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Pronunciation: /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) más o menos, aproximadamente 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/familiar] at about six o'clock alrededor de or a eso de las seis, sobre las seis (Spain/España) 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 + infinitive/infinitivo I'm sorry, you were about to say something perdón, ibas a decir algo we were just about to start eating estábamos a punto de empezar a comer, justo estábamos por empezar a comer (Latin America/América Latina) 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 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
    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.
  • 4 4.1 (in the vicinity, in circulation) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) 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 4.2 (on all sides) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [literary/literario], por todas partes
    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.


  • 1 1.1 (concerning) sobre, acerca de 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 about I 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 or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) demoraste tanto (en hacerlo)?
  • 3 3.1 (in, on, through) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) 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/literario] alrededor de 3.3 (on one's person) (British English/inglés británico) do you have a pencil about you? ¿tienes un lápiz?

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