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American English: /əˈbaʊt/
British English: /əˈbaʊt/

Translation of about in Spanish:


about often appears as the second element of certain verb structures in English ( fool about, knock about, move about, etc). For translations, see the relevant verb entry ( fool, knock, move, etc)
  • 1 (approximately) he's about my age
    tiene más o menos mi edad
    she must be about 60
    debe (de) tener alrededor de or unos 60 años
    debe (de) andar por los 60 [colloquial]
    at about six o'clock
    alrededor de or a eso de las seis
    sobre las seis (Spain)
    there were about 12 of us
    éramos unos 12
    éramos como 12
    they should be arriving about now
    deben (de) estar a punto de llegar
    in about three hours
    en unas tres horas
    about a month ago
    hace cosa de un mes
    hará un mes
    the soup must be about ready by now
    la sopa tiene que estar ya casi lista
    that's about it for today
    eso es todo por hoy
    about time too!
    ¡ya era hora!
    Example sentences
    • A lot of us got out and waited for the emergency services, who arrived within about ten minutes.
    • Arab traders took Islam to the area in about the twelfth century, possibly even earlier.
    • I read the graphic and then saw the film all within about a week of each other.
  • 2to be about to + infinitiveI'm sorry, you were about to say something we were just about to start eating
    estábamos a punto de empezar a comer
    justo estábamos por empezar a comer (Latin America)
    I'm not about to mention it to her
    no tengo la más mínima intención de mencionárselo
  • 3 3.1 (from one place to another) the dog followed him about
    el perro lo seguía a todas partes
    she travels about a lot
    viaja mucho
    he knows his way about
    conoce la ciudad ( or la zona etc. )
    she's very old and can't get about very easily
    es muy mayor y le cuesta desplazarse
    Example sentences
    • They emptied the pool of its water by splashing about and then threw toys and sand into it.
    • What does swimming about and spontaneously singing bits of the Batman theme song mean?
    • You go in feet first - there's enough room to move about and then come out head first.
    3.2 (in various directions) he was waving a knife about
    blandía un cuchillo
    she rummaged about in her bag
    revolvió en el bolso
    he glanced about nervously
    miraba nervioso a su alrededor
  • 4 4.1 (in the vicinity, in circulation) (esp British)is Teresa about?
    ¿Teresa anda por aquí?
    there's not much traffic about today
    hoy no hay mucho tráfico
    she's about somewhere, she's somewhere about
    anda por aquí
    I'm not usually about that early
    no suelo estar allí/aquí tan temprano
    there's a lot of flu about
    hay mucha gente con gripe
    he's very mean — there's a lot of it about
    es muy tacaño — eso es algo que abunda
    Example sentences
    • The site was overgrown and there was refuse strewn about the area.
    • Houdini relied on great skill, low cunning, and keeping tiny metal picklocks concealed about his person.
    • I have friends scattered about Australia.
    4.2 (on all sides) (esp British) [literary]
    por todas partes


  • 1 1.1 (concerning) a book about Greece
    un libro acerca de or sobre Grecia
    what's the play about?
    ¿de qué se trata la obra?
    he wants to see you — what about?
    quiere verte — ¿acerca de qué?
    she said nothing about that
    no dijo nada acerca de or (con) respecto a or sobre eso
    about tonight: are you coming?
    (con) respecto a lo de esta noche ¿vas a venir?
    what was all that shouting about?
    ¿a qué venían todos esos gritos?
    what about Helen? isn't she coming?
    ¿y Helen? ¿no viene?
    and Helen? — what about Helen?
    ¿y Helen? — ¿qué pasa con Helen?
    that's what it's all about
    de eso se trata
    politics is all about persuading people
    en política de lo que se trata es de convencer a la gente
    I don't know what to buy her — what about a record?
    no sé qué comprarle — ¿qué te parece or qué tal un disco?
    she won — how about that!
    ganó — ¡pues qué te parece! or ¡pues mira tú!
    what he is/they are aboutI hope you know what you're about
    espero que sepas lo que haces
    I don't understand what he's about
    no entiendo qué es lo que pretende
    1.2 (pertaining to) there's something about him that I don't like
    tiene algo que no me acaba de gustar
    what's so unusual about that?
    ¿qué tiene eso de raro?
    the place has a certain charm about it
    el lugar tiene cierto encanto
  • 2 (engaged in) while you're about it, could you fetch my book?
    ¿me traes el libro de paso?
    ya que estás ¿me traes el libro?
    why did you take so long about it?
    ¿por qué tardaste tanto (en hacerlo)?
    ¿por qué demoraste tanto (en hacerlo)? (Latin America)
  • 3 3.1 (in, on, through) (esp British)they were playing about the house
    estaban jugando en la casa
    he wandered about the empty streets
    recorrió las calles vacías
    3.2 (encircling) [literary] 3.3 (on one's person) (British) do you have a pencil about you?
    ¿tienes un lápiz?
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