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Meaning of “about” in the English Dictionary

"about" in British English

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aboutpreposition

uk   /əˈbaʊt/  us   /əˈbaʊt/
  • 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 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?)

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  • 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?)

aboutadverb

uk   /əˈbaʊt/  us   /əˈbaʊt/
  • 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."

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  • 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).

aboutadjective

uk   /əˈbaʊt/  us   /əˈbaʊt/
(Definition of about from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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aboutpreposition

 us   /əˈbɑʊt/
  • about preposition (CONNECTED WITH)

on the subject of; connected with: "What’s that book about?" "It’s about the Civil War." I don’t know what all the fuss is about. There’s something about her attitude that worries me.

aboutadverb [not gradable]

 us   /əˈbɑʊt/
a little more or less than a specific number; approximately: He’s about six feet tall. It happened about two months ago. I’ve had just about enough of your complaining (= I do not want to hear any more).

aboutadjective [+ to infinitive; not gradable]

 us   /əˈbɑʊt/
almost ready to do something, or intending to do something soon: He looked as if he was about to burst into tears. I’m not about to apologize to him.

aboutpreposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /əˈbɑʊt/ (also around)
positioned or moving in or near a place: Reporters stood about, waiting for more news.
(Definition of about from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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