around

adverb
\ 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 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.

around

preposition

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

around

adjective

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 To find these and more of the best Amazon deals around, check out our list below. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 28 Feb. 2021 If the Pelicans are wanting to keep Ball around but only for a certain price, these trade offers could tip the hand of a potential free agency bidding war. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, "New Orleans Pelicans Could Possibly Trade Every Guard They Did Not Draft In The Next Three Weeks," 28 Feb. 2021 But high school is what brought her back around to singing. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "'You decide to win': Phoenix teen is taking a positive outlook to 'American Idol' audition," 27 Feb. 2021 The art within The Vendue is also constantly switched up and moved around as well to maximize the visually stimulating environment. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Charleston Hotel Makes You Feel Like You're Sleeping in a Contemporary Art Museum," 27 Feb. 2021 Abby Pitts, Anderson - She advanced to the state tournament by winning a Southwest District title in the vault (9.3), bars (9.175) and all-around (36.25) Feb. 20. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school athletes of week, Feb. 26," 27 Feb. 2021 But by October, by the time another postseason rolled around, the itch to pitch returned. Los Angeles Times, "Brandon Morrow hopes he can be a weapon for the Dodgers again in his return to L.A.," 27 Feb. 2021 Imagine your son running around, saying words in Hungarian. . . . Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andi Schmied’s Billionaire-Espionage Art Project," 27 Feb. 2021 Other researchers quickly began to look around at what was already on hand, in hospitals and pharmacies, and on drug store shelves. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Everything old is new again: Repurposing drugs to treat Covid-19," 27 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition New norms took hold around safe socializing, including Zoom happy hours, PowerPoint parties and countless virtual festivals. Elliott Phear, Forbes, "Three Key Takeaways For Harnessing The Power Of Local," 1 Mar. 2021 And there’s a lot of science around that, the material build-up of the stage deck itself. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville Amphitheater leaders talk booking, food, Spinal Tap moment," 1 Mar. 2021 Some strains of bacteria also remain in the large intestine around the bowel area. Sakshi Udavant, chicagotribune.com, "How do probiotics work?," 1 Mar. 2021 Grassroots efforts are funneling upward of 100,000 gallons of bottled water to residents in and around the Austin area. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Texas attorney general sues electricity provider after customers report exorbitant utility bills amid winter crisis," 1 Mar. 2021 Then, people may have been more comfortable hanging around others possibly unmasked, Margolius said. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Why are COVID-19 cases down? Experts say rise and fall depends on cycle of following guidelines," 1 Mar. 2021 So many of them centered around violence, loss and grief. IndyStar, "Everyone counted these kids out. But this 38th Street football team defies expectations.," 1 Mar. 2021 Dispatchers said deputies with the Boone County Sheriff's Office, along with crews from Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue, responded around 10:46 a.m. to the incident at South Fork Road and Hance Road in Verona, Kentucky. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "One person rescued from vehicle stuck during flood in Boone County," 1 Mar. 2021 Between the two hashtags, there are more than 45,000 videos of the feta pasta circulating around the app’s ether. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What Makes a Food Go Viral? Inside the Explosive Popularity of TikTok’s Feta Pasta," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Low queue depth workloads is something Intel has pushed on its Optane SSDs (RIP) and Optane Memory drives, but Intel said the new 670P offers sizeable increases in all-around performance too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's new 670p SSD is tuned for the 'real world'," 1 Mar. 2021 The 36-year-old James is still one of the best all-around players in modern basketball, while the 39-year-old Ibrahimovic remains among Serie A's scoring leaders with 14 goals in just 13 league games for Milan. NBC News, "LeBron James responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic telling him to stay out of politics," 27 Feb. 2021 On Friday, Michael Flowers put forth a solid all-around effort for South Alabama with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama holds on vs. Appalachian State for 7th straight win, 65-63," 20 Feb. 2021 The junior is one of the better all-around players in the area, averaging 18.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 steals. cleveland, "Breaking down district action in the Division I girls basketball playoffs," 12 Feb. 2021 Maldonado is one of the conference’s best all-around players, and Williams is the early leader for Mountain West freshman of the year. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mountain West preview: experience plays big part for Aztecs, competitors," 31 Dec. 2020 After starring in an all-around effort Sunday, Marc Gasol wasn’t much of a factor against Portland, watching in the fourth quarter as Vogel closed with Montrezl Harrell at center. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers falter at finish: 5 takeaways from loss to Portland," 29 Dec. 2020 All nine available scholarship players scored in what was the best all-around effort, not just statistically, of Oregon’s season. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Chris Duarte’s 21 leads Oregon Ducks in blowout of Portland," 19 Dec. 2020 Deni Avdija, 6-9 SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv: The best international prospect in the draft has similar all-around skills to a taller version of 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "NBA mock draft: From Wolves top pick to where Minnesotans Oturu, Nnaji go," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of around

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

History and Etymology for around

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

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

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Last Updated

3 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/around. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for around

around

adverb

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

around

preposition

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)

around

adjective

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

: existing or active

around

adverb
\ 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.

around

preposition

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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