Meaning of AROUND in English


I. ə-ˈrau̇nd adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from a- (I) + round (II)

Date: 14th century


a. : in a circle or in circumference

the wheel goes around

a tree five feet around

b. : in, along, or through a circuit

the road goes around by the lake


a. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

papers lying around

nothing for miles around

b. : in close from all sides so as to surround

people crowded around

c. : in or near one's present place or situation

wait around awhile


a. : here and there : from one place to another

travels around on business

b. : to a particular place

come around for dinner

c. — used with some verbs to indicate repeated or continued action

always joking around when he should be serious

don't play around with your food


a. : in rotation or succession

another winter comes around

b. : from beginning to end : through

mild the year around

c. : in order

the other way around

5. : in or to an opposite direction or position

turn around

6. : with some approach to exactness : approximately

cost around $5

II. preposition

Date: 14th century


a. : on all sides of

b. : so as to encircle or enclose

seated around the table

c. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

find a way around their objections

went around the lake

around the corner

d. : near

lives around Chicago

around the turn of the century

2. : in all directions outward from

look around you

3. : here and there in or throughout

barnstorming around the country

4. : so as to have a center or basis in

a society organized around kinship ties

III. adjective

Date: 1849

1. : about 1

has been up and around for two days

2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation

the most intelligent of the artists around today — R. M. Coates

- been around

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