- Around is defined as in a circle or ring.
A tie is an example of something that goes around one's neck.
- round; esp.,
- in a circle; along a circular course or circumference
- in or through a course or circuit, as from one place to another
- on all sides; in every direction
- in circumference
- in or to the opposite direction, belief, etc.
- in various places; here and there
- in succession or sequence: his turn came around
- in every part of; throughout: the year around
- Informal within a close periphery; nearby: stay around
- ☆ Informal to a (specified or understood) place: come around to see us
- Informal nearly; approximately; about: around five pounds
Origin of aroundMiddle English ; from a-, on + round: all senses derive from those of “circling, within a circle”
- on the circumference, border, or outer part of
- so as to encircle
- so as to surround or envelop
- from the beginning to the end of (a period of time); throughout
- so as to rotate or revolve about (an axis or center)
- on all sides of; in every direction from
- in various places in or on; here and there in; all about
- to or through every part or various parts of; in a circuit or course through
- so as to make a curve or partial circuit about
- at a point reached by making such a circuit about: the house around the corner
- so as to master or overcome (an obstacle or problem): we got around the boss by finding a substitute
- in the vicinity of; near to: somewhere around the building
- ☆ somewhat close to; about: it happened around 1965
- so as to be based on: a speech written around a favorite concept
- on the move; about: he's up and around now
- existing; living: when dinosaurs were around
have been around☆
Informal to have had wide experience; be sophisticated
- a. On all sides: dirty clothes lying around.b. In close to all sides from all directions: a field bordered around with tall trees.
- In a circle or with a circular motion: spun around twice.
- In circumference or perimeter: a pond two miles around.
- In succession or rotation: passed the collection plate around; seasons that rolled around each year.
- In or toward the opposite direction or position: wheeled around to face the attacker.
- a. To or among various places; here and there: wander around.b. To a specific place: Come around again sometime.
- In or near one's current location: waited around for the next flight.
- From the beginning to the end: frigid weather the year around.
- Approximately; about: weighed around 30 pounds; around $1.3 billion in debt.
- On all sides of: trees around the field.
- In such a position as to encircle or surround: a sash around the waist.
- a. Here and there within; throughout: on the political stump around the country.b. In the immediate vicinity of; near: She lives around Norfolk.
- On or to the farther side of: the house around the corner.
- So as to pass, bypass, or avoid: a way around an obstacle; got around the difficulty somehow.
- Approximately at: woke up around seven.
- In such a way as to have a basis or center in: an economy focused around farming and light industry.
- Being in existence: Our old dog is no longer around.
- Being in evidence; present: asked if the store manager was around.
Origin of aroundMiddle English : probably a-, in; see a–2 + round, circle; see round1.
- Defining a circle or closed curve containing a thing.
- I planted a row of lillies around the statue. The jackals began to gather around [someone or something].
- Following the perimeter of a specified area and returning to the starting point.
- We walked around the football field. She went around the track fifty times.
- Following a path which curves near an object, with the object on the inside of the curve.
- The road took a brief detour around the large rock formation, then went straight on.
- (of distance, time) Near; in the vicinity of.
- I left my keys somewhere around here. I left the house around 10 this morning. There isn't another house here for miles around. I'll see you around [the neighbourhood, etc.]
- At various places in.
- The pages from the notebook were scattered around the room. Those teenagers like to hang around the mall.
- From place to place.
- There are rumors going around that the company is bankrupt.
- She went around the office and got everyone to sign the card.
- Look around and see what you find.
- We moved the furniture around in the living room.
- From one state or condition to an opposite or very different one; with a metaphorical change in direction; bringing about awareness or agreement.
- The team wasn't doing well, but the new coach really turned things around.
- He used to stay up late but his new girlfriend changed that around.
- The patient was unconscious but the doctor brought him around quickly. (see bring around, come around)
- I didn't think he would ever like the new design, but eventually we brought him around. (see bring around, come around)
- (with turn, spin, etc.) Partially or completely rotated, including to face in the opposite direction.
- Turn around at the end of this street.
- She spun around a few times.
- Used with verbs to indicate repeated or continuous action, or in numerous locations or with numerous people
- Stop kidding around. I'm serious.
- I asked around, and no-one really liked it.
- Shopping around can get you a better deal.
- When are you going to stop whoring around, find a nice girl, and give us grandchildren?