about

[[t]ə'baʊt[/t]] UK / US
1. adv
1) (approximately) etwa, ungefähr

about a hundred/thousand etc — etwa hundert/tausend etc

at about 2 o'clock — etwa um 2 Uhr

I've just about finished — ich bin gerade fertig

2) (referring to place) herum, umher

to leave things lying about — Sachen herumliegen lassen

to run/walk etc about — herumrennen/gehen etc

3)

to be about to do sth — im Begriff sein, etw zu tun

he was about to go to bed — er wollte gerade ins Bett gehen

2. prep
1) (relating to) über + akk

a book about London — ein Buch über London

what is it about? — worum geht es?, (book etc) wovon handelt es?

we talked about it — wir haben darüber geredet

what o how about doing this? — wollen wir das machen?

2) (referring to place) um (... herum)

to walk about the town — in der Stadt herumgehen

her clothes were scattered about the room — ihre Kleider waren über das ganze Zimmer verstreut


English-German mini dictionary. 2015.

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