From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishabouta‧bout1 /əˈbaʊt/ ●●●S1W1 preposition1ABOUTconcerning or relating to a particular subjecta book about politicsShe said something about leaving town.He lied about his age.About that car of yours. How much are you selling it for?What’s he on about (=talking about)?It’s about Tommy, doctor. He’s been sick again.Naturally, my mother wanted to know all about it (=all the details relating to it).2used to show why someone is angry, happy, upset etcI’m really worried about Jack.She’s upset about missing the party.3ABOUTin many different directions within a particular place, or in different parts of a place syn around, roundWe spent the whole afternoon walking about town.Books were scattered about the room.4ABOUTin the nature or character of a person or thingThere’s something really strange about Liza.What I like about the job is that it’s never boring.5 →what/how about somebody/something6 →do something about something7PURPOSEif an organization, a job, an activity etc is about something, that is its basicpurposeLeadership is all about getting your team to co-operate.8 →it’s all about somebody/something9 →while you’re about it10 →what was all that about?11literaryALsurrounding a person or thingJo sensed fear and jealousy all about her. → be quick about itat quick1(5), → go about your businessat business(12)THESAURUSabout used when saying what the subject of something isShe’s always talking about you.In her novels she writes about life in South Africa.There’s something I wanted to ask you about.on about a particular subjecta book on English grammar a report on poverty in rural areasconcerning/regarding formal aboutPrince Saiid answered questions concerning Kuwait’s future.The report raises a number of questions regarding food safety.with regard to formal about – used especially when you want to start talking or writing about somethingDear Sir, I’m writing with regard to your advertisement in The Times.re used in business letters and in emails to introduce the subject that you are going to write aboutRe: Friday’s meeting
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about• What's all the fussabout?• Basically, the job's all about helping people get off welfare.• I'm not sure what it is about her, but guys really like her.• There was death all about her.• They were talking aboutmusic.• This leaflet should answer all the questions you have aboutswitching to digitalTV.• What did you like bestabout the book?• an articleabout the famine• I'm reading a really good book at the moment - it's about the French Revolution.• Trash and food were strewnabout the room.• About this weekend - is everyone still going?• I've been thinking about what you said, and I've decided that you're right.• Toby talks about you all the time.It’s about• It's about a three-hour drive.• Well, it's about making money.• Detective work is about a lot of things, mostly it's about not giving up.• It's aboutsomebody who was killed here.• I was hoping there was, cosit's about time I got back home - it's getting pretty late.• But it isn't, and it's about time the public knew that.• Constantrain, and when it's not raining it looks as if it's about to.• For realracistsit's about white rulepure and simple.There’s something ... about• All the same, there's something contrived about it, Miles.• I find the music extremely humorous, there's something ridiculous about it.• There's something almost Miltonic about it.• There's something morbid about my appetite, he thought.• There's something about one lighted window in an otherwise dark building that teases the imagination.• There's something wrong about that.• There's something not right about the way he goes on with her.• There's something rather unhealthy about this particular game.all about• I don't see what the big fuss is all about.• She guessed what it was all about.• We must learn what this New Education is all about!• The most ominous thing of all about Drumcree is that it has confirmed the politicalbankruptcy of unionism.• Nancy knew all about it: Pa had confided in her a lot toward the end of his life.• I then went off on holiday and forgotall about it.• Scepticism is all aboutmatchingbelief to evidence.• Its all about money, how much we have how much we make and what we spend it one.aboutabout2 ●●●S1W1 adverb1 (also round about spoken)APPROXIMATELY a little more or less than a particular number, amount, or size syn roughly, approximatelyI live about 10 miles away.a tiny computer about as big as a postcardWe left the restaurant at round about 10.30.► see thesaurus at approximateRegisterIn written English, people usually prefer to use approximately, as it sounds more technical:The cost to taxpayers is approximately $200 billion.2ABOUT British English in many different directions within a place or in different parts of a place syn aroundPeople were rushing about, trying to find the driver.Cushions were scattered about on the chairs.3HEREnear to you or in the same place as youIs Derek about? There’s a phone call for him.Quick! Let’s go while there’s no-one about.4British English spokenCOMMONexisting or available nowI hope she hasn’t caught flu. There’s a lot of it about.She might get temporary work, but there’s not much about.5informalALMOST almost or probablyI was about ready to leave when somebody rang the doorbell.‘Have you finished?’ ‘Just about.’It’s just about the worst mistake anyone could make.6 →that’s about it/all7OPPOSITE/REVERSEso as to face in the opposite direction syn aroundHe quickly turned about and walked away.