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English definition of “about”

about

  /əˈbaʊt/ adv
A1 close to a particular number or time, although not exactly that number or time: It happened about two months ago.
UK to or in different parts of a place: She just leaves her clothes lying about.
about to do something going to do something very soon: I’m about to leave.
(Definition of about adv from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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