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* Besides prepositions, the following signify "about":--

A — 1: κυκλόθεν

(Strong's #2943 — Adverb — kuklothen — koo-kloth'-en )

"round about, or all round" (from kuklos, "a circle, cycle"), is found in the Apocalypse only, 4:3,4,8.

A — 2: κύκλῳ

(Strong's #2945 — Adverb — kuklo — koo'-klo )

the dative case of kuklos (see above), means "round about," lit., "in a circle." It is used in the same way as No. 1, Mark 3:34; 6:6,36; Luke 9:12; Romans 15:19; Revelation 4:6; 5:11; 7:11 .

A — 3: πού

(Strong's #4225 — Adverb — pou — poo )

an indefinite particle, signifying "somewhere, somewhere about, nearly," has a limiting force, with numerals, e.g., Romans 4:19 . In referring to a passage in the OT, it is translated "somewhere," in the RV of Hebrews 2:6; 4:4 (AV, "in a certain place"); by not mentioning the actual passage referred to, the writer acknowledged the familiar acquaintance of his readers with the OT. See PLACE.

A — 4: ὡς

(Strong's #5613 — Adverb — hos — hoce )

usually means "as." Used with numerals it signifies "about," e.g., Mark 5:13; 8:9 John 1:40; 6:19; 11:18; Acts 1:15; Revelation 8:1 .

A — 5: ὡσεί

(Strong's #5616 — Adverb — hosei — ho-si' )

"as if," before numerals, denotes "about, nearly, something like," with perhaps an indication of greater indefiniteness than No. 4, e.g., Matthew 14:21; Luke 3:23; 9:14,28; Acts 2:41; with a measure of space, Luke 22:41 , "about a stone's cast." See LIKE.

B — 1: μέλλω

(Strong's #3195 — Verb — mello — mel'-lo )

signifies (a) "of intention, to be about to do something," e.g., Acts 3:3; 18:14; 20:3; Hebrews 8:5; (b) "of certainty, compulsion or necessity, to be certain to act," e.g., John 6:71 . See ALMOST , BEGIN , COME , INTEND , MEAN , MIND , POINT OF (at), READY , SHALL , SHOULD , TARRY.

Note: Zeteo, "to seek," is translated "were about" in the AV of Acts 27:30; RV, correctly, "were seeking to."

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'About'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/a/about.html. 1940.

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