Translation of "about" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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aboutpreposition

uk /əˈbaʊt/ us /əˈbaʊt/

about preposition (CONNECTED WITH)

A1 on the subject of, or connected with

在…方面;有关,关于,涉及
What's that book about? 这本书是关于什么的?
a film about the Spanish Civil War 反映西班牙内战的电影
We were talking/laughing about Sophie. 我们正谈论/笑话索菲。
He's always (going) on about what a great job he's got. 他总是喋喋不休地炫耀他的工作有多么好。
I'm worried about David. 我真为戴维担心。
I really don't know what all the fuss is about. 我真不知道这么大惊小怪到底是怎么回事。
I wish you'd do something about (= take action to solve the problem of) your bedroom - it's a real mess. 我希望你能收拾一下你的卧室——里面乱七八糟。
UK informal Could you make me a coffee too while you're about it (= while you are making one for yourself)? 你去冲咖啡的时候能不能给我也来一杯?
What didn't you like about the play? 这部剧哪些地方你不喜欢?
There's something about her attitude that worries me. 她态度中表现出的一些问题让我担心。
There's something special about him (= in his character). 他性格中有种与众不同的东西。
"Is that your car?" "Yes, what about it?" (= Why are you asking me?) “那是你的车吗?”“是的,怎么啦?”(有时这种说话方式带有一种愤怒或威胁的口气)

More examples

  • He is always talking about how clever his children are.
  • I wish you'd stop making jokes about my friends.
  • Lots of people have complained about the noise.
  • The film was about creatures from outer space.
  • I was very nervous about driving again after the accident.
  • Stop jumping about, Billy, and just stand still for a moment!

about preposition (NO ORDER)

mainly UK US usually around positioned around a place, often without a clear purpose or order

无序地,凌乱地
Their belongings were flung about the room. 他们的东西被凌乱地丢在房间里。

about preposition (POSITION)

UK formal in a particular place

在特定的地方
Do you have such a thing as a pen about you/your person? (= Do you have a pen?) 你身上带没带笔什么的?

aboutadverb

uk /əˈbaʊt/ us /əˈbaʊt/

about adverb (APPROXIMATELY)

A1 a little more or less than the stated number or amount

大约,大概,左右
about six feet tall 高约6英尺
about two months ago 大约两个月前
"What time are you leaving work today?" "About five." “你今天什么时候下班?”“5点左右。”

More examples

  • The town is about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
  • Fry the onion and garlic for about two minutes.
  • The average temperature worldwide has risen by about one degree Fahrenheit in the past 100 years.
  • "We'll be at your house at about nine o'clock, okay?"
  • We sent out the wedding invitations about three weeks ago.

about adverb (ALL DIRECTIONS)

B2 mainly UK US usually around in many different directions

四面八方
They heard someone moving about outside. 他们听到外面有人走动。
I've been running about all morning trying to find you. 我跑了一上午到处找你。

about adverb (NO ORDER)

B2 mainly UK US usually around positioned around a place, often without a clear purpose or order

无序地,凌乱地
She always leaves her clothes lying about on the floor. 她的衣服总是东一件西一件乱丢在地板上。

about adverb (PLACE)

mainly UK US usually around in or near a place

在…里或附近
Is John about (= somewhere near)? 约翰在附近吗?
There's a lot of flu about (= many people have it) at the moment. 目前这一带很多人患流感。

aboutadjective

uk /əˈbaʊt/ us /əˈbaʊt/

about adjective (INTENDING)

be about to do sth

More examples

  • He sensed that something was about to happen.
  • I was just about to borrow some money from Dad when finally the cheque arrived.
  • She looked as though she was about to cry.
  • I was about to phone Joe at work when he walked into the house
  • The train's about to leave. Hurry up!

B1 to be going to do something very soon

刚要…;行将…
I was about to leave when Mark arrived. 马克到的时候我刚要走。
She looked as if she was about to cry. 她看上去好像马上就要哭出来了。

(Translation of “about” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)