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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•round /əˈraʊnd/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. in a circle or in a ring;
    on all sides: The crowd gathered around and watched.
  2. in all directions (when viewed from a point in the center of somewhere): could see for miles around.
  3. in the region about a place;
    here and there: They travel around together.
  4. when measured around the outside of a circle: The tree was 40 inches around.
  5. in a circular or rounded course;
    moving in a circle;
    with a spinning or rotating movement: The car's wheels were spinning around in the snow.
  6. through a sequence or series, as of places or persons: We showed our visitors around.
  7. through a repeating period of time:Lunchtime rolled around again.
  8. by an indirect way;
    not in a straight or direct course: The lane goes around past the stables.
    • in or to another, opposite direction or course: twisted her head around and saw him coming.
    • to another, usually opposite, opinion:After our arguments, she finally came around.
  9. back into consciousness: The smelling salts brought her around.
  10. somewhere near;
    somewhere about;
    nearby: I'll be around for an hour or so.
  11. present and available: There aren't many jobs around now.
  12. to a specific place (known to the speaker and hearer): Come around to see me.

prep. 
  1. about;
    on all sides;
    circling;
    surrounding: wrapped paper around the package.
  2. on the edge, border, or outer part of: a skirt with fringe around the bottom.
  3. from place to place in;
    about: to get around town.
  4. in all or various directions from: She looked around the room.
  5. in the vicinity of;
    near to: the countryside around Boston.
  6. approximately;
    about: How about meeting around five o'clock?
  7. here and there in:people around the city.
  8. somewhere in or near:had to stay around the house.
  9. to all or various parts of: We wandered around the park.
  10. so as to make a circle surrounding: The tour boat sails around the island.
  11. reached by making a turn or partial turn about: The church is just around the corner.
  12. so as to revolve or rotate about a center: the earth's motion around its axis.
  13. personally close to: All the advisers around him say he should retire.
  14. so as to overcome: got around the problem by raising prices.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsbeen around, [no object] gone through much experience:He looked as if he had been around and knew the score.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•round  (ə round),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. in a circle, ring, or the like;
    so as to surround a person, group, thing, etc.:The crowd gathered around.
  2. on all sides;
    about:His land is fenced all around.
  3. in all directions from a center or point of reference:He owns the land for miles around.
  4. in a region or area neighboring a place:all the country around.
  5. in circumference:The tree was 40 inches around.
  6. in a circular or rounded course:to fly around and around.
  7. through a sequence or series, as of places or persons:to show someone around.
  8. through a recurring period, as of time, esp. to the present or a particular time:when spring rolls around again.
  9. by a circuitous or roundabout course:The driveway to the house goes around past the stables.
  10. to a place or point, as by a circuit or circuitous course:to get around into the navigable channel.
  11. with a rotating course or movement:The wheels turned around.
  12. in or to another or opposite direction, course, opinion, etc.:Sit still and don't turn around. After our arguments, she finally came around.
  13. back into consciousness:The smelling salts brought her around.
  14. in circulation, action, etc.;
    about:He hasn't been around lately. The play has been around for years. When will she be up and around?
  15. somewhere near or about;
    nearby:I'll be around if you need me.
  16. to a specific place:He came around to see me.
  17. been around, having had much worldly experience:He's been around and isn't likely to be taken in.

prep. 
  1. about;
    on all sides;
    encircling;
    encompassing:a halo around his head.
  2. so as to encircle, surround, or envelop:to tie paper around a package.
  3. on the edge, border, or outer part of:a skirt with fringe around the bottom.
  4. from place to place in;
    about:to get around town.
  5. in all or various directions from:to look around one.
  6. in the vicinity of:the country around Boston.
  7. approximately;
    about:It's around five o'clock.
  8. here and there in:There are many cafés around the city.
  9. somewhere in or near:to stay around the house.
  10. to all or various parts of:to wander around the country.
  11. so as to make a circuit about or partial circuit to the other side of:to go around the lake; to sail around a cape.
  12. reached by making a turn or partial circuit about:the church around the corner.
  13. so as to revolve or rotate about a center or axis:the earth's motion around its axis.
  14. personally close to:Only the few advisers around the party leader understood his real motives.
  15. so as to get by a difficulty:They got around the lack of chairs by sitting on the floor.
  16. so as to have a foundation in:The novel is built around a little-known historical event.
  • Middle English around(e). See a-1, round 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
around /əˈraʊnd/ prep
  1. situated at various points in: a lot of shelves around the house
  2. from place to place in: driving around Ireland
  3. somewhere in or near
  4. approximately in: it happened around 1957, I think
adv
  1. surrounding, encircling, or enclosing: a band around her head
  2. in all directions from a point of reference: he owns the land for ten miles around
  3. in the vicinity, esp restlessly but idly: to wait around, stand around
  4. here and there; in no particular place or direction: dotted around
  5. informal (of people) active and prominent in a particular area or profession
  6. informal present in some place (the exact location being inexact)
  7. informal in circulation; available: that type of phone has been around for some years now
  8. informal to many places, so as to have gained considerable experience, often of a worldly or social nature: he gets around, I've been around
Etymology: 17th Century (rare earlier): from a-² + round
USAGE
In American English, around is usually used instead of round in adverbial and prepositional senses, except in a few fixed phrases such as all year round. The use of around in adverbial senses is less common in British English

'around' also found in these entries:
Collocations: (somewhere) around [here, there, the city hall], it's around [500] miles to [London, the coast], is there a [pharmacy, station] around here?, more...

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