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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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,
UK: round
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
US (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." (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." (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
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,
UK: all-round
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
US (versatile, multi-skilled)polivalente agg
  versatile agg
  multiuso agg
all-around,
UK: all-round
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
US (comprehensive, total)in tutto e per tutto
  completo agg
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.
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.
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] 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.
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!
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
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 around,
change round,
change-around,
change-round
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(alteration, shift)cambiamento
 The change around in the team's coaching has helped them win many more games this year.
change [sth] around (US,
change around [sth] (US),
change [sth] round (UK),
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.
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)
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.
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
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 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
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." slang, vulgar, offensive (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?
gather around riunirsi; raggrupparsi intorno a qcn; radunarsi
gather around [sth] radunarsi intorno a qcs, radunarsi attorno a qcs, raccogliersi attorno a qcs
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 [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 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,
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 (pay a visit to [sb](colloquiale, figurato)fare un salto da vtr
 I'll go round to your place when I'm done.
 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.
  (voci, notizie)circolare, girare vi
 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.
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
hang around,
UK: hang 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 (loiter)trattenersi v rif
 It's annoying when youths hang around at the bus stop intimidating customers.
 È fastidioso quando dei giovinastri si trattengono alla fermata dell'autobus e importunano i passeggeri.
  bighellonare, indugiare vi
hang around with girare con; frequentare
haul [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." (carry: [sth] heavy or cumbersome)trascinarsi dietro, portarsi dietro vtr
 We will leave our luggage at the hotel, as we don't want to have to haul it around with us all day.
 Lasceremo il bagaglio in hotel per non dover trascinarcelo dietro tutto il giorno.
have [sb/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." (be near [sb/sth](cose)avere, tenere vtr
  (persone)invitare vtr
 If you want some maple syrup, just ask. I always have some around.
have been around v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (be experienced) (informale)saperla lunga, non essere l'ultimo arrivato, non essere l'ultimo degli sprovveduti v
  avere esperienza di, intendersi di vtr
 He's been around and knows what to expect.
 Non è l'ultimo degli sprovveduti e sa che cosa aspettarsi.
horse 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 (behave in a silly or frivolous way)fare il buffone vi
 While the parents made dinner the kids horsed around at their feet.
 Mentre i genitori preparavano la cena, i figli facevano i buffoni per terra.
horsing around il giocare rumorosamente
hover around,
also UK: hover 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."
figurative (wait nearby)volteggiare, aleggiare vi
  librarsi v rif
jerk [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." slang, vulgar (waste time of) (informale)prendere in giro vtr
  (volgare)prendere per il culo vtr
 I hope Kieran doesn't jerk Fiona around like he did with his last girlfriend.
 Spero che Kieren non prenda in giro Fiona come ha fatto con sua ragazza precedente.
joke 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 (speak lightheartedly)parlare scherzosamente
just around the corner advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in the next street) (nella strada adiacente)dietro l'angolo
 The post-office is just around the corner.
 L'ufficio postale si trova subito dietro l'angolo.
just around the corner advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (waiting to happen) (figurato: futuro)dietro l'angolo
 For every "safe" nuclear reactor, there is a disaster just around the corner.
 Per ogni reattore nucleare "sicuro" c'è un disastro dietro l'angolo.
kick [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." informal, figurative (consider, debate: an idea)discutere, analizzare vtr
kick [sb] around,
kick around [sb],
kick about [sb],
kick 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."
(mistreat, abuse)maltrattare vtr
kid 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 (behave jokingly or playfully)fare lo spiritoso, fare lo sciocco, fare lo scemo
 Stop kidding around! Sit down and shut up!
 Smettila di fare lo spiritoso! Siediti e stai zitto!
knock [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." informal (punch or treat roughly)picchiare, pestare, malmenare vtr
knock [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." informal, figurative (consider, debate: an idea)discutere, vagliare, esaminare vtr
laze 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." (be idle, lounge about)cincischiare, gironzolare, non fare niente vtr
 On Saturdays, I like to just laze around the house instead of going out.
 Al sabato preferisco gironzolare per casa tutto il giorno invece di uscire.
lie 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." ([sb]: lounge idly)gironzolare, girare, perdere tempo vi
 You said you would mow the lawn, but all you've done today is lie around the house. The teenager chose to lie around for most of the day.
 Hai detto che avresti tosato l'erba ma non hai fatto altro che girare per casa tutto il giorno.
lie 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 ([sth]: remain unused)essere sparsi in giro
 We have many old books that just lie around the attic waiting to be read.
 Abbiamo tanti vecchi libri che sono sparsi in giro per la soffitta in attesa di essere letti.
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