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about /əˈbaʊt/ preposition
about adverb
about adjective


درباره ، گرداگرد ، پیرامون ، دور تا دور ، در اطراف ، نزدیک ، قریب ، در حدود ، در باب ، راجع به ، در شرف ، در صدد ، نزد ، در ، بهر سو ، تقریبا ، بالاتر ، (نظ). فرمان عقب گرد
کامپیوتر: درباره ، حدود

[TahlilGaran] Persian Dictionary

about
[preposition]
Synonyms:
- regarding, as regards, concerning, dealing with, on, referring to, relating to
- near, adjacent to, beside, circa (used with dates), close to, nearby
[adverb]
Synonyms:
- nearly, almost, approaching, approximately, around, close to, more or less, roughly
Related Idioms: close by, in one's course, hard by, not far from, in point of, with regard to, all over
Related Words: back and forth, hither and thither, to and fro, aimlessly, carelessly, casually
English Thesaurus: about, on, concerning/regarding, with regard to, re, ...

[TahlilGaran] English Synonym Dictionary

I. about1 S1 W1 /əˈbaʊt/ preposition

1. concerning or relating to a particular subject:
a book about politics
She said something about leaving town.
He lied about his age.
About that car of yours. How much are you selling it for?
What’s he on about (=talking about)?
It’s about Tommy, doctor. He’s been sick again.
Naturally, my mother wanted to know all about it (=all the details relating to it).

2. used to show why someone is angry, happy, upset etc:
I’m really worried about Jack.
She’s upset about missing the party.

3. in many different directions within a particular place, or in different parts of a place Synonym : around, round:
We spent the whole afternoon walking about town.
Books were scattered about the room.

4. in the nature or character of a person or thing:
There’s something really strange about Liza.
What I like about the job is that it’s never boring.

5. what/how about somebody/something spoken
a) used to ask a question that directs attention to another person or thing:
What about Jack? We can’t just leave him here.
I’m feeling hungry. How about you?
b) used to make a suggestion:
How about a salad for lunch?

6. do something about something to do something to solve a problem or stop a bad situation:
If we don’t do something about it, the problem is going to get worse.
What can be done about the rising levels of pollution?

7. if an organization, a job, an activity etc is about something, that is its basic purpose:
Leadership is all about getting your team to co-operate.

8. it’s all about somebody/something used to say who or what is important in a situation:
It’s all about money, and who’s got the most.

9. while you’re about it spoken used to tell someone to do something while they are doing something else because it would be easier to do both things at the same time:
Go and see what’s the matter, and while you’re about it you can fetch me my sweater.

10. what was all that about? spoken used to ask the reason for something that has just happened, especially someone’s angry behaviour

11. literary surrounding a person or thing:
Jo sensed fear and jealousy all about her.
be quick about it at quick1(5), ⇒ go about your business at business(12)

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. about2 S1 W1 adverb
[Language: Old English; Origin: abutan, from a- 'on' + butan 'outside']

1. (also round about spoken) a little more or less than a particular number, amount, or size Synonym : roughly, approximately:
I live about 10 miles away.
a tiny computer about as big as a postcard
We left the restaurant at round about 10.30.

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In written English, people usually prefer to use approximately, as it sounds more technical:
The cost to taxpayers is approximately $200 billion.

2. British English in many different directions within a place or in different parts of a place Synonym : around:
People were rushing about, trying to find the driver.
Cushions were scattered about on the chairs.

3. near to you or in the same place as you:
Is Derek about? There’s a phone call for him.
Quick! Let’s go while there’s no-one about.

4. British English spoken existing or available now:
I hope she hasn’t caught flu. There’s a lot of it about.
She might get temporary work, but there’s not much about.

5. informal almost or probably:
I was about ready to leave when somebody rang the doorbell.
‘Have you finished?’ ‘Just about.’
It’s just about the worst mistake anyone could make.

6. that’s about it/all spoken
a) used to tell someone that you have told them everything you know:
He was a quiet chap, married with kids. That’s about it, really.
b) used to say that there is nothing else available:
There’s some cheese in the fridge and that’s about it.

7. so as to face in the opposite direction Synonym : around:
He quickly turned about and walked away.

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

III. about3 adjective

1. be about to do something if someone is about to do something, or if something is about to happen, they will do it or it will happen very soon:
We were just about to leave when Jerry arrived.
Work was about to start on a new factory building.

2. not be about to do something informal used to emphasize that you have no intention of doing something:
I’ve never smoked in my life and I’m not about to start now.
out and about at out1(3), ⇒ be up and about at up1(11)

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

about
I.
adjective
BAD: I was about leaving when the telephone rang.
GOOD: I was about to leave when the telephone rang.

Usage Note:
be about to do sth (NOT doing )
Compare: 'I was just leaving when the telephone rang.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

about
II.
preposition
1.
BAD: I am always delighted when I receive a letter from you. About the party on December 26th, I shall be very pleased to attend.
GOOD: I am always delighted when I receive a letter from you. With regard to the party on December 26th, I shall be very pleased to attend.
BAD: People usually sleep with the doors and windows closed. About public transport, the bus and train services are excellent.
GOOD: People usually sleep with the doors and windows closed. As for public transport, the bus and train services are excellent.

Usage Note:
About may be used to introduce a topic (or change of topic), but only in informal styles: 'About that book you asked for - I'll get you a copy when I go to London.'
In other styles, use with regard to, regarding, as for, as regards or as far as ... is concerned : 'With regard to the matter of unemployment, I would like to add a few remarks to those of the previous speaker.' 'I regret to inform you that Language and Culture is out of print. As regards your second question, I suggest that you write to the British Museum.'

2.
BAD: It all depends on how different the new country is from your own. About myself, I haven't experienced any culture shock but then this is my second trip to the States.
GOOD: It all depends on how different the new country is from your own. In my own case, I haven't experienced any culture shock but then this is my second trip to the States.

Usage Note:
To show that you are going to start talking about your own personal experience or situation, use in my own case or (especially in informal styles) as for me/myself : 'Many people have benefited from the operation. In my own case, I began to feel better immediately.' 'Most of my friends like school. As for me, I can't wait to leave.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

something about
something about (someone or something)
something strange/special/curious about someone or something
There is something about the woman that is very strange.

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary

something about something
something about (someone or something)
something strange/special/curious about someone or something
There is something about the woman that is very strange.

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary


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