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about

preposition uk   /əˈbaʊt/ us  

about preposition (CONNECTED WITH)

A1 on the subject of, or connected with: What's that book about? a film about the Spanish Civil War We were talking/laughing about Sophie. He's always (going) on about what a great job he's got. I'm worried about David. I really don't know what all the fuss is about. I wish you'd do something about (= take action to solve the problem of) your bedroom - it's a real mess.UK informal Could you make me a coffee too while you're about it (= while you are making one for yourself)? What didn't you like about the play? There's something about (= in the character of) her attitude that worries me. There's something special about him (= in his character). "Is that your car?" "Yes, what about it?" (= Why are you asking me?)Regarding and concerningLinking and relating

about preposition (NO ORDER)

mainly UK (US usually around) positioned around a place, often without a clear purpose or order: Their belongings were flung about the room.

about preposition (POSITION)

UK formal in a particular place: Do you have such a thing as a pen about you/your person? (= Do you have a pen?)

about

adverb uk   /əˈbaʊt/ us  

about adverb (APPROXIMATELY)

A1 a little more or less than the stated number or amount: about six feet tall about two months ago "What time are you leaving work today?" "About five."Approximate

about adverb (ALMOST)

almost: We're about ready to leave. Well, I think that's about it for now (= we have almost finished what we are doing for the present).

about adverb (ALL DIRECTIONS)

B2 mainly UK (US usually around) in many different directions: They heard someone moving about outside. I've been running about all morning trying to find you.General location and orientation

about adverb (NO ORDER)

B2 mainly UK (US usually around) positioned around a place, often without a clear purpose or order: She always leaves her clothes lying about on the floor.General location and orientation

about adverb (PLACE)

mainly UK (US usually around) in or near a place: Is John about (= somewhere near)? There's a lot of flu about (= many people have it) at the moment.General location and orientation

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