Definition of around adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    around

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//əˈraʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊnd//
     
    For the special uses of around in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example come around to something is in the phrasal verb section at come.
     
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  1. 1  approximately He arrived around five o'clock. The cost would be somewhere around £1 500.
  2. 2  on every side; surrounding somebody/something I could hear laughter all around. a yard with a fence all around
  3. 3  (especially North American English) (usually British English round) moving in a circle How do you make the wheels go around?
  4. 4  (especially North American English) (usually British English round) measured in a circle an old tree that was at least ten feet around
  5. 5  in or to many places We were all running around trying to get ready in time. This is our new office—Kay will show you around. There were papers lying around all over the floor.
  6. 6  used to describe activities that have no real purpose There were several young people sitting around looking bored.
  7. 7  present in a place; available There was more money around in those days. I knocked but there was no one around. Digital television has been around for some time now.
  8. 8active and well known in a sport, profession, etc. a new tennis champion who could be around for a long time She's been around as a film director since the 1980s.
  9. 9(especially North American English) (usually British English round) in a circle or curve to face another way or the opposite way She turned the car around and drove off. They looked around when he called. see also about, round Which Word?around / round / about Around and round can often be used with the same meaning in British English, though around is more formal:The earth goes round/​around the sun. They live round/​around the corner. We travelled round/​around India. She turned round/​around when I came in. In North American English only around can be used in these meanings. Around, round and about can also sometimes be used with the same meaning in British English:The kids were running around/​round/​about outside. I’ve been waiting around/​round/​about to see her all day. In North American English only around can be used in these meanings. About or around can be used in both British English and North American English to mean ‘approximately’:We left around/​about 8 o’clock.
  10. Word Origin Middle English: from a- ‘in, on’ + round.Idioms to have gained knowledge and experience of the world
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: around

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