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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 10

Definition

"In or on some place, near. Shows where things are located without specifying an exact locaion. Can apply to many things.

Examples of how the word is used

about illustration What brands of litter minimize the amount scattered about?
about illustration The Romans are pictured laying about eating grapes...