Definition of "about" [a•bout]

  • Approximately; nearly: The interview lasted about an hour. (adverb)
  • Almost: The job is about done. (adverb)
  • To a reversed position or direction: Turn about and walk away slowly. (adverb)
  • In no particular direction: wandering about with no place to go. (adverb)
  • All around; on every side: Let's look about for help. (adverb)
  • Relating to; concerning; on the subject of (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Near or close to (in space or time) (preposition)
  • Carried on (preposition)
  • On every side of; all the way around (preposition)
  • Active in or engaged in (preposition)
  • Approximately; near in number, time, degree, etc (adverb)
  • Nearby (adverb)
  • Here and there; from place to place; in no particular direction (adverb)
  • All around; on every side (adverb)
  • In or to the opposite direction (adverb)
  • In rotation or revolution (adverb)
  • Used in informal phrases to indicate understatement (adverb)
  • In circumference; around (adverb)
  • Active; astir after sleep (adjective)
  • In existence, current, or in circulation (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "about" in a sentence
  • "I, too, lament this..and will be doing something about it like I mentioned last month..about reading more complete series..which is what my "older" books mentioned above will consist of."
  • "When in the late summer of 2008 he first publicly floated a trial balloon about seeking a third term, he did it by saying he\'d have to \ "seriously think about\" running if the Council decided to upend the two-term constraint."
  • "If you LISTEN to what he says you will hear loud and clear how much he cares about the state of this country and how he wants to provide solutions to the issues we face, including tax relief, healthcare for everyone and addressing the disaster that Bill Clinton ** knew about and did nothing about** known as global warming."