about Definition

  • 1on the subject of; concerning
  • 2used to indicate movement within a particular area
  • 3used to express location or position

Using about: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "about" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We were talking about the weather.

  • Example

    He wrote a book about his travels in South America.

  • Example

    The cat is about the house.

  • Example

    She looked about the room, searching for her keys.

about Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for about

Phrases with about

  • used to express that something should have happened sooner


    It's about time you got here!

  • a complete change of opinion or policy


    The company did an about-face on their decision to lay off workers.

  • on the point of doing something


    I was about to leave when the phone rang.

Origins of about

from Old English 'abutan', meaning 'on the outside of'


Summary: about in Brief

'About' [əˈbaʊt] is a preposition used to indicate the subject of conversation or movement within a particular area. It can also express location or position. Examples include 'We were talking about the weather' and 'The cat is about the house.' Phrases like 'about time' and 'about face' use 'about' to denote a change or a point in time, respectively.

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