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English adverb: around

1. around in the area or vicinity

SamplesA few spectators standing about.
Hanging around.
Waited around for the next flight.


2. around by a circular or circuitous route

SamplesHe 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

SamplesWandering 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

SamplesThe wheels are spinning around.

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

SamplesLasted 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.

Synonymsabout, approximately, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some

6. around in or to a reversed position or direction

SamplesAbout face.
Suddenly she turned around.


7. around to a particular destination either specified or understood

SamplesShe came around to see me.
I invited them around for supper.

8. around all around or on all sides

SamplesDirty 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

SamplesThe trunk is ten feet around.
The pond is two miles around.

10. around from beginning to end; throughout

SamplesIt rains all year round on Skye.
Frigid weather the year around.


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