Sabtu, 19 Januari 2013


about kk. 1's about five o'clock 2 hampir it's about time to go, the glass about full.3 baru saja mau.he was about to go when his mother came 4 dimana-mana. don't throw cigarette butts about 5 disana-sini his books were scattered about.6 kesana-sini he's taking Margaret about a lot these days.

Alternative forms

  • (archaic) abowt; (abbreviation) a., (abbreviation) ab.,* (abbreviation) abt.


Etymology 1


  1. In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  2. Near; not far from; regarding approximately time, size, quantity; on the point or verge of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
    The show is about to start.
    I am not about to admit to your crime.
  3. On one's person; nearby the person. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  4. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  5. Concerned with; engaged in; intent on. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  6. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
    He knew more about what was occurring than anyone.
  7. (figuratively) In or near, as in mental faculties or (literally) in possession of; in control of; at one's command; in one's makeup. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
    He has his wits about him.
  8. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
Usage notes
  • (on the point or verge of): In modern English, always followed by an infinitive that begins with to. An archaic or obsolete form instead follows the about with the present participle.
  • (concerning): Used as a function word to indicate what is dealt with as the object of thought, feeling, or action.


about (not comparable)
  1. On all sides; around. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  2. Here and there; around; in one place and another; up and down. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  3. In succession; one after another; in the course of events. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  4. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, quantity, or time; almost. [First attested prior to 1150.]
    about as cold; about as high
  5. On the move; active; astir. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  6. Near; in the vicinity. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  7. To a reversed order; half round; facing in the opposite direction; from a contrary point of view. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
    to face about; to turn one's self about.
     (obsolete) Preparing; planning. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 18th century.]
  8. (archaic) In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; in circumference. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
    a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
  9. (nautical) To the opposite tack. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
  10. (chiefly North America, colloquial) Going to; on the verge of; intending to. [First attested in the early 16th century.]

Etymology 2

From Middle English about (adverb).


about (not comparable)
  1. Moving around; astir.
    out and about; up and about
  2. In existence; being in evidence; apparent;
  3. Normally active and capable.
    After my bout with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, it took me 6 months to be up and about again.


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