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

about, round

Synonyms: Preposition

about, by, near, next to, nigh

Synonyms: Adjective

alive, existent, existing, extant, living

Antonyms: Adjective

dead, extinct, nonextant

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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, Bloomberg.com, "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

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Then, my face was covered in pink netting to keep everything in place while my spajumma wrapped warm, wet towels around my limbs and slapped them. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 18 May 2019 The first is the Centenary Edition, which is limited to 500 copies and costs around $3800 (at current exchange rates). Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Bentley's Coffee-Table Book Costs Over $250,000 and Is Covered in Diamonds," 17 May 2019 Beyond this, the fashion world is just one of the many industries known for skirting around mental health issues. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The New Lazy Oafs Collection Is Raising Awareness About Mental Health," 15 May 2019 After undergoing emergency surgery to remove a large tumor around her spinal chord, Miller was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a highly aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here's Why Abby Lee Miller Is In a Wheelchair," 11 May 2019 Related Knotel has grown to 200 locations globally from around 20 locations at the beginning of 2018, according to the company. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Kuwait-Owned Firm in Talks to Back Knotel," 2 May 2019 While Urban Decay also has the Naked Heat and Naked3 palettes, which skirt around the red family, Naked Cherry holds its own. Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 Every Tuesday, Alison drives to Atlanta to attend a small group meeting with nine other physicians, followed by a large meeting with around 80 other doctors, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019 To do that, Cortana (or another agent) needed to be able to sense the world around it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana AI gives programmable bots listening and decisionmaking skills," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Hurd, who won the all-around competition at last year’s world championships, scored third on vault yesterday. Kara Eaker, 15, won the balance beam. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 The freshman captured the all-around title at the South Sectional with a score of 37.625, winning the vault (9.625) and uneven bars (9.55) in the process. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 The freshman captured the all-around title at the South Sectional with a score of 37.625, winning the vault (9.625) and uneven bars (9.55) in the process. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 The freshman captured the all-around title at the South Sectional with a score of 37.625, winning the vault (9.625) and uneven bars (9.55) in the process. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 The freshman captured the all-around title at the South Sectional with a score of 37.625, winning the vault (9.625) and uneven bars (9.55) in the process. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 6 May 2018 Greenwich’s Adernys De Jesus was the top gymnast in the state, winning the all-around competition in the Open and taking the vault and bars titles, as well. Sean Begin, courant.com, "The 2017-18 All-Courant High School Gymnastics Team," 4 May 2018 The freshman captured the all-around title at the South Sectional with a score of 37.625, winning the vault (9.625) and uneven bars (9.55) in the process. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 21 Apr. 2018 Top gymnasts are usually still in their teens: Gabby Douglas won the individual all-around title at the London Olympics at age 16 in 2012. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The sex abuse scandal surrounding USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, explained," 21 Apr. 2018

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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, Preposition, and Adjective

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

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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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