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Meaning of “around” in the English Dictionary

"around" in British English

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aroundpreposition, adverb

uk   us   /əˈraʊnd/ (UK also round)
  • around preposition, adverb (IN THIS DIRECTION)

A2 in a ​position or ​directionsurrounding, 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 ​busleft, she ​turned around (= so that she was ​facing in the ​oppositedirection) and ​wavedgoodbye 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 ​yeartravelling around ​Africa and ​Asia. The museum's ​collectionincludesworks 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).

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  • around preposition, adverb (IN THIS PLACE)

A2 positioned or ​moving in or near a ​place, often without a ​cleardirection, ​purpose, or ​order: He always ​leaves his ​clotheslying 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 while. 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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aroundadverb

uk   us   /əˈraʊnd/
(Definition of around from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"around" in American English

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aroundpreposition, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /əˈrɑʊnd/
in a ​position or ​directionsurrounding, along the ​outside of, or from one ​part of to another: We ​sat around the ​table. Go around to the back of the ​house and come in through the ​kitchen. We ​drove around ​town for a while, ​looking for a ​place to ​park. She ​turned around (= so that she was ​facing in the ​oppositedirection) and ​wavedgoodbye. fig. He ​built his ​story around the ​theme of ​spiritualloneliness.
in or to many ​parts of or all ​directions: Car ​phones are ​common all around the ​country. People came from ​miles around.

aroundadjective, adverb

 us   /əˈrɑʊnd/
  • around adjective, adverb (HERE/NEAR)

positioned or ​moving in or near a ​place: I used to ​live around here. Will you ​guys be around next ​week?

aroundadverb

 us   /əˈrɑʊnd/
  • around adverb (APPROXIMATELY)

about; ​approximately: Around 40 ​peopleshowed up. He ​arrived in Kansas City around 1984.
(Definition of around from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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