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Posted: 02-08-2020, 09:45 PM
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Alternative forms[edit]
  • (archaicabowt; (abbreviationa., (abbreviationab.,* (abbreviationabt.
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[*]Etymology[edit]
Preposition and adverb from Middle English [i]aboute[/i], [i]abouten[/i], from Old English [i]abūtan[/i],[1] [i]onbūtan[/i], from [i]on[/i] (“in, on”) +‎ [i]būtan[/i] (“outside of”),[2] from [i]be[/i] (“by”) +‎ [i]ūtan[/i] (“outside”).[3]
Adjective from Middle English [i]about[/i] (adverb).
Preposition[edit]
[b]about[/b]

  1. In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of. [First attested prior to 1150.][2] quotations ▼The snake was coiled [b]about[/b] his ankle.
  2. 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.][2] quotations ▼Rubbish was strewn [b]about[/b] the place.The children were running [b]about[/b] the room.He was well known [b]about[/b] town.
  3. Indicates that something will happen very soon; indicates a plan or intention to do something.

    1. (with 'to' and verb infinitiveSee [b]about to[/b].
    2. (with present participle, obsolete or dialect) On the point or verge of. quotations ▼
  4. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.][2] quotations ▼
    [i]He talked a lot [b]about[/b] his childhood.[/i]

    [i]We must do something [b]about[/b] this problem.[/i]
    Synonyms: aproposas forsee also Thesaurus:about

  5. Concerned with; engaged in; intent on. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.][2] quotations ▼to be [b]about[/b] one's business
  6. Within or in the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][2]I can't find my reading glasses, but they must be somewhere [b]about[/b] the house.John's in the garden, probably somewhere [b]about[/b] the woodshed.
  7. On one's person; nearby the person. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.][2] quotations ▼I had no weapon [b]about[/b] me but a stick.
  8. (figuratively) In or near, as in mental faculties or (literally) in the possession of; under the control of; at one's command; in one's makeup. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][2] quotations ▼
    [i]He has his wits [b]about[/b] him.[/i]

    [i]There was an air of confidence [b]about[/b] the woman.[/i]

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