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Meaning & Definition of Around in English





1. In the area or vicinity

  • "A few spectators standing about"
  • "Hanging around"
  • "Waited around for the next flight"
  • about,
  • around

2. By a circular or circuitous route

  • "He came all the way around the base"
  • "The road goes around the pond"
  • around

3. Used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

  • "Wandering about with no place to go"
  • "People were rushing about"
  • "News gets around (or about)"
  • "Traveled around in asia"
  • "He needs advice from someone who's been around"
  • "She sleeps around"
  • about,
  • around

4. In a circle or circular motion

  • "The wheels are spinning around"
  • around

5. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

  • "Lasted approximately an hour"
  • "In just about a minute"
  • "He's about 30 years old"
  • "I've had about all i can stand"
  • "We meet about once a month"
  • "Some forty people came"
  • "Weighs around a hundred pounds"
  • "Roughly $3,000"
  • "Holds 3 gallons, more or less"
  • "20 or so people were at the party"
  • approximately,
  • about,
  • close to,
  • just about,
  • some,
  • roughly,
  • more or less,
  • around,
  • or so

6. In or to a reversed position or direction

  • "About face"
  • "Suddenly she turned around"
  • about,
  • around

7. To a particular destination either specified or understood

  • "She came around to see me"
  • "I invited them around for supper"
  • around

8. All around or on all sides

  • "Dirty clothes lying around (or about)"
  • "Let's look about for help"
  • "There were trees growing all around"
  • "She looked around her"
  • about,
  • around

9. In circumference

  • "The trunk is ten feet around"
  • "The pond is two miles around"
  • around

10. From beginning to end

  • Throughout
  • "It rains all year round on skye"
  • "Frigid weather the year around"
  • round,
  • around

Examples of using

Is food scarce around here?
Tom is running around with the wrong crowd.
And then he quickly looked around to make sure that nobody saw it.