from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Approximately; nearly: The interview lasted about an hour.
- adv. Almost: The job is about done.
- adv. To a reversed position or direction: Turn about and walk away slowly.
- adv. In no particular direction: wandering about with no place to go.
- adv. All around; on every side: Let's look about for help.
- adv. In the area or vicinity; near: spoke to a few spectators standing about.
- adv. In succession; one after another: Turn about is fair play.
- adv. On the verge of; presently going to. Used with the infinitive: The chorus is about to sing.
- adv. Usage Problem Used to show determination or intention in negative constructions with an infinitive: I am not about to concede the point.
- prep. On all sides of; surrounding: I found an English garden all about me.
- prep. In the vicinity of; around: explored the rivers and streams about the estate.
- prep. Almost the same as; close to; near.
- prep. In reference to; relating to; concerned with: a book about snakes.
- prep. In the act or process of: While you're about it, please clean your room.
- prep. In the possession or innate character of: Keep your wits about you.
- adj. Moving here and there; astir: The patient is up and about.
- adj. Being in evidence or existence: Rumors are about concerning his resignation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Moving around; astir.
- adj. In existence; being in evidence; apparent;
- adj. Normally active and capable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. On all sides; around.
- adv. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside.
- adv. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
- adv. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; ; -- also of quantity, number, time.
- adv. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Around; in circuit; circularly; round and round; on every side; in every direction; all around.
- Circuitously; in a roundabout course.
- Hither and thither; to and fro; up and down; here and there.
- Near in time, number, quantity, quality, or degree; nearly; approximately; almost.
- [In contracts made on the New York Stock Exchange, the term about means “not more than three days” when applied to time, and “not more than 10 per cent.” when used with reference to a number of shares.]
- In readiness; intending; going: after the verb to be.
- At work; astir; begin in earnest: used with the force of an imperative.
- Nautical, to take a different direction, as a vessel in tacking.
- On the outside or outer surface of; surrounding; around; all around.
- Near to in place; close to; at: as, about the door. See the adv., 4.
- Over or upon different parts; here and there; backward and forward; in various directions.
- Near or on one's person; with; at hand.
- In relation to; respecting; in regard to; on account of.
- Concerned in; engaged in: as, what is he about?
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
- adv. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
- adv. in the area or vicinity
- adj. on the move
- adv. in rotation or succession
- adv. all around or on all sides
- adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
- adv. in or to a reversed position or direction
I, too, lament this..and will be doing something about it like I mentioned last month..about reading more complete series..which is what my "older" books mentioned above will consist of.
When in the late summer of 2008 he first publicly floated a trial balloon about seeking a third term, he did it by saying he\'d have to \ "seriously think about\" running if the Council decided to upend the two-term constraint.
If you LISTEN to what he says you will hear loud and clear how much he cares about the state of this country and how he wants to provide solutions to the issues we face, including tax relief, healthcare for everyone and addressing the disaster that Bill Clinton ** knew about and did nothing about** known as global warming.
So when I say that walls need to come down, I mean that we all need to be more honest about what our jobs mean, why we work and how they can be improved, which means tolerance for talking *about* work in a social context.
(Neo-Meinongians might also want to say that on their view, ˜3 is prime™ is about the number 3, but in saying this, they would be using ˜about™ in a way that doesn't entail the existence of 3.)
Ermmmmm..i think you were talking about...about..about that game.
But then, I began having doubts about my former side, when I noticed that conservative magazines were full of articles talking at length *about* liberals, but rarely a quote *by* one, and when there were, a sentence fragment, often proving to be taken out of context themselves.
I was about to host the meeting of my "Movie Group" about a dozen people who gather monthly to watch together some film of substance and then discuss it afterwards over a pot-luck dinner.
Basically, they'll talk about that and cook, and they'll talk aboutߞ
Yeah, people here think about it all the time, talk about it, but only with those they trust implicitly, but it's damned hard to do.