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



    BrE BrE//əˈraʊnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈraʊnd//
    (especially North American English) (usually British English round)
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  1. 1  surrounding somebody/something; on each side of something The house is built around a central courtyard. He put his arms around her.
  2. 2  on, to or from the other side of somebody/something Our house is just around the corner. The bus came around the bend. There must be a way around the problem.
  3. 3  in a circle They walked around the lake.
  4. 4  in or to many places in an area They walked around the town looking for a place to eat. 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.
  5. 5to fit in with particular people, ideas, etc. I can't arrange everything around your timetable!
  6. 6in connection with somebody/something synonym about There are a lot of questions around her motivation. He has issues around food and dieting.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from a- ‘in, on’ + round.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: around

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