- Iadj. (cannot stand alone)ready
1) about to + inf. (the performance is about to begin)willing(colloq.) (AE)
2) not about to + inf. (we are not about to stop now; we are not about to be taken in by their campaign promises)misc.
3) to set about doing smt.IIprep.
1) be quick about it ('do it quickly')
2) how/what about us?We say 'to be angry/annoyed/furious/excited/worried/upset/sorry about something':- Are you excited about going on holiday next week? - I'm sorry about the noise last night. We were having a party. (but: sorry for doing something)
- What are you so angry/annoyed about?We say 'to care about someone/something' (= think someone/something is important):
- He is very selfish. He doesn't care about other people.We say 'to complain to someone about someone/something:
- We complained to the manager of the restaurant about the food.We say 'to dream/hear about someone/something':- Did you hear about the fight in the club on Saturday night?
- I dreamt about you last night.We say 'to think about someone/something' (= consider, concentrate the mind on):
- You're quiet this morning. What are you thinking about?The difference between 'think of ' and 'think about' is sometimes very small. Often you I can use 'of' or 'about':
- My sister is thinking of (or about) going to Canada.We say 'to do something about something' (= do something to improve a bad situation):
- The economic situation is getting worse and worse. The government ought to do something about it.We say 'to remind someone about something' (= tell someone not to forget):
- I'm glad you reminded me about the party. I had completely forgotten it.We say 'to warn someone about someone/something (of is also possible sometimes):
- I knew she was a bit strange before I met her. Tom had warned me about her.* * *[ə'baʊt]['misc. '] to set about doing smt.how/what about us?be quick about it ('do it quickly')(cannot stand alone) ['ready'] about to + inf. (the performance is about to begin)['willing'] (colloq.) (AE) not about to + inf. (we are not about to stop now; we are not about to be taken in by their campaign promises)
Combinatory dictionary. 2013.