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around

adverb \ ə-ˈrau̇nd \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of around

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.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of around

Middle English, from 1a- + 2round

around Synonyms

Synonyms
about, round
Antonyms
exactly, precisely
Related Words
all over, everyplace, everywhere; abroad, afloat, hereabouts (or hereabout)
Near Antonyms
clockwise, deasil

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around

preposition

Definition of around

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of around

around Synonyms

Synonyms
about, by, near, next to, nigh, next door to
Related Words
alongside, beside; across, along, at; circa; toward (or towards)

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around

adjective

Definition of around

1 : about 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.

Examples of around in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of around


AROUND Defined for English Language Learners

around

adverb

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


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)


around

adjective

Definition of around for English Language Learners

  • : existing or active


AROUND Defined for Kids

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around

adverb \ ə-ˈrau̇nd \

Definition of around for Students

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.

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around

preposition

Definition of around for Students

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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