Translation of about in Spanish:
- 1 (approximately) he's about my ageshe must be about 60tiene más o menos mi edadat about six o'clockdebe (de) tener alrededor de or unos 60 añosdebe (de) andar por los 60 [colloquial]there were about 12 of usalrededor de or a eso de las seissobre las seis (Spain)they should be arriving about nowéramos unos 12éramos como 12in about three hoursdeben (de) estar a punto de llegarabout a month agoen unas tres horasthe soup must be about ready by nowhace cosa de un meshará un mesthat's about it for todayla sopa tiene que estar ya casi listaabout time too!eso es todo por hoyExample 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 eatingI'm not about to mention it to herestábamos a punto de empezar a comerjusto estábamos por empezar a comer (Latin America)no tengo la más mínima intención de mencionárselo
- 3 3.1 (from one place to another) See examples: the dog followed him aboutshe travels about a lotel perro lo seguía a todas parteshe knows his way aboutviaja muchoshe's very old and can't get about very easilyconoce la ciudad ( or la zona etc)3.2 (in various directions) See examples: he was waving a knife aboutes muy mayor y le cuesta desplazarseshe rummaged about in her bagblandía un cuchillohe glanced about nervouslyrevolvió en el bolsomiraba nervioso a su alrededorExample 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.
- 4 4.1 (in the vicinity, in circulation) (especially British English) is Teresa about?there's not much traffic about today¿Teresa anda por aquí?she's about somewhere, she's somewhere abouthoy no hay mucho tráficoI'm not usually about that earlyanda por aquíthere's a lot of flu aboutno suelo estar allí/aquí tan tempranohe's very mean — there's a lot of it abouthay mucha gente con gripe4.2 (on all sides)es muy tacaño — eso es algo que abunda(especially British English) [literary]por todas partesExample 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.
- 1 1.1 (concerning) a book about Greecewhat's the play about?un libro acerca de or sobre Greciahe wants to see you — what about?¿de qué se trata la obra?she said nothing about thatquiere verte — ¿acerca de qué?about tonight: are you coming?no dijo nada acerca de or (con) respecto a or sobre esowhat was all that shouting about?(con) respecto a lo de esta noche ¿vas a venir?what about Helen? isn't she coming?¿a qué venían todos esos gritos?and Helen? — what about Helen?¿y Helen? ¿no viene?that's what it's all about¿y Helen? — ¿qué pasa con Helen?politics is all about persuading peoplede eso se trataI don't know what to buy her — what about a record?en política de lo que se trata es de convencer a la genteshe won — how about that!no sé qué comprarle — ¿qué te parece or qué tal un disco?what he is/they are aboutI hope you know what you're aboutganó — ¡pues qué te parece! or ¡pues mira tú!I don't understand what he's aboutespero que sepas lo que haces1.2 (pertaining to) See examples: there's something about him that I don't likeno entiendo qué es lo que pretendewhat's so unusual about that?tiene algo que no me acaba de gustarthe place has a certain charm about it¿qué tiene eso de raro?el lugar tiene cierto encanto
- 2 (engaged in) See examples: while you're about it, could you fetch my book?why did you take so long about it?¿me traes el libro de paso?ya que estás ¿me traes el libro?¿por qué tardaste or (especially Latin America) demoraste tanto (en hacerlo)?
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