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Definition of around preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1surrounding someone or something; on each side of something The house is built around a central courtyard. He put his arms around her.
  2. 2on, to, or from the other side of someone or something Our house is just around the corner. The bus came around the bend. There must be a way around the problem.
  3. 3in a circle They walked around the lake.
  4. 4to fit in with particular people, ideas, etc. I can't arrange everything around your schedule!
  5. 5in or to many places in an area They walked around the town looking for a place to eat. see also round
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: around