- Moving around; astir.
"out and about; up and about"
- Normally active and capable.
"After my bout with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, it took me 6 months to be up and about again."
- In existence; being in evidence; apparent;
- Here and there; around; in one place and another; up and down. [First attested before 1150.]
- In succession; one after another; in the course of events. [First attested before 1150.]
- (nautical) To the opposite tack. [First attested in the late 15th century.
- (chiefly Canada, US, colloquial) Going to; on the verge of; intending to. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
- On all sides; around. [First attested before 1150.]
- Near; in the vicinity. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- To a reversed order; half round; facing in the opposite direction; from a contrary point of view. [First attested around 1150 to 1350]
"to face about; to turn one's self about"
- (archaic) In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; in circumference. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
"a mile about, and a third of a mile across"
- Not distant; approximate.
- Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, quantity, or time; almost. [First attested before 1150.]
"about as cold; about as high"
- On the move; active; astir. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.
- (obsolete) Preparing; planning. [Attested from around 1150 to 1350 until the late 18th century.
- Concerned with; engaged in; intent on. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
- In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
- Near; not far from; regarding approximately time, size, quantity. [First attested prior to 1150.]
- Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
- (figuratively) In or near, as in mental faculties or (literally) in possession of; in control of; at one's command; in one's makeup. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
"He has his wits about him."
- In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
- On one's person; nearby the person. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
- Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
"He knew more about what was occurring than anyone."
- On the point or verge of.
"the show is about to start;"