Around meaning

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On all sides of.

Trees around the field.

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From the beginning to the end.

Frigid weather the year around.

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Approximately at.

Woke up around seven.

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So as to rotate or revolve about (an axis or center)
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On all sides of; in every direction from.
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So as to master or overcome (an obstacle or problem)

We got around the boss by finding a substitute.

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In the vicinity of; near to.

Somewhere around the building.

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Somewhat close to; about.

It happened around 1965

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So as to be based on.

A speech written around a favorite concept.

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On the move; about.

He's up and around now.

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Existing; living.

When dinosaurs were around.

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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].

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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.

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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.

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(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.]

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At various places in.

The pages from the notebook were scattered around the room. Those teenagers like to hang around the mall.

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(informal, with the verb "to be") Alive; existing.

The record store on Main Street? Yes, it's still around.

"How is old Bob? I heard that his health is failing." "Oh, he's still around. He's feeling better now."

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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.

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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)

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(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.

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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?

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Around is defined as in a circle or ring.

A tie is an example of something that goes around one's neck.

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In a circle or with a circular motion.

Spun around twice.

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In circumference or perimeter.

A pond two miles around.

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In succession or rotation.

Passed the collection plate around; seasons that rolled around each year.

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In or toward the opposite direction or position.

Wheeled around to face the attacker.

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In or near one's current location.

Waited around for the next flight.

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In such a position as to encircle or surround.

A sash around the waist.

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On or to the farther side of.

The house around the corner.

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So as to pass, bypass, or avoid.

A way around an obstacle; got around the difficulty somehow.

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In such a way as to have a basis or center in.

An economy focused around farming and light industry.

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Being in existence.

Our old dog is no longer around.

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Being in evidence; present.

Asked if the store manager was around.

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Round.
  • 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; throughout.
    The year around.
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Within a close periphery; nearby.

Stay around.

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To a (specified or understood) place.

Come around to see us.

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Nearly; approximately; about.

Around five pounds.

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So as to surround or envelop.
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From the beginning to the end of (a period of time); throughout.
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Approximately; about.

Weighed around 30 pounds; around $1.3 billion in debt.

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been around
  • Had many and varied experiences; been experienced in the ways of the world:.
    A young executive who has been around.
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have been around
  • To have had wide experience; be sophisticated.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

been around

Origin of around

  • Middle English probably a- in a–2 round circle round1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English around, arounde, from a- (from Old English a- (“on, at”)) + Middle English round (“circle, round”), equivalent to a- +‎ round. Cognate with Scots aroond, aroon (“around”). Displaced earlier Middle English umbe, embe (“around”) (from Old English ymbe (“around”)). See umbe.
    From Wiktionary