# Almost vs. About — What's the Difference?

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#### Almost

In set theory, when dealing with sets of infinite size, the term almost or nearly is used to refer to all but a negligible amount of elements in the set. The notion of "negligible" depends in the context, and may mean "of measure zero" (in a measure space), "countable" (when uncountably infinite sets are involved), or "finite" (when infinite sets are involved).For example: The set S = { n ∈ N | n ≥ k } {\displaystyle S=\{n\in \mathbb {N} \,|\,n\geq k\}} is almost N {\displaystyle \mathbb {N} } for any k {\displaystyle k} in N {\displaystyle \mathbb {N} } , because only finitely many natural numbers are less than k {\displaystyle k} .
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On the subject of; concerning
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#### Almost

Not quite; very nearly
He almost knocked Georgina over
The place was almost empty
Blues, jazz—he can play almost anything
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Used to indicate movement within a particular area
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#### Almost

Slightly short of; not quite; nearly
Almost time to go.
Was almost asleep.
Had almost finished. See Usage Note at none.
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Used to express location in a particular place
Rugs were strewn about the hall
He produced a knife from somewhere about his person
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#### Almost

Very close to, but not quite.
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Used to indicate movement within an area
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#### Almost

(mathematics) Up to, except for a negligible set where negligible is not universally but contextually defined.
Almost all
Almost no
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Used to express location in a particular place
There was a lot of flu about
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#### Almost

A null set; except for a set of measure 0.
Almost everywhere
Almost nowhere
Almost certain
Almost sure
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(used with a number or quantity) approximately
Reduced by about 5 per cent
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#### Almost

(informal) Something or someone that doesn't quite make it.
In all the submissions, they found four papers that were clearly worth publishing and another dozen almosts.
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Approximately; nearly
The interview lasted about an hour.
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#### Almost

Nearly; well nigh; all but; for the greatest part.
Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
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Almost
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#### Almost

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; near' is sometimes used informally for nearly' and most' is sometimes used informally for almost';
The job is (just) about done
The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
We're almost finished
The car all but ran her down
He nearly fainted
Talked for nigh onto 2 hours
The recording is well-nigh perfect
Virtually all the parties signed the contract
I was near exhausted by the run
Most everyone agrees
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To a reversed position or direction
Turn about and walk away slowly.
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In no particular direction
Wandering about with no place to go.
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All around; on every side
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In the area or vicinity; near
Spoke to a few spectators standing about.
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In succession; one after another
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On the verge of doing something; presently going to do something. Used with the infinitive
The chorus is about to sing.
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Usage Problem Used to show determination or intention in negative constructions with an infinitive
I am not about to concede the point.
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On all sides of; surrounding
I found an English garden all about me.
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In the vicinity of; around
Explored the rivers and streams about the estate.
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Almost the same as; close to; near.
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In reference to; relating to; concerned with
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In the act or process of
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In the possession or innate character of
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Moving here and there; astir
The patient is up and about.
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Being in evidence or existence
Rumors are about concerning his resignation.
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In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of.
The snake was coiled about his ankle.
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Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
Rubbish was strewn about the place.
The children were running about the room.
He was well known about town.
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Indicates that something will happen very soon; indicates a plan or intention to do something.
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(with 'to' and verb infinitive) See about to.
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On the point or verge of.
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Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect.
He talked a lot about his childhood.
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Concerned with; engaged in; intent on.
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Within or in the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place.
I can't find my reading glasses, but they must be somewhere about the house.
John's in the garden, probably somewhere about the woodshed.
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On one's person; nearby the person.
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(figurative) In or near, as in mental faculties or (literally) in the possession of; under the control of; at one's command; in one's makeup.
He has his wits about him.
There was an air of confidence about the woman.
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On all sides; around.
I looked about at the scenery that surrounded me.
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Here and there; around; in one place and another; up and down.
Bits of old machinery were lying about.
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From one place or position to another in succession; indicating repeated movement or activity.
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Indicating unproductive or unstructured activity.
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Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence in quality, manner, degree, quantity, or time; almost.
It's about as cold as it was last winter.
He owes me about three hundred dollars.
I was so scared, I about fainted.
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Near; in the vicinity.
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To a reversed order; half round; facing in the opposite direction; from a contrary point of view.
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(nautical) To the opposite tack: see go about.
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In succession; one after another; in the course of events.
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(archaic) In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; in circumference.
A mile about, and a third of a mile across
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Moving around; astir.
After my bout with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, it took me 6 months to be up and about again.
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In existence; being in evidence; apparent.
This idea has been about for a while but has only recently become fashionable.
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Near; in the vicinity or neighbourhood.
I had my keys just a minute ago, so they must be about somewhere.
Watch out, there's a thief about.
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Around; all round; on every side of.
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In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
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Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
Lampoons . . . were handed about the coffeehouses.
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Near; not far from; - determining approximately time, size, quantity.
He went out about the third hour.
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In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
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On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
Paul was now aboutto open his mouth.
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Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.
She must have her way about Sarah.
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On all sides; around.
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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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Here and there; around; in one place and another.
Wandering about from house to house.
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Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; - also of quantity, number, time.
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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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On the move;
The whole town was astir over the incident
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(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct;
Lasted approximately an hour
We meet about once a month
Some forty people came
Weighs around a hundred pounds
Roughly \$3,000
Holds 3 gallons, more or less
20 or so people were at the party
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All around or on all sides;
Dirty clothes lying around (or about)
There were trees growing all around
She looked around her
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In the area or vicinity;
Hanging around
Waited around for the next flight
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To or among many different places or in no particular direction;
Wandering about with no place to go
Traveled around in Asia
He needs advice from someone who's been around
She sleeps around
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In or to a reversed position or direction;
Suddenly she turned around
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In rotation or succession;
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(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; near' is sometimes used informally for nearly' and most' is sometimes used informally for almost';
The job is (just) about done
The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
We're almost finished
The car all but ran her down
He nearly fainted
Talked for nigh onto 2 hours
The recording is well-nigh perfect
Virtually all the parties signed the contract
I was near exhausted by the run
Most everyone agrees
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