a·bout / əˈbout/ • prep. 1. on the subject of; concerning: I was thinking about you. ∎ so as to affect: there's nothing we can do about it. ∎ (be about) be involved or to do with; have the intention of: it's all about having fun.2. used to indicate movement within a particular area: she looked about the room.3. used to express location in a particular place: rugs strewn about the hall. ∎ used to describe a quality apparent in a person: there was a look about her that said everything. • adv. 1. used to indicate movement in an area: men were floundering about.2. used to express location in a particular place: there was a lot of flu about.3. (used with a number or quantity) approximately: he's about 35.PHRASES: about to do something intending to do something or close to doing something very soon: the ceremony was about to begin.be not about to do something be unwilling to do something: he is not about to step down.how about see how1 .just about see just.up and about see up.what about see what.