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around

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adverb \ə-ˈrau̇nd\

Definition of around

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

  2. 2a :  on all or various sides :  in every or any direction papers lying around There was 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 We had to wait around awhile.

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

  4. 4a :  in rotation or succession Another winter has come around.b :  from beginning to end :  through The weather is 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 It costs 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


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around

preposition

Definition of around

  1. 1a :  on all sides of a yard with a fence around itb :  so as to encircle or enclose seated around the tablec :  so as to avoid or get past :  on or to another side of trying to find a way around their objections We went around the lake. around the cornerd :  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 They went 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.

Origin and Etymology of around

see 1around


First Known Use: 15th century


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around

adjective

Definition of around

  1. 1 :  about 1 He 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 He knows what he's talking about; he's been around.

Examples of around in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of around

see 1around


First Known Use: 1849


AROUND Defined for English Language Learners

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around

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adverb \ə-ˈrau̇nd\

Definition of around for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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around

preposition

Definition of around for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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around

adjective

Definition of around for English Language Learners

  • : existing or active


AROUND Defined for Kids

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around

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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.


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around

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preposition

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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