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English definition of “round”


preposition, adverb (AROUND)  /raʊnd/ mainly UK (US usually around)
A2 in a circular direction or position ; around: The Moon goes round the Earth . We ran round (the outside of the house ) to the back, looking for the dog . The idea has been going round and round in my head all day (= I can't stop thinking about it). When one engine stopped , we had to turn round (= turn to face the opposite direction ) and fly home . He tried to go round the keeper (= move with the football past a goalkeeper ) but was forced wide . → See also theatre in the roundBending, twisting and curving theatre in the roundGrammar: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 round prepositionadverb (AROUND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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