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around adv
1 in the area or vicinity; "a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight" [syn: about]
2 by a circular or circuitous route; "He came all the way around the base"; "the road goes around the pond"
3 to or among many different places or in no particular direction; "wandering about with no place to go"; "people were rushing about"; "news gets around (or about)"; "traveled around in Asia"; "he needs advice from someone who's been around"; "she sleeps around" [syn: about]
4 in a circle or circular motion; "The wheels are spinning around"
5 (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party" [syn: approximately, about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, or so]
6 in or to a reversed position or direction; "about face"; "brought the ship about"; "suddenly she turned around" [syn: about]
7 to a particular destination either specified or understood; "she came around to see me"; "I invited them around for supper"
8 all around or on all sides; "dirty clothes lying around (or about)"; "let's look about for help"; "There were trees growing all around"; "she looked around her" [syn: about]
9 in circumference; "the trunk is ten feet around"; "the pond is two miles around"
10 from beginning to end; throughout; "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around" [syn: round]

User Contributed Dictionary



Probably from a (preposition) + round.


  • /əˈɹaʊnd/, /@"raUnd/
  • Rhymes: -aʊnd
  • Hyphenation: a·round


  1. In a circular formation.
    The jackals began to gather around.
  2. Along the edges; on every side, in all directions.
    There isn't another house here for miles around.
  3. In random places; aimlessly, with no real direction.
    There are too many kids in the town centre, just hanging around for hours.
  4. With circular motion; coming back to a particular place.
    Well, my luck's really turned around!
  5. Nearby, in the area.
    I'll see you around, mate.


  1. Defining a circle or closed curve containing.
    I planted a row of lillies around the statue.
  2. 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.
  3. Near (also applicable to time).
    I left my keys somewhere around there.
    I left the house sometime around 10:00.
  4. At various places in.
    The pages from the notebook were scattered around the room.


defining a circle or closed curve containing

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