Spanish translation of 'about'
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1. (= approximately) más o menos ⧫ aproximadamente ⧫ alrededor de
about £20 unas 20 libras ⧫ 20 libras más o menos
there were about 25 guests había unos 25 invitados ⧫ había como 25 invitados (esp Latin America)
about seven years ago hace unos siete años
at about two o’clock a eso de las dos ⧫ sobre las dos
it’s about two o’clock son las dos, más o menos
he must be about 40 tendrá alrededor de 40 años
that’s about all I could find eso es más o menos todo lo que podía encontrar
that’s about it eso es(, más o menos)
it’s just about finished está casi terminado
that’s about right eso es(, más o menos)
he’s about the same sigue más o menos igual
it’s about time you stopped ya es hora de que lo dejes
is anyone about? ¿hay alguien?
is Mr Brown about? ¿está por aquí el Sr. Brown?
to be about again (after illness) estar levantado
we were about early nos levantamos temprano
all about (= everywhere) por todas partes
there’s a lot of measles about hay mucho sarampión ⧫ está dando el sarampión
there isn’t much money about hay poco dinero ⧫ la gente tiene poco dinero
to run about correr por todas partes
he must be about somewhere debe de andar por aquí
there’s a thief about por aquí anda un ladrón
to walk about pasearse
to be about to do sth estar a punto de or (Latin America) por hacer algo
nobody is about to sell it nadie tiene la más mínima intención de venderlo
I’m not about to do all that for nothing no pienso hacer todo eso gratis
1. (= relating to) de ⧫ acerca de ⧫ sobre
a book about gardening un libro de jardinería ⧫ un libro sobre la jardinería
I can tell you nothing about him no le puedo decir nada acerca de él
I’m phoning about tomorrow’s meeting llamo por la reunión de mañana
they fell out about money riñeron por cuestión de dinero
about the other night, I didn’t mean what I said respecto a la otra noche, no iba en serio cuando dije esas cosas
do something about it! ¡haz algo!
there’s nothing I can do about it no puedo hacer nada al respecto
how or what about this one? ¿qué te parece este?
he was chosen out of 200, how or what about that! entre 200 lo eligieron a él, ¡quién lo diría! or ¡fíjate!
how or what about coming with us? ¿por qué no vienes con nosotros?
how or what about a drink? ¿vamos a tomar una copa?
how or what about a song? ¿por qué no nos cantas algo?
how or what about it? (= what do you say?) ¿qué te parece?; (= what of it?) ¿y qué?
how or what about me? y yo, ¿qué?
what’s that book about? ¿de qué trata ese libro?
what did she talk about? ¿de qué habló?
what’s all this noise about? ¿a qué se debe todo este ruido?
“I want to talk to you” — “what about?” —quiero hablar contigo —¿acerca de qué?
2. (= particular to)
there’s something about him (that I like) tiene un no sé qué (que me gusta)
there’s something about a soldier los soldados tienen un no sé qué
he had a mysterious air about him tenía un cierto aire misterioso
there’s something odd about it aquí hay algo raro
3. (= doing)
while you’re about it can you get me a beer? ya que estás en ello ¿me traes una cerveza?see also go about
and while I’m about it I’ll talk to your father y de paso hablaré con tu padre
you’ve been a long time about it has tardado bastante en hacerlo
4. (= intending)
I can’t imagine what he was about when he did that no entiendo lo que pretendía con eso
5. (= around)
to do jobs about the house (= repairs) hacer arreglos en la casa
I had no money about me no llevaba dinero encima
he looked about him miró a su alrededor
somewhere about here por aquí cerca
to wander about the town deambular por la ciudad
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Example Sentences Including 'about'
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Yet we barely know anything about these angry men.The Times Literary Supplement (2012)
There was a large mushroom growing near her, about the same height as herself.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
It was a most interesting group of passengers who milled about inside and around the tiny terminal.Titanic - Destination disaster (1987)
But this could be about to turn on its head.The Sun (2016)
Celebrities often moan about being recognised in public.The Sun (2009)
My advice is to think about why you keep cheating like this.The Sun (2016)
No one wants to know about that.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Or perhaps worried about keeping precious digital files on a single smartphone or computer?Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Talk about looking after your own.The Sun (2014)
Think about how the place made you feel.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
We need to keep our wits about us.The Sun (2011)
We often hear about the work ethic of sportspeople.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
What do you like most about your body?The Sun (2011)
Have a think about that nearer the time and let us know.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
It is hard as a rugby player to talk about stuff like that.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Ran lineout effectively and put himself about.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
What was the worst thing about being a footballer in your era?Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Not that it's just about numbers.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
What was it that she liked so much about his plays?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
But he said that they had found something to laugh about.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
I felt like this about her after two months.The Sun (2015)
It had begun about a week after he promised me it was only me he wanted.The Sun (2016)
It is about whether a nation chooses to remember or to forget.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The great thing about her style is that she mixes the high street with designer wear.The Sun (2012)
The positive side is that you now feel you are a different person and you can do something about your life.The Sun (2016)
They are just about holding on.The Sun (2016)
This raises questions about whether the industry will pass on savings from planned action against whiplash claims.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Wanting to know more about your birth dad is natural.The Sun (2015)
What is this thing about being nostalgic?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
While you watch, talk to your partner about what is turning you on and why.The Sun (2016)
But she was disqualified when doctors discovered something odd about her physiology.Christianity Today (2000)
Now think about whether you have let that person know what it is you do want.Life Without Work (1994)
You might like to think about turning this around.Life Without Work (1994)
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'about' in Other Languages
British English: about /əˈbaʊt/ ADVERB
near to About means near to something.
His grandfather is about 80 years old.
- American English: about
- Arabic: حَوَالي
- Brazilian Portuguese: aproximadamente
- Chinese: 关于
- Croatian: oko
- Czech: kolem
- Danish: omkring
- Dutch: ongeveer
- European Spanish: más o menos
- Finnish: suunnilleen
- French: autour de
- German: ungefähr
- Greek: περίπου
- Italian: circa
- Japanese: およそ
- Korean: 대략
- Norwegian: omkring
- Polish: mniej więcej
- European Portuguese: aproximadamente
- Romanian: aproape
- Russian: около
- Spanish: más o menos
- Swedish: omkring
- Thai: ใกล้
- Turkish: yaklaşık
- Ukrainian: приблизно
- Vietnamese: khoảng
British English: about /əˈbaʊt/ PREPOSITION
to do with About means to do with.
This book is about history.
- American English: about
- Arabic: عَنْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: sobre
- Chinese: 关于
- Croatian: o
- Czech: o
- Danish: om
- Dutch: over
- European Spanish: acerca de
- Finnish: NO TRANSLATION
- French: à propos de
- German: über
- Greek: περί
- Italian: su
- Japanese: ･･･について
- Korean: ...에 관하여
- Norwegian: om
- Polish: o
- European Portuguese: sobre
- Romanian: despre
- Russian: о
- Spanish: acerca de
- Swedish: om
- Thai: เกี่ยวกับ
- Turkish: hakkında
- Ukrainian: про
- Vietnamese: về liên quan đến
Translation of about from the Collins English to Spanish Dictionary
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