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adverb \ə-ˈrau̇nd\

Simple Definition of around

  • : in a circle

  • : in, along, or through a curving path

  • —used to indicate a measurement that is made along the outer surface of something circular

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of around

  1. 1 a :  in a circle or in circumference <the wheel goes around> <a tree five feet around> b :  in, along, or through a circuit <the road goes around by the lake>

  2. 2 a :  on all or various sides :  in every or any direction <papers lying around> <nothing for miles around> b :  in close from all sides so as to surround <people crowded around> c :  in or near one's present place or situation <wait around awhile>

  3. 3 a :  here and there :  from one place to another <travels around on business> b :  to a particular place <come around for dinner> c —used with some verbs to indicate repeated or continued action <always joking around when he should be serious> <don't play around with your food>

  4. 4 a :  in rotation or succession <another winter comes around> b :  from beginning to end :  through <mild the year around> c :  in order <the other way around>

  5. 5 :  in or to an opposite direction or position <turn around>

  6. 6 :  with some approach to exactness :  approximately <cost around $5>

Examples of around in a sentence

  1. Don't take the long way around: I know a shortcut.

  2. He entered the room and looked around.

  3. This is a very interesting town: let me show you around.

  4. I'm not sure where it is, but it must be around somewhere.

  5. It's safer when there are other people around.

  6. I'd like to speak to him if he's around.

Origin and Etymology of around

Middle English, from 1a- + 2round

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of around

  • : on all sides of (something or someone)

  • : so as to circle or surround (something or someone) : moving so as to circle (something or someone)

  • : over or in different parts of (a place)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of around

  1. 1 a :  on all sides of b :  so as to encircle or enclose <seated around the table> c :  so as to avoid or get past :  on or to another side of <find a way around their objections> <went around the lake> <around the corner> d :  near <lives around Chicago> <around the turn of the century>

  2. 2 :  in all directions outward from <look around you>

  3. 3 :  here and there in or throughout <barnstorming around the country>

  4. 4 :  so as to have a center or basis in <a society organized around kinship ties>

Examples of around in a sentence

  1. The people were seated around the table.

  2. A crowd gathered around him.

  3. He tied the rope around his waist.

  4. We went all around the lake enjoying the different views.

  5. They sailed around the world.

  6. He's a well-known figure around the town.

  7. We drove all around the town looking for him.

  8. This is a very interesting town: let me show you around it.

  9. We took a tour around New England.

  10. You can find lots of good restaurants around here.

14th Century

First Known Use of around

14th century




Simple Definition of around

  • : existing or active

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of around

  1. 1 :  about 1 <has been up and around for two days>

  2. 2 :  being in existence, evidence, or circulation <the most intelligent of the artists around today — R. M. Coates>

been around

  1. :  gone through many varied experiences :  become worldly-wise

Examples of around in a sentence

  1. <she's generally regarded as one of the most talented singers around>


First Known Use of around


Rhymes with around

abound, aground, astound, background, bloodhound, boozehound, brassbound, break ground, campground, chowhound, clothbound, come round, compound, confound, coonhound, deerhound, deskbound, dumbfound, earthbound, eastbound, elkhound, expound, fairground, fogbound, foot-pound, foreground, foxhound, gain ground, go-round, greyhound, half-bound, hardbound, hellhound, hidebound, high ground, homebound, horehound, housebound, icebound, impound, inbound, ironbound, lose ground, newfound, newshound, northbound, outbound, playground, pot-bound, profound, propound, rebound, redound, renowned, resound, rockbound, rock hound, scent hound, sight hound, sleuthhound, smooth hound, snowbound, softbound, southbound, spellbound, staghound, stone-ground, stormbound, strikebound, surround, to ground, top round, unbound, unround, unsound, well-found, westbound, wolfhound, year-round

AROUND Defined for Kids



adverb \ə-ˈrau̇nd\

Definition of around for Students

  1. 1 :  in circumference <The tree is five feet around.>

  2. 2 :  in or along a curving course <The road goes around the lake.>

  3. 3 :  on all sides <Papers were lying around.>

  4. 4 :  nearby <Stay around a while.>

  5. 5 :  in close so as to surround <People gathered around to see.>

  6. 6 :  in many different directions or places <He likes to travel around from state to state.>

  7. 7 :  to each in turn <Pass the candy around.>

  8. 8 :  in an opposite direction <Turn around.>

  9. 9 :  almost but not exactly :  approximately <The price is around five dollars.>




Definition of around for Students

  1. 1 :  in a curving path along the outside boundary of <He walked around the house and peeked in the windows.>

  2. 2 :  on every side of <A crowd gathered around the winner.>

  3. 3 :  on or to another side of <around the corner>

  4. 4 :  here and there in <She plans to travel around the country.>

  5. 5 :  near in number, time, or amount <They left around three o'clock.>

  6. 6 :  in the area near to <Fish are plentiful around the reefs.>

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a block used as a base for a statue

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