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English definition of “around”

around

preposition, adverb (IN THIS DIRECTION)    /əˈraʊnd/ (UK also round)
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).General location and orientation Grammar:Around or round?Around and round are prepositions or adverbs. We use around and round when we refer to movements in circles or from one place to another. Around and round can both be used. Around is more common in American English. Round is a little more common in speaking:
(Definition of around prepositionadverb (IN THIS DIRECTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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