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British English: /əˈbaʊt/
American English: /əˈbaʊt/
About is used after certain nouns, adjectives and verbs in English ( information about, a book about, curious about, worry about etc.); for translations, consult the appropriate entry ( book, information, curious, worry etc.). - About often appears in British English as the second element of certain verb structures ( move about, rummage about, lie about etc.); for translations, consult the relevant entries ( move, rummage, lie1 etc.) - Please note that circa, the Italian translation of about meaning approximately, can either precede or follow the expression it modifies: at about 6 pm = alle 18 circa/circa alle 18; about 25 students = 25 studenti circa/circa 25 studenti.


  • 1 (approximately) it's about the same as yesterday
    è pressappoco come ieri
    at about 6 pm it's about as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane [ironic]
    = è completamente inutile
  • 2 (almost) to be (just) about ready that seems about right
    sembra che vada bene o dovrebbe andar bene
    I've had just about enough of her!
    ne ho proprio abbastanza di lei!
    I've had about as much as I can take!
    ne ho abbastanza! non ne posso più!
  • 3 (in circulation)there was no-one about there are few people about there is a lot of food poisoning about
    ci sono molti casi di intossicazione alimentare in giro
    there's a lot of it about
    ce n'è in giro molto o ne circola molto
  • 4 (in the vicinity)to be somewhere about
    essere nei dintorni
    she must be somewhere about
    deve essere nei paraggi o da queste parti
  • 5 (indicating reverse position)the other way about
    al contrario


  • 1 (concerning, regarding)a book, film about somebody, something
    un libro, film su qualcuno, qualcosa
    to talk about
    parlare di (problem, subject)
    what's it about? (of book, film etc.)
    di che cosa parla?
    it's about… may I ask what it's about?
    potrei sapere di che cosa si tratta?
    I'm ringing about my results
    telefono per i miei risultati
    it's about my son's report
    riguarda la pagella di mio figlio
    about your overdraft…
    per quanto riguarda il o a proposito del suo scoperto di conto…
  • 2 (in the nature of)there's something weird, sad about him
    c'è qualcosa di strano, di triste in lui
    there's something about the place that intrigues me
    c'è qualcosa in questo posto che mi affascina
    what I like about her is
    ciò che mi piace di lei è
  • 3 (bound up with)business is about profit
    negli affari ciò che conta è il profitto
    teaching is all about communication that's what life is all about
    così è la vita
  • 4 (occupied with)to know what one is about
    sapere che cosa si fa
    mind what you're about! (British English)
    fa' attenzione a quel che fai!
    while you're about it…
    già che ci sei…
    and be quick about it!
    e fai alla svelta!
  • 7 (when soliciting opinions)what about the transport costs?
    che ne pensi delle spese di trasporto?
    what about us?
    e noi?
    “what about the dinner?” - “what about it?”
    “e la cena allora?” - “e la cena cosa?”
    what about you? what about Natasha?
    e Natasha?
  • 8 [formal] (on)hidden about one's person
    (drugs, arms)
    nascosto sulla propria persona
    to have, keep (all) one's wits about one
    essere attento e pronto ad agire, conservare la propria presenza di spirito


  • 1 (expressing future intention)to be about to do
    essere sul punto di fare o stare per fare
  • 2 (rejecting course of action)I'm not about to do
    non ho intenzione di fare
  • 3 (awake)
    in piedi
    you were (up and) about early this morning
    eri in piedi presto questa mattina

transitive verb

  • fare virare di bordo


it's about time (that) …

sarebbe ora (che) …

about time too!

era ora!

that's about it

(that's all) è tutto
(that's the situation) le cose stanno più o meno così
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