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English definition of “about”


A1 close to a particular number or time , although not exactly that number or time : It happened about two months ago.
be about to do something to be going to do something very soon : I’m about to leave .
(Definition of about adverb from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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