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around

preposition, adverb uk   /əˈraʊnd/ (UK also round) us  

around preposition, adverb (IN THIS DIRECTION)

A2 in a position or direction surrounding, or in a direction going along the edge of or from one part to another (of): We sat around the table. He put his arm around her. A crowd had gathered around the scene of the accident. She had a scarf around her neck. The moon goes around the Earth. I walked around the side of the building. As the bus left, she turned around (= so that she was facing in the opposite direction) and waved goodbye to us. He put the wheel on the right/wrong way around (= facing the right/wrong way). The children were dancing around the room. I spent a year travelling around Africa and the Middle East. The museum's collection includes works of art from all around the world. She passed a plate of biscuits around (= from one person to another). This virus has been going around (= from one person to another).

around preposition, adverb (IN THIS PLACE)

A2 positioned or moving in or near a place, often without a clear direction, purpose, or order: He always leaves his clothes lying around (on the floor). She went into town and spent two hours just walking around. Let's take the children to the park so they can run around for a bit. I used to live around (= near) here. She's never around (= near here) when you need her. Will you be around next week? There's a lot of flu around (= a lot of people have it) at the moment. Smartphones have been around (= existed) for quite a while.

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