Synonyms of about in English:

about


See definition of about

preposition

1‘a book about ancient Greece’

SYNONYMS

regarding, concerning, with reference to, referring to, with regard to, with respect to, respecting, relating to, on, touching on, dealing with, relevant to, with relevance to, connected with, in connection with, on the subject of, in the matter of, apropos, re

Scottish anent

2‘two hundred people were milling about the room’

SYNONYMS

around, round, throughout, over, through, all over, in all parts of, on every side of, encircling, surrounding

here and there, everywhere

3‘they aren't seen about here very often’

SYNONYMS

near, nearby, close to, not far from, not far away from, a short distance from, in the vicinity of, in the neighbourhood of, within reach of, adjacent to, beside, around, a stone's throw away from

informal within spitting distance of, a hop, skip, and a jump away from

4‘while I am about it, I had better apologize for what happened’

SYNONYMS

occupied with, concerned with, busy with, taken up with, employed in, involved in, absorbed in, in the process of, in the course of, in the midst of, in the throes of

conducting, pursuing, following, practising


adverb

1‘there were babies crawling about in the grass’

SYNONYMS

around, here and there, to and fro, back and forth, from place to place, hither and thither, in every direction, in all directions, abroad

2‘although I hadn't seen him for two years, I knew he was about somewhere’

SYNONYMS

near, nearby, around, about the place, hereabouts, not far away, not far off, close by, in the vicinity, in the neighbourhood, at hand, within reach, on the doorstep, around the corner, just around the corner

3‘we think the explosion has caused about £15,000 worth of damage’

SYNONYMS

approximately, roughly, around, round about, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, of the order of, something like

or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, more or less, give or take a few, not far off

British getting on for

circa

informal as near as dammit

North American informal in the ballpark of

ANTONYMS

exactly, precisely

4‘he gave orders to turn about’

SYNONYMS

in the opposite direction, in the reverse direction, around, backwards, to face the other way

5‘there was a lot of flu about’

SYNONYMS

around, in circulation, in existence, current, going on, prevailing, prevalent, widespread, pervasive, endemic, happening, in the air, abroad


Phrases

    about to

      ‘I was about to climb into bed when the bell rang’

      SYNONYMS

      going to, ready to, all set to, preparing to, intending to, soon to

      on the point of, on the verge of, on the brink of, within an ace of