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around round about
You can also use these words as prepositions.
Speakers of American English usually use around, rather than 'round' or 'about', in this sense.
When one thing is around or round another thing, it surrounds it or is on all sides of it. In this sense, these words are prepositions. You can't use 'about' in this sense.
Speakers of American English usually use around, rather than 'round', in this sense.
When you are talking about something being generally present or available, you can use around or about, but not 'round', as adverbs.
You can also use around or round as the second part of some phrasal verbs, including come (a)round, turn (a)round, look (a)round, and run (a)round.
American English uses only around in these cases.
In conversation, around, about and round about are sometimes used to mean 'approximately'.
Don't use 'round' like this. Don't say, for example, 'He owns round 200 acres.'
|Adv.||1.||around - in the area or vicinity; "a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight"|
|2.||around - by a circular or circuitous route; "He came all the way around the base"; "the road goes around the pond"|
|3.||around - used of movement 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"|
|4.||around - in a circle or circular motion; "The wheels are spinning around"|
|5.||around - (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"|
|6.||around - in or to a reversed position or direction; "about face"; "suddenly she turned around"|
|7.||around - to a particular destination either specified or understood; "she came around to see me"; "I invited them around for supper"|
|8.||around - 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"|
|9.||around - in circumference; "the trunk is ten feet around"; "the pond is two miles around"|
|10.||around - from beginning to end; throughout; "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around"|
is he around? → ¿está por aquí?
there's a lot of flu around → hay mucha gripe por ahí
all around → por todos lados
she's been around (= travelled) → ha viajado mucho, ha visto mucho mundo (pej) (= experienced) → se las sabe todas
around here → por aquí
is there a chemist's around here? → ¿hay alguna farmacia por aquí?
we're looking around for a house → estamos buscando casa
for miles around → en muchas millas a la redonda
he must be somewhere around → debe de estar por aquí
she wore a scarf around her neck → llevaba una bufanda alrededor del cuello
she ignored the people around her → ignoró a la gente que estaba a su alrededor
to wander around the town → pasearse por la ciudad
there were books all around the house → había libros en todas partes de la casa or por toda la casa
to go around the world → dar la vuelta al mundo
see also round, corner
Is he around? → Est-il dans les parages?, Est-il là?
around here → près d'ici
Is there a chemist's around here? → Est-ce qu'il y a une pharmacie près d'ici?
He lives around here → Il habite près d'ici.
BUT Il habite dans les parages.
He has been around → Il a du vécu.
She wore a scarf around her neck → Elle portait une écharpe autour du cou.
It measures fifteen feet around the trunk
BUT Le tronc mesure quinze mètres de circonférence.
for miles around → nel raggio di molte miglia
he must be somewhere around → dev'essere qui in giro or nei paraggi
do you know your way around? → conosci il luogo?, sai come muoverti qui attorno?
around 10 o'clock → verso le 10
around 50 → circa 50