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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

about, approximately, approximately about, around, roughly, roughly about

About and around often replace the more formal approximately. If there is a difference, it is that approximately suggests a more careful calculation. Avoid redundant wording such as roughly about or approximately about; instead use about, approximately, around or roughly.

  • We waited about 30 minutes for the bus.
  • Teresa won approximately $500 last week with Lotto 6/49.
  • Redundant wording:
    Alessandro’s father is roughly about 40 years old.
  • Standard usage:
    Alessandro’s father is roughly (or around or about) 40 years old.