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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 3


Shows that something is hapening or commonly occurring. Can apply to many things.

Examples of how the word is used

about illustration There seems to be a lot of sickness about.
about illustration I can become very irritable if there is too much noise about.