Approximately; nearly: The interview lasted about an hour. Almost: The job is about done. To a reversed position or direction: Turn about and walk away slowly. In no particular direction: wandering about with no place to go. All around; on every side: Let's look about for help. In the area or vicinity; near: spoke to a few spectators standing about. In succession; one after another: Turn about is fair play. On the verge of; presently going to. Used with the infinitive: The chorus is about to sing. Usage Problem Used to show determination or intention in negative constructions with an infinitive: I am not about to concede the point. On all sides of; surrounding: I found an English garden all about me. In the vicinity of; around: explored the rivers and streams about the estate. Almost the same as; close to; near. In reference to; relating to; concerned with: a book about snakes. In the act or process of: While you're about it, please clean your room. In the possession or innate character of: Keep your wits about you. Moving here and there; astir: The patient is up and about. Being in evidence or existence: Rumors are about concerning his resignation.