1 round, around, close by, nearby, on every side:
Gather about, for I have something to tell you.
2 approximately, around, nearly, roughly, more or less, almost, close to or upon; give or take:
In 1685 London had been, for about half a century, the most populous capital in Europe. Light travels at about 186,000 miles a second.
3 to and fro, up and down, back and forth, here and there, hither and yon, far and wide, hither and thither:
He wandered about aimlessly for several days.
4 here and there, far and wide, hither and yon, hither and thither, helter-skelter:
My papers were scattered about as if a tornado had struck.
5 around, prevalent, in the air:
There is a lot of flu about this year.
6 approximately, nearly, close to, not far from, almost, just about, around:
It is about time you telephoned your mother.
7 around, surrounding, encircling:
There is a railing about the monument.
8 round, around, all round, everywhere, in all directions, all over:
Please look about the room for my hat.
9 near, nearby, adjacent to, beside, alongside, close by, nigh:
There were a lot of trees about the garden.
10 with, at hand, Colloq on:
I am sorry, but I haven't my cheque-book about me.
11 touching, concerning, connected with, involving, in or with reference to, in or with regard to, regarding, in the matter of, with respect to, respecting, relative to, relating to, apropos, Formal anent:
He wrote a book about the Spanish Armada.