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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 a·bout /əˈbaʊt/ 介詞
 關於, 對於, 與…有關

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 a·bout /əˈbaʊt/ 副詞
 大約, 左右, 差不多;
 在周圍, 在附近, 到處

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·bout prep.
 1. Around; all round; on every side of.   “Look about you.” --Shak. “Bind them about thy neck.” --Prov. iii. 3.
 2. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).  “Have you much money about you?”
 3. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
    Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses.   --Macaulay.
    Roving still about the world.   --Milton.
 4. Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.   “To-morrow, about this time.” --Exod. ix. 18. About my stature.” --Shak.
    He went out about the third hour.   --Matt. xx. 3.
 Note:This use passes into the adverbial sense.
 5. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
    I must be about my Father's business.   --Luke ii. 49.
 6. Before a verbal noun or an infinitive: On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
    Paul was now aboutto open his mouth.   --Acts xviii. 14.
 7. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.  “To treat about thy ransom.”
    She must have her way about Sarah.   --Trollope.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·bout, adv.
 1. On all sides; around.
    'Tis time to look about.   --Shak.
 2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
 3. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
    Wandering about from house to house.   --1 Tim. v. 13.
 4. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time. “There fell . . . about three thousand men.”
 5. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.
 To bring about, to cause to take place; to accomplish.
 To come about, to occur; to take place. See under Come.
 To go about, To set about, to undertake; to arrange; to prepare. “Shall we set about some revels?” --Shak.
 Round about, in every direction around.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : on the move; "up and about"; "the whole town was astir over
            the incident" [syn: about(p), astir(p)]
      adv 1: (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" [syn: approximately,
              close to, just about, some, roughly, more or
             less, around, or so]
      2: 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" [syn: around]
      3: in the area or vicinity; "a few spectators standing about";
         "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight"
         [syn: around]
      4: 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" [syn: around]
      5: in or to a reversed position or direction; "about face";
         "brought the ship about"; "suddenly she turned around"
         [syn: around]
      6: in rotation or succession; "turn about is fair play"
      7: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite
         accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for
         `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for
         `almost'; "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" [syn: just about, almost, most, all
         but, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh]