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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2017:

Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
IngleseItaliano
around preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (surrounding)attorno a, intorno a prep
 They put a fence around the swimming pool.
 Hanno messo un recinto attorno alla piscina.
around preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in a circle about)attorno a, intorno a prep
 They sat around the table wondering what to do next.
 Stavano seduti attorno alla tavola domandandosi che cosa fare.
around,
also UK: about
preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
(encircling)attorno a, intorno a prep
 Put the belt around your waist and then fasten it.
 Metti la cintura attorno alla vita e poi allacciala.
around,
also UK: about
preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
(all over, from place to place)per prep
  in giro per prep
 She travels around the country for her job.
 Viaggia per tutto il paese per lavoro.
around preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in all directions)attorno a, intorno a prep
 There were roads leading off all around the house.
 C'erano strade che partivano tutto attorno alla casa.
around,
also UK: about
preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
(scattered through)per, in giro per prep
 Books were spread all around the room.
 C'erano libri sparsi per tutta la stanza.
around advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in a ring or circle)in cerchio loc avv
  intorno avv
 The dog ran around and around trying to catch its tail.
 Il cane correva in cerchio, tentando di prendersi la coda.
around advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in all directions)attorno, intorno avv
 Look around and note down everything you can see.
 Guardati attorno e prendi nota di tutto quello che vedi.
around advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (with a circular course)intorno a, attorno a prep
  in tondo loc avv
  intorno avv
 The earth turns around on its axis.
 La terra ruota attorno al proprio asse.
 
Traduzioni aggiuntive
IngleseItaliano
around adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (in existence)esistere, esserci vi
 Plastic chairs have been around for thirty years.
 Le sedie di plastica esistono da trent'anni.
around adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (present, nearby) (esserci)ci pron
  presente agg
  disponibile agg
  reperibile agg
 Is she around? I want to ask her something.
 Lei c'è? Vorrei chiederle una cosa.
around,
also UK: about
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(on every side)attorno, intorno avv
 It's a beautiful house with trees all around.
 È una bella casa con alberi tutto attorno.
around,
also UK: about
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(in circumference)di circonferenza loc avv
 The vase is ten centimetres around.
 Il vaso misura dieci centimetri di circonferenza.
around,
also UK: about
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(surrounding a place)nei dintorni, nei paraggi loc avv
  qui attorno, qui intorno loc avv
  (informale)da queste parti loc avv
 There are lots of shops around.
 Ci sono molti negozi nei dintorni.
around,
also UK: about
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
used in compounds (in circulation)in giro, in circolazione avv
  (circolare)girare vi
 There are rumours going around.
 Ci sono voci in giro.
around advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (with roundabout direction)attorno, intorno prep
 The road goes around to the orchard.
 La strada gira attorno all'orto.
around advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in a circuit)in cerchio avv
 Stavano camminando in cerchio, chiaramente si erano persi.
around (US),
round (UK)
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(over: to a certain place)fare visita a vtr
  (far visita)andare da, venire da, passare da vi
  andare a trovare, venire a trovare vi
 She came around to my house.
 È venuta a farmi visita a casa.
 È passata da me.
around,
UK: about
preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
(approximately: time) (orari)intorno a, verso, circa a prep
 I'll see you around three o'clock.
 Ci vediamo verso le tre.
around,
UK: about
preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours."
(approximately: size, amount) (quantità, ecc.)circa avv
  all'incirca loc avv
 It's around three inches tall and an inch wide.
 È alto circa tre pollici e largo un pollice.
around preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in, near)in, nei pressi di prep
 Is James around the office somewhere?
 James è qui in ufficio?
around preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (to various parts of)in giro per prep
 We should go around town and put posters up.
 Dovremmo andare in giro per la città e attaccare dei manifesti.
around preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (centred on)su, circa prep
 The course is organized around important historical events.
 Il corso disserta su importanti eventi storici.
  Manca qualcosa di importante? Segnala un errore o suggerisci miglioramenti

WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2017:

Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
IngleseItaliano
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (quantity: approximately) (approssimativamente)circa, grossomodo avv
  all'incirca loc avv
  (informale)più o meno loc avv
 There were about fifteen people in our tour group.
 C'erano circa quindici persone nel nostro gruppo.
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (time: close to, more or less)circa, grossomodo avv
  all'incirca loc avv
  (informale)più o meno loc avv
 I heard a crash at about ten o'clock last night.
 Ho sentito un fragore alle dieci circa di ieri sera.
be about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (on the subject of)parlare di, trattare di, vertere intorno a vi
  (formale)vertere intorno a vi
  affrontare il tema di, indagare il tema di vi
 This book is about a king who loses his crown.
 Il libro parla di un re che perde la corona.
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (of, concerning)di, su prep
  a proposito di, riguardo a prep
 What do you think about the president's speech?
 Che ne pensi del discorso del presidente?
about advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." mainly UK (all around)attorno, intorno avv
 She was sitting at her desk, books lying all about.
 Era seduta alla scrivania, libri sparsi tutto attorno.
about advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." mainly UK (from one spot to another)in giro, da una parte all'altra loc avv
  (informale)di qua e di là, qua e là loc avv
 He was dancing about, waving his lottery ticket in the air.
 Saltellava di gioia da una parte all'altra, sventolando il biglietto della lotteria.
about to do [sth] preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (on the point of doing)sul punto di prep
  (formale)in procinto di prep
 I was just about to step into the bath when the doorbell rang.
 Ero sul punto di entrare nella vasca quando hanno suonato alla porta.
 
Traduzioni aggiuntive
IngleseItaliano
about,
US: around
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
esp. UK (in the opposing direction)indietro avv
  all'indietro loc avv
 He whirled about and saw that his girlfriend was behind him.
 Si voltò indietro e vide che la sua ragazza era proprio dietro di lui.
about,
US: around
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
UK (in circumference)circonferenza nf
 The lake is approximately three miles about.
 Il lago ha una circonferenza di circa tre miglia.
about advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (prevalent)in giro, in circolazione loc avv
  nei dintorni, nei paraggi, nelle vicinanze loc avv
 There are lots of cases of the measles about.
 Ci sono molti casi di morbillo in giro.
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (of the nature of [sth])di, in prep
  circa prep
 There's something about his voice that makes me nervous.
 C'è qualcosa della sua voce che mi innervosisce.
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (surrounding)attorno a, intorno a prep
 There were shots all about us.
 Stavano sparando tutto intorno a noi.
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." UK (near to)nei pressi di prep
  vicino a prep
 There are lots of trees about the house and garden.
 Ci sono molti alberi nei pressi della casa e del giardino.
about preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (under control)sotto controllo loc avv
  (figurato, informale)in pugno loc avv
Nota: usually followed by an object pronoun
 He didn't seem to have his wits about him.
  Manca qualcosa di importante? Segnala un errore o suggerisci miglioramenti

WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2017:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
around | about
IngleseItaliano
a millstone around your neck (US),
a millstone round your neck (UK)
exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
figurative (burden: mental or emotional)una palla al piede
about,
US: around
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
esp. UK (in the opposing direction)indietro avv
  all'indietro loc avv
 He whirled about and saw that his girlfriend was behind him.
 Si voltò indietro e vide che la sua ragazza era proprio dietro di lui.
about,
US: around
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
UK (in circumference)circonferenza nf
 The lake is approximately three miles about.
 Il lago ha una circonferenza di circa tre miglia.
all around advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (everywhere)dappertutto avv
 Prices have increased all around.
 I prezzi sono aumentati dappertutto.
all around (US),
all round (UK)
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
informal (for everyone)per tutti
 Joe called for drinks all around to celebrate his good news.
 Joe ha ordinato da bere per tutti per festeggiare la sua buona notizia.
all around (US),
all round (UK)
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(in all aspects)da tutti i punti di vista, sotto ogni aspetto
 This is a better solution all round.
 Questa è una soluzione migliore sotto ogni aspetto.
all-around (US),
all-round (UK)
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(versatile, multi-skilled)polivalente agg
  versatile agg
  multiuso agg
 Joe has developed into an all-around player for the basketball team.
all-around (US),
all-round (UK)
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(comprehensive, total)in tutto e per tutto
  completo agg
 The school aims to provide an all-around education for its students.
around fifty adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (about 50 in number)circa cinquanta agg
 There were around fifty different tables at the job fair.
 Alla fiera del lavoro c'erano circa cinquanta tavoli diversi.
around fifty adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (about 50 years old)intorno ai cinquant'anni
 Interest in fast cars begins to decline around fifty.
 L'interesse nelle macchine veloci inizia a scemare intorno ai cinquant'anni.
around the clock advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (all the time)giorno e notte avv
Nota: A hyphen is used when the term is an adjective
 The engineers are working around the clock to get the project finished on time.
 Gli ingegneri stanno lavorando giorno e notte per cercare di finire il progetto in tempo.
around-the-clock adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (constant)ventiquattr'ore su ventiquattro avv
  giorno e notte avv
 His mother is very sick and needs around-the-clock care.
 Sua madre è molto malata e ha bisogno di assistenza giorno e notte.
around the corner  (figurato: vicino)dietro l'angolo
around the world advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in many countries)in tutto il mondo
 The Internet allows people around the world to share information.
 Internet permette lo scambio di informazioni tra persone in tutto il mondo.
around the world advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (circumnavigating the world)intorno al mondo
 Ferdinand Magellan's ship sailed around the world in the 1500s.
 La nave di Ferdinando Magellano navigò intorno al mondo nel XVI secolo.
arse about,
arse around
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
UK, vulgar, slang (behave in a frivolous way) (colloquiale)fare lo scemo, fare l'idiota, fare il cretino vtr
ask around v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (consult many people) (informale)chiedere in giro vtr
bandy [sth] about,
bandy about [sth],
bandy [sth] around,
bandy around [sth]
vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
(spread ideas about [sth/sb])diffondere idee su [qlcn/qlcs] vtr
bandy [sth] around vtr + prep (word, term: use carelessly) (figurato, colloquiale)sparare vtr
  dire senza problemi, dire senza scrupoli vtr
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. Con le cifre che sparano i carrozzieri oggigiorno, bisogna stare molto attenti a non fare danni alla macchina.
bang around,
also UK: bang about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(move about clumsily)fare rumore vtr
  (colloquiale)fare casino vtr
 The baby woke up in the middle of the night, crying, because Joe was banging around in the kitchen.
 Il bambino si è svegliato nel cuore della notte piangendo perché Joe stava facendo rumore in cucina.
bat [sth] around,
also UK: bat [sth] about
vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
figurative, informal (discuss casually)chiacchierare di, parlare di, discutere di vi
bat around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." US, informal (travel) (viaggiare)andare in giro vi
be lugged around viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal ([sth] heavy: be carried)essere trasportato, essere portato v
 The heavy suitcase was lugged around the airport by my mother.
 La valigia pesante è stata portata in giro per l'aeroporto da mia madre.
beat around the bush,
beat about the bush
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
figurative (avoid getting to the point) (figurato)menare il can per l'aia vtr
 Stop beating around the bush and give me the real reason!
 Smettila di menare il can per l'aia e dimmi il motivo vero!
beating around the bush,
beating about the bush
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(prevarication, not getting to the point) (figurato)menare il can per l'aia vtr
  (figurato)girarci intorno, girare intorno al punto vi
  tergiversare vi
 Stop beating about the bush and tell me what you really think!
 Piantala di girarci intorno e dimmi cosa pensi veramente!
blunder about,
blunder around
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(move clumsily)barcollare vi
boss [sb] around,
boss around [sb]
vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
informal (order about) (figurato)comandare a bacchetta vtr
 My manager likes to boss people around.
 Al mio capo piace comandare le persone a bacchetta.
build [sth] around [sth] vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (base on)incentrare su vtr
  basare su vtr
bum around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." US, slang (be idle)oziare, gozzovigliare, cincischiare vi
 Over the holidays I just bummed around and watched TV.
 Durante le vacanze ho semplicemente oziato e guardato la TV:
bum around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." US, slang (live as vagrant)fare il vagabondo vi
bumble around,
also UK: bumble about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
UK (be inept, clumsy)essere un incapace, essere un inetto vi
buzz around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (bee: fly with humming sound)ronzare intorno vi
buzz around [sth] vi + prep (bee: fly with humming sound)ronzare intorno a vi
 I don't like it when bees buzz around my head.
buzz around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal, figurative ([sb]: move busily)essere in giro, essere in movimento v
 He's always buzzing around doing chores.
 È sempre in giro che fa mestieri.
buzz around [sth] vi + prep informal, figurative ([sb]: move busily)aggirarsi v rif
 She buzzed around the office, completing task after task.
carry [sth] around vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (take everywhere)portare con sé, avere con sé, avere vtr
cart [sth] around vtr + adv (move by cart) (con un carrello)trasportare, portare vtr
cat around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." slang (look for sex)fare il donnaiolo, fare il dongiovanni vtr
 Wives don't want their husbands to cat around with other women.
 Le mogli non vogliono che i loro mariti facciano i dongiovanni con altre donne.
change [sth] around,
change around [sth] (US),
change [sth] round,
change round [sth] (UK)
vtr + adv
(rearrange [sth])disporre [qlcs] in modo diverso vtr
 You can change around the icons on your computer to make them more convenient. The coach changed the players around to balance out the teams.
 Puoi disporre le icone sul computer in modo diverso per renderle più comode. L'allenatore dispose i giocatori in modo diverso per bilanciare le squadre.
change around,
changearound,
change round
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(rearrangement, shift)cambiamento
 The change around in the team's coaching has helped them win many more games this year.
 Il cambiamento nell'allenamento della squadra li ha aiutati a vincere molte più partite quest'anno.
chauffeur [sb] around vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." informal, figurative (transport: [sb] by car) (con un veicolo)portare in giro vtr
  (informale)scarrozzare vtr
clown around,
also UK: clown about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal (play the fool, behave in a silly way)fare il buffone, fare il pagliaccio vi
  fare il buffone vtr
 One can never take him seriously; he's always clowning around.
 Non si può prenderlo sul serio, fa sempre il buffone.
cluster around [sb/sth] vi + prep (gather)radunarsi attorno a, radunarsi intorno a v rif
  fare cerchio intorno a vtr
 During story time, the students clustered around their teacher and listened intently.
 Durante l'ora di storia gli studenti si radunavano attorno al loro insegnante e ascoltavano con attenzione.
come around (US),
come round (UK)
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(date, event: occur again)ripresentarsi v rif
  avvenire nuovamente vi
 Jill always feels sad when the anniversary of her husband's death comes around.
 Jill si sente sempre triste quando si ripresenta l'anniversario della morte di suo marito.
come around,
UK: come round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
figurative (revise one's opinion)cambiare opinione vtr
 Steve eventually came round to my opinion.
come around,
UK: come round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(visit [sb])passare a trovare [qlcn] vtr
  fare visita a [qlcn] vtr
 If you come round later, we can do our homework together.
 Se passi a trovarmi dopo possiamo fare i compiti insieme.
come around (US),
come round (UK)
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal (recover consciousness)riprendere conoscenza vtr
 The patient came around soon after his operation.
 Il paziente ha ripreso conoscenza subito dopo l'operazione.
come around to [sth] cambiare opinione (e concordare con l'interlocutore)
dab [sth] around [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (apply by dabbing)applicare [qlcs] picchiettando su [qlcs], applicare [qlcs] tamponando su [qlcs] vtr
 Dab the pieces of butter around the top of the pie.
 Applicare i pezzi di burro tamponando sulla parte alta della crostata.
dicking around nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. slang (frivolous or time wasting activity) (volgare)cazzeggio nm
 He got fired because dicking around was his only real skill.
 È stato licenziato perché l'unica cosa di cui era esperto era il cazzeggio.
dodge around [sth/sb] vi + prep (move quickly around)evitare vtr
 The runner dodged around the people in his path.
 Il corridore evitava le persone che si trovava di fronte.
drag (around) viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (move, act slowly) (informale)gozzovigliare, gironzolare, cincischiare vi
  perdere tempo vtr
Nota: often followed by "around"
 She didn't feel like doing anything, so she just dragged around all day.
 Non aveva voglia di fare niente e ha gozzovigliato tutto il giorno.
faff,
faff around,
faff about
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
UK, informal (fuss, bother)seccatura, scocciatura nf
  (colloquiale)rottura nf
faff,
faff around,
faff about
viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
UK, informal (waste time)cincischiare vi
  baloccarsi v rif
faff around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." UK, informal (waste time doing [sth] trivial)perdere tempo, cincischiare v
fart around,
also UK: fart about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
vulgar, slang (spend time foolishly) (informale)perdere tempo vi
  (volgare)cazzeggiare vi
ferret around vi + adv informal (search)mettersi alla ricerca v rif
  mettersi a cercare v rif
 Jim ferreted around in the the records.
 Jim si è messo a cercare negli archivi.
ferret around for [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (search)andare alla ricerca di [qlcs] vi
  mettersi alla ricerca di [qlcs] v rif
 The lawyer ferreted around for any evidence that the police might have missed.
 L'avvocato si mise alla ricerca di prove che potessero essere sfuggite alla polizia.
fiddle around,
also UK: fiddle about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal (waste time doing [sth] trivial)svagarsi, trastullarsi v rif
  (obsoleto)dilettarsi, baloccarsi v rif
  (informale)perdere tempo vtr
 He began to fiddle around doing crossword puzzles, but soon noticed his English was improving.
 Ha cominciato a svagarsi con le parole crociate e ha finito col migliorare il suo inglese.
fiddle around with [sth],
also UK: fiddle about with [sth]
vi phrasal + prep
informal (play absent-mindedly with)gingillarsi con [qlcs] v rif
  giocherellare con [qlcs] vi
 She fiddled around with the things on her desk while I was talking.
 Si gingillava con gli oggetti sulla sua scrivania mentre io parlavo.
flail,
flail around,
UK: flail about
viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
(thrash about) (per richiamare l'attenzione)agitare [qlcs] vtr
 Chuck flails and kicks in his sleep.
 Chuck si agitava e scalciava nel sonno.
flail around,
UK: flail about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(thrash about)sbracciarsi, dimenarsi v rif
float around,
float about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(idea: widely discussed) (idea, pensiero)essere diffuso vi
float around,
float about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(be somewhere unknown) (posto sconosciuto)essere da qualche parte vi
flop,
flop around
viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
(flail loosely)dimenarsi, agitarsi v rif
 The fish were flopping in the bucket.
 I pesci si dimenavano nel secchio.
follow [sb] around vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (trail [sb](informale: seguire)stare sempre attaccato a [qlcn] vi
  seguire, inseguire vtr
  tampinare vtr
 He followed me around all day.
 Mi è stato attaccato tutto il giorno.
fool around,
fool about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal (act in silly way)bighellonare, gironzolare vi
 The teacher told Bobby to stop fooling around in class.
 L'insegnante ha detto a Bobby di smetterla di bighellonare in classe.
fool around,
fool about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal (not be productive)non fare niente vtr
  perdere tempo vtr
 The boss doesn't like people fooling around when they should be working.
 Al capo non piace che le persone perdano tempo quando dovrebbero lavorare.
fool around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." slang (have casual sex) (colloquiale)farsela con [qlcn] vtr
  trombarsi [qlcn], portarsi a letto [qlcn] v rif
 Helen suspects that her husband has been fooling around.
 Helen sospetta che suo marito se la stia facendo con qualcuno.
fool around with [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] slang (have casual sex) (colloquiale)farsela con [qlcn] vtr
  trombarsi [qlcn], portarsi a letto [qlcn] v rif
 He had fooled around with every girl in town before he met Helen.
 Se l'è fatta con tutte le ragazze della città prima di conoscere Helen.
fool around with [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] informal (amuse yourself)bighellonare insieme a [qlcn] vi
 Ben spent the afternoon fooling around with his new camera.
 Ben ha trascorso il pomeriggio bighellonando con la sua nuova macchina fotografica.
fooling around fare lo stupido
fuck around,
UK: fuck about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
slang, vulgar, offensive (waste time) (volgare)cazzeggiare vi
 Stop fucking about and get on with your homework!
 Smettila di cazzeggiare e vai avanti con i tuoi compiti!
fuck around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." vulgar, offensive, slang (have casual sex) (volgare)scopare in giro vi
  (volgare)scopare con chiunque vi
  (volgare, donne)darla in giro vtr
 Stan accused his girlfriend of fucking around.
 Stan ha accusato la sua ragazza di scopare in giro.
fumble around,
UK: fumble about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(do things clumsily) (informale, anche figurato: rumore)mettere tutto sottosopra vtr
 He's fumbling around in the kitchen; can't you hear the noise?
futz,
futz around
viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
US, slang (waste time)bighellonare vi
  perdere tempo vtr
  (volgare)cazzeggiare vi
gad around [sth],
gad about [sth]
vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S]
(wander or travel around a place)vagare vi
  (informale)gironzolare vi
  andare a zonzo vi
 We decided to gad around town for a while.
 Decidemmo di vagare per la città per un po'.
gather around riunirsi; raggrupparsi intorno a qcn; radunarsi
gather around [sth] radunarsi intorno a qcs, radunarsi attorno a qcs, raccogliersi attorno a qcs
gather round,
US: gather around
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(congregate)riunirsi v rif
  convergere vi
 Gather round everybody! Richard has something to say!
