\ ə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce around (audio) \

Definition of around

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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.
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.
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 actionHe's always joking around when he should be serious.Don't play around with your food.
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 : in or to an opposite direction or position turn around
6 : with some approach to exactness : approximately It costs around $5.

Definition of around (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : on all sides of a yard with a fence around it
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 trying to find a way around their objections We went around the lake. around the corner
d : near lives around Chicago around the turn of the century
2 : in all directions outward from Look around you.
3 : here and there in or throughout They went barnstorming around the country.
4 : so as to have a center or basis in a society organized around kinship ties



Definition of around (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : about sense 1 He has been up and around for two days.
2 : being in existence, evidence, or circulation … the most intelligent of the artists around today.— R. M. Coates
been around
: gone through many varied experiences : become worldly-wise He knows what he's talking about; he's been around.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for around

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of around in a Sentence

Adverb Don't take the long way around: I know a shortcut. He entered the room and looked around. This is a very interesting town: let me show you around. I'm not sure where it is, but it must be around somewhere. It's safer when there are other people around. I'd like to speak to him if he's around. Preposition The people were seated around the table. A crowd gathered around him. He tied the rope around his waist. We went all around the lake enjoying the different views. They sailed around the world. He's a well-known figure around the town. We drove all around the town looking for him. This is a very interesting town: let me show you around it. We took a tour around New England. You can find lots of good restaurants around here. Adjective she's generally regarded as one of the most talented singers around
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Paula Knudson Ferbrache reportedly had left work around 2 p.m. and not returned home. Nicole Blanchard Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Elmore County officials treating elderly woman’s death as ‘suspicious’," 26 Aug. 2017 Though the heyday of the seagull logo is long past, the teen apparel brand with the California vibe has charged back into the mix, trying to turn things around for its struggling parent, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Kim Bhasin,, "How Hollister Came Back From The Dead," 25 Aug. 2017 The rings would change slightly each go around, explaining the irregularity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Theory for "Alien Megastructure": A Planet Like Saturn, But Close To The Sun," 25 Aug. 2017 Like a lot of teens, Ian and Mason spent their free time playing video games, goofing around and indulging in copious amounts of Taco Bell and Wendy's fare. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "When autism, diabetes make a friendship stronger," 25 Aug. 2017 Best to go around 5pm, after the bartender has just set the trays of local honeys and lemons on the bar, which will then be mixed into pops and fizzes made with house made vodka and gin and served in vintage cocktail glasses. Condé Nast Traveler, "Ladies and Gentlemen," 25 Aug. 2017 The 700-pound reduction in weight along with a new four-cylinder engine help boost fuel economy, and the smaller size also makes Acadia easier to maneuver, especially around turns and corners. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "New GMC Acadia Denali version gives this SUV the royal treatment," 25 Aug. 2017 Females are able to store that sperm for about a month within their bodies before fertilizing a clutch of around 200 eggs. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control," 23 Aug. 2017 The incident happened around 6 p.m. last Thursday at the YMCA on YMCA Drive, which is off of W. C. Street in Kannapolis. charlotteobserver, "Teen injured in Kannapolis near-drowning remains hospitalized," 23 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The Cobb County Police Department said the man was wounded at Cumberland Mall around 1 p.m. following an argument and that the shooting suspect ran away. Fox News, "Shooting at suburban Atlanta mall injures 1 as shoppers flee," 15 Dec. 2019 There is one in San Antonio, one in the DFW area, and a few popping up around the greater Houston area Stansel said. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Business Roundup: Fresh-made cookie franchise opening soon in Atascocita," 14 Dec. 2019 One actor wanders around the aisles giving out clementines, another tosses bags of cookies at patrons. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Joyous Christmas Carol on Broadway," 14 Dec. 2019 At present, more than 650 million women and girls around the world have been or are currently married before 18 years old, according to UNICEF. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "Child marriage is a global scourge. Here's how Ethiopia is fighting it.," 14 Dec. 2019 Many people around the world have asked: How could the tours of the island continue in the face of such warning signs? Nick Perry, Twin Cities, "Rescuer describes horror of New Zealand’s silent eruption; 16 believed killed," 14 Dec. 2019 The protests are centered around a different theme ever week. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Sally Field arrested during Jane Fonda's weekly climate change protest," 14 Dec. 2019 But the Corbyn project and some of the people around Corbyn are still tainted by not just the charges of anti-Semitism but the catastrophe of this election. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Boris Johnson’s Brexit Won," 14 Dec. 2019 The courtroom clattered with the tapping of keyboards – at least a dozen journalists had been crammed onto the benches that run around the side of the chamber. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Southeast Missouri’s Anna Kaziska grabbed the all-around title with 38.95 points, a performance boosted by wins in the vault (9.675) and balance beam (9.875). Anchorage Daily News, "UAA gymnasts open season with a victory," 11 Jan. 2020 The Saints all-around performer takes the snap and gains a first down. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Game blog: Drew Brees breaks record, Saints smash Colts," 16 Dec. 2019 Biles has won the all-around title at every world championships she's competed in, starting in 2013. James Ellingworth, Houston Chronicle, "Simone Biles wins record 5th all-around title at worlds," 10 Oct. 2019 Biles has won the all-around title at every world championships she's competed in, starting in 2013. James Ellingworth,, "Simone Biles wins fifth all-around title at gymnastics world championships," 10 Oct. 2019 To complete the all-around team effort, Burbank pitchers Liliana Escobar and Hailey Franco combined for an abbreviated no-hitter. Vincent Nguyen,, "Burbank 9-10-11 Little League softball All-Stars claim state championship," 9 July 2019 There are fireworks, gatherings of family and friends, copious amounts of eating and drinking and just a general, all-around celebration of everything that's good about America. Rex Crum,, "13 all-American movies to stream for Independence Day," 1 July 2019 Minnesota was led by the pitching of Johan Santana and the all-around excellence of Joe Mauer. Noah Trister, Twin Cities, "Twins came from out of nowhere to set home run record," 2 Sep. 2019 But no player has come close to the all-around excellence of Baugh in that one stellar year., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of around


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for around

Adverb, Preposition, and Adjective

Middle English, from a- entry 1 + round entry 2

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The first known use of around was in the 14th century

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“Around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of around

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: in a circle
: in, along, or through a curving path
chiefly US used to indicate a measurement that is made along the outer surface of something circular

English Language Learners Definition of around (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of around (Entry 3 of 3)

: existing or active


\ ə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce around (audio) \

Kids Definition of around

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in circumference The tree is five feet around.
2 : in or along a curving course The road goes around the lake.
3 : on all sides Papers were lying around.
4 : nearby Stay around a while.
5 : in close so as to surround People gathered around to see.
6 : in many different directions or places He likes to travel around from state to state.
7 : to each in turn Pass the candy around.
8 : in an opposite direction Turn around.
9 : almost but not exactly : approximately The price is around five dollars.

Kids Definition of around (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in a curving path along the outside boundary of He walked around the house and peeked in the windows.
2 : on every side of A crowd gathered around the winner.
3 : on or to another side of around the corner
4 : here and there in She plans to travel around the country.
5 : near in number, time, or amount They left around three o'clock.
6 : in the area near to Fish are plentiful around the reefs.

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