English adverb: around
|1.||around in the area or vicinity|
|Samples||A few spectators standing about.|
Waited around for the next flight.
|2.||around by a circular or circuitous route|
|Samples||He came all the way around the base.|
The road goes around the pond.
|3.||around used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction|
|Samples||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.
|4.||around in a circle or circular motion|
|Samples||The wheels are spinning around.|
|5.||around (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct|
|Samples||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.
Holds 3 gallons, more or less.
20 or so people were at the party.
|Synonyms||about, approximately, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some|
|6.||around in or to a reversed position or direction|
Suddenly she turned around.
|7.||around to a particular destination either specified or understood|
|Samples||She came around to see me.|
I invited them around for supper.
|8.||around all around or on all sides|
|Samples||Dirty clothes lying around (or about).|
Let's look about for help.
There were trees growing all around.
She looked around her.
|9.||around in circumference|
|Samples||The trunk is ten feet around.|
The pond is two miles around.
|10.||around from beginning to end; throughout|
|Samples||It rains all year round on Skye.|
Frigid weather the year around.