around

1 of 3

adverb

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
a
: 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
a
: 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
a
: 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.

around

2 of 3

preposition

1
a
: 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

around

3 of 3

adjective

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
Phrases
been around
: gone through many varied experiences : become worldly-wise
He knows what he's talking about; he's been around.

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
And also, for as long as Twitter is around, Michael, listeners can follow us there. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2022 And others that have been around for a while like Uchi, Kata Robata, Shun Japanese Kitchen, Soto, Tobiuo and MF Sushi are all worthy destinations, too. Emma Balter, Chron, 1 Dec. 2022 Love actually might be all around, but that doesn't mean it's properly represented in Richard Curtis' holiday classic — at least, according to him. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 30 Nov. 2022 While the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been around since its 1933 inception, the tradition has yet to lose its holiday magic. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 30 Nov. 2022 Papp: Tardigrades have been around for even longer than the dinosaurs—by, like, 200 million years. Ashleigh Papp, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2022 But the Sun Bowl has been around for some 90 years, the country’s second-longest bowl game behind the Rose. oregonlive, 30 Nov. 2022 Paris Wolfe reports the pop-ups are around for a limited time. cleveland, 29 Nov. 2022 Throngs of macaque monkeys ran around, at times fighting with each other, while the crowds of visitors and locals grew. Tian Macleod Ji, ajc, 27 Nov. 2022
Preposition
Daniel quickly turned around and left the event, according to three people knowledgeable of the situation. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 These ships can be constructed from scratch in around half the time of a permanent onshore gas terminal and at 60% of the cost. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 This wrap-around chair combines a 360 rotation with plush leather arms and headrest for a lounging option nonpareil. Leah Melby Clinton, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Dec. 2022 In a large, deep pot, add about 1 inch of oil over medium-high heat (the total amount will vary depending on the pot dimensions, but expect around 4 cups/about 1 liter). Lopè Ariyo, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 Officers spot a man believed to be Olson pushing a bicycle on the 7000 block of South 35th Street in Franklin at around 10:15 a.m. local time, according to Oliva. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2022 Since moving to Mullett Arena, which holds 5,000, Meruelo has added around $30 million in upgrades. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2022 But the relationship has turned around with Macron emerging as one of Biden's most forward-facing European allies in the Western response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Aamer Madhani, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Nov. 2022 Disney shares closed around 3% lower on Monday, but edged slightly higher in pre-market trade on Tuesday morning. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2022
Adjective
The New Orleans Saints shut out the Las Vegas Raiders in their best all-around performance of the season. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 4 Nov. 2022 Windmon became the first Spartan to capture three Big Ten defensive player of the week honors after another all-around performance in Saturday’s 34-28 double-overtime win against Wisconsin. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2022 And finally Draymond Green, who struggled for a lot of these Finals, turned in the kind of all-around performance that will one day land him in the Hall of Fame. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Families, friends and classmates were there to lend their moral and vocal support as the Golden Tornadoes put on an impressive all-around performance. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 Impressed by the all-around performance, Sabbagh hopes Gaxiola continues to set the example for the Sabercats throughout the playoffs. Ian Garcia, The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2022 This time, the Tigers did it in front of more than 9,000 fans at Auburn Arena and on the back of a stellar all-around performance from Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 28 Jan. 2022 Dale Kersten of South was the top male shooter and the 2022 Top Air Gun champion with a perfect score of 200 in the prone position and an all-around total of 568-29x. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2022 If your home has a variety of flooring surfaces, including hardwood, carpet, and rugs, the Shark Vertex DuoClean vacuum is a great all-around choice. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English arounde, a round "along the margin, on all sides," from a- a- entry 1 + round, rounde round entry 3

Preposition

Middle English, derivative of around around entry 1

Adjective

derivative of around entry 1

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Preposition

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

Adjective

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near around

Cite this Entry

“Around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/around. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

around

1 of 2 adverb
1
: in circumference
a tree five feet around
2
: in or along a curving path
3
: on all sides
papers lying around
4
: nearby
stick around a while
5
: here and there in various places
travel around
6
: to each in turn
pass the fruit around
7
: from beginning to end
mild the year around
8
: in or to an opposite direction or position
turn around
9
: close to : approximately
costs around $20

around

2 of 2 preposition
1
a
: on all sides of
were fields around the village
b
: so as to encircle or enclose
people seated around the table
c
: on or to another side of
voyage around Cape Horn
d
: near to
lives around Chicago
2
: here and there in or throughout
travel around the country

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