About

Adjective

  • 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;

Adverb

  • 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.

Preposition

  • 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;"

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