around preposition, adverb (IN THIS DIRECTION)
He put his arm around her.
As the bus left, she turned around (= so that she was facing in the opposite direction) and waved goodbye to us.
- The snake coiled itself tightly around the deer.
- People clustered around the noticeboard to read the exam results.
- She drew her coat tightly around her shoulders.
- She flung her arms around his neck.
- The cathedral dominates the landscape for miles around.
around preposition, adverb (IN THIS PLACE)
I used to live around (= near) here.
She's never around (= near here) when you need her.
Will you be around next week?
- While she waited, she walked aimlessly around the car park.
- A wasp came towards us and Howard started waving his arms around.
- She gathered up the newspapers that were scattered around the floor.
- If your sister's around, bring her too.
- Don't walk around outside in your bare feet.
around adverb (APPROXIMATELY)
around two months ago
around four o'clock
- The first election results are expected around 1 a.m.
- The temperature is usually around 20 degrees C at this time of year.
- This dish only takes around 15 minutes to prepare.
- He said that he had seen the man leaving the building around the time of the murder.
- Tickets for such events will typically cost around 30 dollars.
Approximations (around four o’clock)When we speak, we often try not to be too exact or factual because it can sound very direct. As a result, we add expressions to make what we say more approximate or vague. …