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a‧bout1 S1 W1
1 concerning or relating to a particular subject:
a book about politics
She 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).
2 used to show why someone is angry, happy, upset etc:
I'm really worried about Jack.
She's upset about missing the party.
3 in many different directions within a particular place, or in different parts of a place [= around, round]:
We spent the whole afternoon walking about town.
Books were scattered about the room.
4 in the nature or character of a person or thing:
There's something really strange about Liza.
What I like about the job is that it's never boring.
5

what/how about somebody/something

spoken
a) used to ask a question that directs attention to another person or thing:
What about Jack? We can't just leave him here.
I'm feeling hungry. How about you?
b) used to make a suggestion:
How about a salad for lunch?
6

do something about something

to do something to solve a problem or stop a bad situation:
If we don't do something about it, the problem is going to get worse.
What can be done about the rising levels of pollution?
7 if an organization, a job, an activity etc is about something, that is its basic purpose:
Leadership is all about getting your team to co-operate.
8

while you're about it

spoken used to tell someone to do something while they are doing something else because it would be easier to do both things at the same time:
Go and see what's the matter, and while you're about it you can fetch me my sweater.
9

what was all that about?

spoken used to ask the reason for something that has just happened, especially someone's angry behaviour
10 literary surrounding a person or thing:
Jo sensed fear and jealousy all about her.

➔ be quick about it

at quick1 (5)

; ➔ go about your business

at business (12)

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