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[ uh-bout ]
/ əˈbaʊt /
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preposition

adverb

adjective

moving around; astir: He was up and about while the rest of us still slept.
in existence; current; prevalent: Chicken pox is about.

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Origin of about

before 900; Middle English aboute(n), Old English abūtan, onbūtan on the outside of (a-a-1 + būtan outside (see but1, but2), equivalent to b(e) by1 + ūtan), cognate with Gothic utana,Old Norse, Old Saxon ūtan,Old Frisian ūta,Old High German ūzan(a) outside; see out; cf. above, abaft for formation
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British Dictionary definitions for about

about
/ (əˈbaʊt) /

preposition

adverb

adjective

(predicative) active; astir after sleepup and about
(predicative) in existence, current, or in circulationthere aren't many about nowadays
Old English abūtan, onbūtan on the outside of, around, from on + būtan outside
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