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English definition of “around”

around

adverb, preposition
 
 
/əˈraʊnd/
IN A CIRCLE (also UK round) A2 on all sides of something: They sat around the table. He put his arms around her waist.General location and orientationSomewhere, anywhere, nowhere, or everywhereEnclosing, surrounding and immersing
DIRECTION (also UK round) B1 to the opposite direction: He turned around and looked at her.General words for movement
CIRCULAR MOVEMENT (also UK round) A2 in a circular movement: This lever turns the wheels around.Bending, twisting and curvingGeneral words for movement
ALONG OUTSIDE (also UK round) along the outside of something, not through it: You have to walk around the house to get to the garden.General location and orientationFrom, out and outside
TO A PLACE (also UK round) A2 to or in different parts of a place: She showed me around the museum. I spent a year travelling around Australia.Somewhere, anywhere, nowhere, or everywhereGeneral words for movement
SEVERAL PLACES (also UK round) B1 from one place or person to another: She passed a plate of sandwiches around. There's a virus going around the school.General words for movement
HERE B2 here, or near this place: Is Roger around?General location and orientationSomewhere, anywhere, nowhere, or everywhere
EXISTING present or available: Mobile phones have been around for years now.PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible
APPROXIMATELY A2 used before a number or amount to mean 'approximately': around four o'clock around twenty thousand pounds → See also throw your weight aroundApproximate
(Definition of around from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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