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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 preposition

"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 8


Indicates surrounding. Shows where something is located in relation to something else. Can be used with many things.

Examples of how the word is used

about illustration On we went, floating towards the heart of this strange place--with water all about us.
about illustration He walked excitedly up and down, his thumbs thrust into the red silk sash that was knotted about his waist.