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.
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?
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. …