Definition of be about to do something in English:

be about to do something


  • Intend to do something, or be close to doing something, very soon:

    ‘the ceremony was about to begin’
    • ‘The first major battle over public sector pensions could be about to begin.’
    • ‘I had been about to close the door, but I stopped, afraid that the noise it would make would be disruptive.’
    • ‘Nicol easily controlled the next two games, and seemed to be about to close out the match.’
    • ‘The council is about to begin consultation with residents on the options for council tax.’
    • ‘As the elevator doors were about to close, someone pushed the open button outside.’
    • ‘They may be used to control symptoms in women who are close to the menopause for whom symptoms may soon be about to improve anyway.’
    • ‘He leaps aboard and the most extraordinary adventure of his young life is about to begin.’
    • ‘The Government is about to close the door and stop all new referrals from receiving these drugs.’
    • ‘Gavin is about to begin a music course at college and hopes to become a session musician when he graduates.’
    • ‘We showed up at the barn right when they were about to begin milking the cows.’
    going to, ready to, all set to, preparing to, intending to, soon to
    on the point of, on the verge of, on the brink of, within an ace of
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