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English definition of “around”

around

preposition, adverb (IN THIS PLACE)    /əˈraʊnd/ (UK also round)
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.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:See more
(Definition of around prepositionadverb (IN THIS PLACE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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