vicinity - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a few spectators standing about
  • hanging around
  • waited around for the next flight

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Definition 3: in or to a reversed position or direction - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • about face
  • suddenly she turned around

Synonyms for about in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: in rotation or succession - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • turn about is fair play

Definition 5: used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wandering about with no place to go
  • people were rushing about
  • news gets around (or about)
  • traveled around in Asia
  • he needs advice from someone who's been around
  • she sleeps around

Synonyms for about in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the job is (just) about done
  • the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
  • we're almost finished
  • the car all but ran her down
  • he nearly fainted
  • talked for nigh onto 2 hours
  • the recording is well-nigh perfect
  • virtually all the parties signed the contract
  • I was near exhausted by the run
  • most everyone agrees

Synonyms for about in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: all around or on all sides - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dirty clothes lying around (or about)
  • let's look about for help
  • There were trees growing all around
  • she looked around her

Synonyms for about in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: on the move - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where about or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • up and about
  • the whole town was astir over the incident

Synonyms for about in the sense of this definition

(about is similar to ...) characterized by energetic activity

"an active toddler" "active as a gazelle" "an active man is a man of action"

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