Textual thesaurus for "about"

(adj) astir

on the move

up and about; the whole town was astir over the incident

(adv) more or less, or so, some, roughly, approximately, around, just about, close to

(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

lasted approximately an hour; in just about a minute; he's about 30 years old; I've had about all I can stand; we meet about once a month; some forty people came; weighs around a hundred pounds; roughly $3,000; holds 3 gallons, more or less; 20 or so people were at the party

(adv) around

in the area or vicinity

a few spectators standing about; hanging around; waited around for the next flight

(adv) around

all around or on all sides

dirty clothes lying around (or about); let's look about for help; There were trees growing all around; she looked around her

(adv) around

in or to a reversed position or direction

about face; suddenly she turned around

(adv) around

used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

wandering about with no place to go; people were rushing about; news gets around (or about); traveled around in Asia; he needs advice from someone who's been around; she sleeps around

(adv) virtually, well-nigh, near, nearly, nigh, most, almost

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

the job is (just) about done; the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded; we're almost finished; the car all but ran her down; he nearly fainted; talked for nigh onto 2 hours; the recording is well-nigh perfect; virtually all the parties signed the contract; I was near exhausted by the run; most everyone agrees