About
About A*bout", adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster]

'Tis time to look about. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster]

3. Here and there; around; in one place and another. [1913 Webster]

Wandering about from house to house. --1 Tim. v. 13. [1913 Webster]

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.'' --Exod. xxii. 28. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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