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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 action He'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 The Utes have won nine in a row against their rivals and are favored again this time around. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 But law enforcement experts say the failure to predict and prevent the violence on Jan. 6 means officials should prepare for the worst this time around. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 This time around, the city will be paying slightly less on what will be a nearly $33,000 contract (roughly 28 percent of the overall cost), with RMS covering the rest if University Hospital officials do not want to participate in the upcoming year. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 Two years after needing a dramatic 7-foot putt by Suzann Pettersen to slip by the Americans at Gleneagles, the final putt this time around was more of an exclamation point on three days of steady and occasionally spectacular play by the visitors., 6 Sep. 2021 But this time around, the Platinos are planning an in-person event to celebrate the best offerings from the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American screen industries. Jamie Lang, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 So there also would have been a financial component to consider had LaMarcus considered the Heat this time around. Ira Winderman,, 4 Sep. 2021 This time around, the family brought with them 14 family members and friends including Dori and Garrett along with Dillon’s grandparents. Matt Murschel,, 2 Sep. 2021 This time around, it’s YouTube personality and Marvel insider Grace Randolph who says that No Way Home will move. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Here are the ten most glamorous hotels in and around Barcelona. Isabelle Kliger, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 It will be put to use for years, especially around anniversaries, with the power to trigger emotions. Steve Buscemi, Time, 9 Sep. 2021 The challenges of playing someone instantly recognized around the world involved more than just mastering her mannerisms, however. Stephanie Petit,, 9 Sep. 2021 On Capitol Hill, the politics around fencing in the iconic building and its grounds proved challenging for lawmakers after the January insurrection., 9 Sep. 2021 State business records show Stote and Shoff were in business together around the time the Sheriff’s Office said Shoff was murdered. Eileen Kelley,, 9 Sep. 2021 Much of the discussion around pollution in the Chesapeake Bay centers on loads of nitrogen and phosphorous — nutrients capable of breeding oxygen-sucking algae blooms — and on water clarity and bacteria levels. Christine Condon,, 9 Sep. 2021 Yes, there were drops by his receivers, but imagine the conversation around Lance if his four near-picks hadn’t clanked off defenders’ hands. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 Many of his players are in a similar position, as the slumping attendance in the year before his arrival became a talking point around the UTSA program. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since gymnast Suni Lee won the Olympic all-around title on July 29, her social media accounts have been buzzing. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 There were hints that the pressure was building for Biles, who has been the face of these troubled Olympics, and its potential savior as the leader of Team USA who was expected to repeat gold in the team event and defend her all-around title. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 7 Aug. 2021 The 18-year-old Ms. Lee, who finished fifth on the balance beam, won the Olympic all-around title. Will Graves, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2021 Since winning the all-around title Thursday, Lee had been caught up in social media and the whirlwind of instant celebrity. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 American gymnast Suni Lee adds bronze medal on uneven bars to all-around title. Editors, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2021 At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Gabrielle Douglas became the first Black American to secure the Olympic individual all-around title. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 29 July 2021 Lee’s victory continued the U.S. tradition: An American has won every Olympic all-around title since 2004. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 29 July 2021 Carey’s emergence as an all-around threat comes after years of being known more as a floor and vault powerhouse. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021

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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


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


Middle English, derivative of around around entry 1


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11 Sep 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of around

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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



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


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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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