 Riunitevi tutti! Richard ha qualcosa da dire!
get around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal (travel) (viaggiare: informale)girare vtr
  (viaggiare)spostarsi v rif
 I certainly get around in my job. This year, I've travelled to Korea, Australia and South Africa.
 Il mio lavoro mi consente di girare parecchio. Quest'anno sono stato in Corea, Australia e Sudafrica.
get around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (move about)spostarsi, muoversi v rif
 His arthritis makes it difficult for him to get around.
get around [sth],
UK: get round [sth]
vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S]
(circumvent)aggirare, eludere vtr
 You can't get around the problem by pretending it doesn't exist.
 Non puoi aggirare il problema facendo finta che non esista.
get around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal (circulate) (notizia)circolare vi
  (notizia)spargersi v rif
  (notizia)trapelare vi
 When word got around that she was baking cookies, all the children appeared at her door.
 Quando si sparse la voce che stava facendo i biscotti, tutti i bambini si presentarono alla porta.
get around to [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (find time)trovare tempo per [qlcs] vtr
 Bill eventually got round to the washing-up.
 Bill alla fine ha trovato il tempo per lavare i piatti.
get around to doing [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (find time)farcela a fare [qlcs] vi
  trovare il tempo di fare [qlcs] vtr
 One of these days, I will get around to making the trip to Paris.
 Uno di questi giorni, troverò il tempo per fare un viaggio a Parigi.
get your head around [sth],
get your head round [sth]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
informal (understand)capire vtr
  venire a capo di vi
Nota: Often used in the negative
 I'm trying to get my head around the subjunctive, but I'm still not sure when to use it.
 Sto cercando di capire il congiuntivo, ma non so ancora quando va usato.
go around,
UK: go round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
US (rotate, turn)ruotare intorno, girare intorno vi
  roteare, ruotare vi
 The baby watched the top go round and laughed.
 La bambina vide il coperchio roteare e rise.
go around [sth],
UK: go round
vi + prep
US (encircle, surround)girare intorno a vi
 I had grown so fat that none of my belts would go around my waist.
 Ero diventato talmente grasso che le mie cinture non riuscivano più a girarmi intorno alla vita.
go around,
UK: go round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
US (be shared by all)bastare per tutti vi
 Do you think there'll be enough loaves and fishes to go around?
 Pensi che le pagnotte e i pesci basteranno per tutti?
go around,
also UK: go round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(illness: be transmitted) (malattie)propagarsi, diffondersi v rif
  (malattie, informale)girare vi
 There's a nasty strain of flu going around.
 Sta girando un brutto ceppo influenzale.
go around [sth],
UK,
also: go round
vi + prep
(change path to avoid hitting [sth])girare intorno a, fare il giro intorno a vi
 The radio advised of heavy traffic downtown, so we went around the city instead.
 La radio diceva che c'era traffico intenso in centro, perciò abbiamo deciso di girare intorno alla città invece di attraversarla.
go around,
also UK: go about
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
(be in a state habitually)andarsene in giro v rif
 He goes around looking filthy.
 Se ne va in giro tutto sudicio.
go around,
UK: go round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal, figurative (circulate, spread) (voci, notizie)circolare, girare vi
 There's a rumour going round that you're cheating on Tim.
 Gira voce che stai mettendo le corna a Tim.
go around,
UK: go round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal (pay a visit to [sb](informale)passare da vi
  andare a trovare vi
  fare visita a vtr
 I'll go round to your place when I'm done.
 Passo da te appena ho finito.
  (colloquiale, figurato)fare un salto da vtr
 Farò un salto da te appena ho finito.
go around,
UK: go round
vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
informal, figurative (circulate, spread)spargersi, diffondersi v rif
 There's a rumour going round that you're cheating on Tim.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. La voce dell'arrivo del nuovo insegnante si sparse per tutta la scuola in un batter d'occhio.
goof around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." US, slang (behave in a silly way) (informale: non essere serio)fare lo scemo, fare il buffone, fare lo stupido vtr
 If you're done goofing around, maybe we could get some work done?
 Quando hai finito di fare il buffone, potremmo cominciare a lavorare?
green around the gills exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." figurative (looking sick) (figurato: essere malato)avere una brutta cera vtr
hang around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal (wait)aspettare, restare ad aspettare vtr
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