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Meaning of around by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • arownd ( obsolete )


    From Middle English around, arounde, from a- ( from Old English a- ( “on, at” ) ) + Middle English round ( “circle, round” ), equivalent to a- +‎ round. Cognate with Scots aroond, aroon ( “around” ). Displaced earlier Middle English umbe, embe ( “around” ) ( from Old English ymbe ( “around” ) ). See umbe .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /əˈɹaʊnd/, X-SAMPA: /@"raUnd/
    • ( US ) IPA: /əˈɹæwnd/
    • Rhymes: -aʊnd
    • Hyphenation: a‧round



    1. Defining a circle or closed curve containing a thing .
      I planted a row of lillies around the statue .
      The jackals began to gather around [someone or something] .
    2. Following the perimeter of a specified area and returning to the starting point .
      We walked around the football field .
      She went around the track fifty times .
    3. Following a path which curves near an object, with the object on the inside of the curve
      The road took a brief detour around the large rock formation, then continued straight .
    4. ( of distance, time ) Near; in the vicinity of .
      I left my keys somewhere around here .
      I left the house around 10 this morning .
      There isn't another house here for miles around .
      I'll see you around [the neighbourhood, etc.] .
    5. At various places in .
      The pages from the notebook were scattered around the room .
      Those teenagers like to hang around the mall .

    Derived terms


    around ( not comparable )

    1. ( informal, with the verb "to be" ) Alive; existing .
      The record store on Main Street? Yes, it's still around .
      A: How is old Bob? I heard that his health is failing .
      B: Oh, he's still around. He's feeling better now .

    Derived terms

    • be around


    around ( not comparable )

    1. Generally .
    2. From place to place, or from one place to another
      There are rumors going around that Will is dead .
      He's running around trying to stop the rumors from spreading .
      Look around and see what you find .
      bring around
      come around
    3. ( with turn, spin, etc. ) Partially or completely rotated, including to face in the opposite direction .
      Turn around at the end of this street .
      She spun around a few times .

    Derived terms

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    • about


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: ask · question · doubt · #411: around · black · lady · truth

Explanation of around by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ( of quantities ) imprecise but fairly close to correct

    2. weighs around a hundred pounds
    3. in circumference

    4. the trunk is ten feet around
      the pond is two miles around
    5. in the area or vicinity

    6. hanging around
      waited around for the next flight
    7. from beginning to end

    8. frigid weather the year around
    9. by a circular or circuitous route

    10. He came all the way around the base
      the road goes around the pond
    11. in a circle or circular motion

    12. The wheels are spinning around
    13. all around or on all sides

    14. dirty clothes lying around ( or about )
      There were trees growing all around
      she looked around her
    15. to a particular destination either specified or understood

    16. she came around to see me
      I invited them around for supper
    17. in or to a reversed position or direction

    18. suddenly she turned around
    19. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction

    20. news gets around ( or about )
      traveled around in Asia
      he needs advice from someone who's been around
      she sleeps around

    Definition of around by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Around adv. [Pref. a- + round.]
      1. In a circle; circularly; on every side; round.

      2. In a circuit; here and there within the surrounding space; all about; as, “to travel around from town to town”.

      3. Near; in the neighborhood; as, “this man was standing around when the fight took place”. [Colloq. U. S.]

      ☞ See Round, the shorter form, adv. & prep., which, in some of the meanings, is more commonly used.

    2. Around, prep.
      1. On all sides of; encircling; encompassing; so as to make the circuit of; about.

      A lambent flame arose, which gently spread

      Around his brows. Dryden.

      2. From one part to another of; at random through; about; on another side of; as, “to travel around the country; a house standing around the corner.” [Colloq. U. S.]