about\ to
1. Close to; ready to. - Used with an infinitive.

We were about to leave when the snow began.

I haven't gone yet, but I'm about to.

Compare: going to, on the point of
2. informal Having a wish or plan to. - Used with an infinitive in negative sentences.

Freddy wasn't about to give me any of his ice-cream cone.

"Will she come with us?" asked Bill. "She's not about to," answered Mary.


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  • about to — 1. Close to; ready to. Used with an infinitive. * /We were about to leave when the snow began./ * /I haven t gone yet, but I m about to./ Compare: GOING TO, ON THE POINT OF. 2. {informal} Having a wish or plan to. Used with an infinitive in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • about to — 1. Close to; ready to. Used with an infinitive. * /We were about to leave when the snow began./ * /I haven t gone yet, but I m about to./ Compare: GOING TO, ON THE POINT OF. 2. {informal} Having a wish or plan to. Used with an infinitive in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • About — A*bout , adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster] Tis time to look about. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster] 3. Here and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bring about — About A*bout , adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster] Tis time to look about. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster] 3. Here… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • To go about — About A*bout , adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster] Tis time to look about. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster] 3. Here… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set about — About A*bout , adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster] Tis time to look about. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster] 3. Here… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go about — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • about — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English abūtan, from 1a + būtan outside more at but Date: before 12th century 1. a. reasonably close to < about a year ago > b. almost < about starved > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To go a-begging — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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