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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 9

Definition

Indicates in various places. Shows that something is scattered around an area. Shows where something is located. Can be used with many things and places.

Examples of how the word is used

about illustration Their presence is due to the bird feeders we scatter about the yard.
about illustration We find only three youths sitting about.