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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 11

Definition

Indicates near or on the person. Shows where something is located. Can apply to various things.

Examples of how the word is used

about illustration They said, they must have what money I had about me.
about illustration An English girl rarely to be found without a notebook and pen about her person.