A*bout" (#), prep. [OE. aboute, abouten, abuten; AS. abutan, onbutan; on + butan, which is from be by + utan outward, from ut out. See But, Out.]


Around; all round; on every side of.

"Look about you." Shak. "Bind them about thy neck." Prov. iii. 3.


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

"Have you much money about you?"



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

Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses. Macaulay.

Roving still about the world. Milton.


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

"To-morrow, about this time." Exod. ix. 18. "About my stature." Shak.

He went out about the third hour. Matt. xx. 3.

⇒ This use passes into the adverbial sense.


In concern with; engaged in; intent on.

I must be about my Father's business. Luke ii. 49.

6. Before a verbal noun or an infinitive:

On the point or verge of; going; in act of.

Paul was now aboutto open his mouth. Acts xviii. 14.


Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.

"To treat about thy ransom."


She must have her way about Sarah. Trollope.


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A*bout", adv.


On all sides; around.

'Tis time to look about. Shak.


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


Here and there; around; in one place and another.

Wandering about from house to house. 1 Tim. v. 13.


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

"There fell . . . about three thousand men."

Exod. xxii. 28.


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

To bring about, to cause to take place; to accomplish. -- To come about, to occur; to take place. See under Come. -- To go about, To set about, to undertake; to arrange; to prepare. "Shall we set about some revels? Shak. -- Round about, in every direction around.


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