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 for About
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  About \A*bout"\, prep. [OE. aboute, abouten, abuten; AS.
     [=a]butan, onbutan; on + butan, which is from be by + utan
     outward, from ut out. See But, Out.]
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     1. Around; all round; on every side of. "Look about you."
        --Shak. "Bind them about thy neck." --Prov. iii. 3.
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     2. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or
        proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
        "Have you much money about you?" --Bulwer.
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     3. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in
        various directions; here and there in; to and fro in;
        throughout.
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              Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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              Roving still about the world.         --Milton.
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     4. Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time,
        size, quantity. "To-morrow, about this time." --Exod. ix.
        18. "About my stature." --Shak.
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              He went out about the third hour.     --Matt. xx. 3.
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     Note: This use passes into the adverbial sense.
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     5. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
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              I must be about my Father's business. --Luke ii. 49.
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     6. Before a verbal noun or an infinitive: On the point or
        verge of; going; in act of.
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              Paul was now aboutto open his mouth.  --Acts xviii.
                                                    14.
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     7. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching. "To
        treat about thy ransom." --Milton.
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              She must have her way about Sarah.    --Trollope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  About \A*bout"\, adv.
     1. On all sides; around.
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              'Tis time to look about.              --Shak.
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     2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the
        outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
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     3. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
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              Wandering about from house to house.  --1 Tim. v.
                                                    13.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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