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 History of this Word

"about" is from "abutan" (round) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

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grammar is modifier

"about" is a type of small common word

"about" is a part of the expression: bring about, cast about, come about, go about, how about, just about, knock about, mill about, see about, set about, stick about, up and about

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Meaning 1

Definition

Indicates almost, nearly or just before. Shows something is not compete. Often used before "to". Can be used to modify many things.

Examples of how the word is used

about illustration I feel like I'm about to start a big adventure...
about illustration I was about to laugh.