(adj.) on the move; 'up and about'; 'the whole town was astir over the incident' .

(adv.) in the area or vicinity; 'a few spectators standing about'; 'hanging around'; 'waited around for the next flight'.

(adv.) all around or on all sides; 'dirty clothes lying around (or about)'; 'let's look about for help'; 'There were trees growing all around'; 'she looked around her'.

(adv.) in or to a reversed position or direction; 'about face'; 'suddenly she turned around'.

(adv.) used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction; 'wandering about with no place to go'; 'people were rushing about'; 'news gets around (or about)'; 'traveled around in Asia'; 'he needs advice from someone who's been around'; 'she sleeps around'.

(adv.) (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but; 'the job is (just) about done'; 'the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded'; 'we're almost finished'; 'the car all but ran her down'; 'he nearly fainted'; 'talked for nigh onto 2 hours'; 'the recording is well-nigh perfect'; 'virtually all the parties signed the contract'; 'I was near exhausted by the run'; 'most everyone agrees'.

(adv.) in rotation or succession; 'turn about is fair play'.

Checked by Laurie--From WordNet


(prep.) Around; all round; on every side of.

(prep.) In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).

(prep.) Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.

(prep.) Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.

(prep.) In concern with; engaged in; intent on.

(prep.) On the point or verge of; going; in act of.

(prep.) Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.

(adv.) On all sides; around.

(adv.) In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.

(adv.) Here and there; around; in one place and another.

(adv.) Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time.

(adv.) To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.

Checked by Jo

Synonyms and Synonymous

prep. [1]. Around, round, encircling, surrounding.[2]. Near, near to, not far from.[3]. Concerning, touching, respecting, relating to, relative to, with respect to, with reference to, in regard to, with regard to.[4]. Through, over.

ad. [1]. Around, here and there.[2]. Nearly, near, approximately, not far from.[3]. Ready, in a state of readiness, on the point.

Checked by Llewellyn

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Almost, {with_respect_to}, near, nearly, touching, concerning, surrounding,relative_to, relating_to, {in_relation_to}, approximately, touching, roughly,generally

ANT:Afar, {away_or_afar_from}, precisely, exactly

Inputed by Erma


prep. round on the outside: around: here and there in: near to: concerning: engaged in.—adv. around: nearly: here and there.—Bring about to cause to take place; Come about to take place; Go about to prepare to do; Put about disturbed; To be about to be astir; Turn about alternately.

Inputed by Cecile


Inputed by Cecile


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