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a. On all sides: dirty clothes lying around.
b. In close to all sides from all directions: a field bordered around with tall trees.
2. In a circle or with a circular motion: spun around twice.
3. In succession or rotation: passed the collection plate around; seasons that rolled around each year.
4. In or toward the opposite direction or position: wheeled around to face the attacker.
a. To or among various places; here and there: wander around.
b. To a specific place: Come around again sometime.
6. In or near one's current location: waited around for the next flight.
7. From the beginning to the end: frigid weather the year around.
8. Approximately; about: weighed around 30 pounds; around $1.3 billion in debt.
1. On all sides of: trees around the field.
2. In such a position as to encircle or surround: a sash around the waist.
a. Here and there within; throughout: on the political stump around the country.
b. In the immediate vicinity of; near: She lives around Norfolk.
4. On or to the farther side of: the house around the corner.
5. So as to pass, bypass, or avoid: a way around an obstacle; got around the difficulty somehow.
6. Approximately at: woke up around seven.
7. In such a way as to have a basis or center in: an economy focused around farming and light industry.
1. Having a given circumference or perimeter: a pond two miles around.
2. Being in existence: Our old dog is no longer around.
3. Being in evidence; present: asked if the store manager was around.
been around Informal
Had many and varied experiences; been experienced in the ways of the world: a young executive who has been around.

[Middle English : probably a-, in; see a-2 + round, circle; see round1.]
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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: to stay around the house.
4. approximately in: it happened around 1957, I think.
5. surrounding, encircling, or enclosing: a band around her head.
6. in all directions from a point of reference: he owns the land for ten miles around.
7. in the vicinity, esp restlessly but idly: to wait around; stand around.
8. here and there; in no particular place or direction: dotted around.
9. informal (of people) active and prominent in a particular area or profession: some pop stars are around for only a few years.
10. informal present in some place (the exact location being inexact): he's around here somewhere.
11. informal in circulation; available: that type of phone has been around for some years now.
12. 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.
[C17 (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
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1. in a circle, ring, or the like.
2. on all sides; about: fenced in all around.
3. in all directions from a center or point of reference: They own the land for miles around.
4. in a region about a place: all the country around.
5. in circumference: The tree was 40 inches around.
6. in a circular course: to drive around the block.
7. through a sequence or series, as of places or persons: to show someone around.
8. through a recurring period, as of time: Lunchtime rolled around.
9. by a circuitous or roundabout course: The lane goes around past the stables.
10. with a rotating course or movement: The wheels turned around.
11. in or to another or opposite direction, course, opinion, etc.: Sit still and don't turn around. After our arguments, she finally came around.
12. back into consciousness: The smelling salts brought her around.
13. in circulation, action, etc.; nearby; about: He hasn't been around lately.
14. somewhere near or about; nearby: I'll be around till noon.
15. to a specific place: Come around to see me.
16. about; on all sides; encircling: a halo around his head.
17. so as to encircle, surround, or envelop: to tie paper around a package.
18. on the edge, border, or outer part of: a skirt with fringe around the bottom.
19. from place to place in; about: to get around town.
20. in all or various directions from: to look around one.
21. in the vicinity of: the country around Boston.
22. approximately; about: around five o'clock.
23. here and there in: people around the city.
24. somewhere in or near: to stay around the house.
25. to all or various parts of: to wander around the park.
26. so as to make a circuit about or partial circuit to the other side of: to sail around a cape.
27. reached by making a turn or partial circuit about: the church around the corner.
28. so as to revolve or rotate about a center or axis: the earth's motion around its axis.
29. personally close to: all the advisers around the king.
30. so as to overcome a difficulty: They got around the lack of chairs by sitting on the floor.
been around, having had much worldly experience.
[1250–1300; Middle English around(e); see a-1, round1]
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1. talking about movement: 'around', 'round', and 'about' as prepositions or adverbs

When you are talking about movement in many different directions, you can use around, round, or about. You can use these words as adverbs.

It's so romantic up there, flying around in a small plane.
We wandered round for hours.
Police walk about patrolling the city.

You can also use these words as prepositions.

I've been walking around Moscow.
I spent a couple of hours driving round Richmond.
He looked about the room but couldn't see her.

Speakers of American English usually use around, rather than 'round' or 'about', in this sense.

2. talking about position: 'around' and 'round' as prepositions

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.

She was wearing a scarf round her head.
He had a towel wrapped around his head.
The earth moves round the sun.
The satellite passed around the earth.

Speakers of American English usually use around, rather than 'round', in this sense.

3. being present or available: 'around' and 'about' as adverbs

When you are talking about something being generally present or available, you can use around or about, but not 'round', as adverbs.

There is a lot of talent around at the moment.
There are not that many jobs about.
4. 'around' and 'round' used in phrasal verbs

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.

Don't wait for April to come round before planning your vegetable garden.
When interview time came around, Rachel was nervous.
Imogen got round the problem in a clever way.
A problem has developed and I don't know how to get around it.
He turned round and faced the window.
The old lady turned around angrily.

American English uses only around in these cases.

5. 'around', 'about' and 'round about' meaning 'approximately'

In conversation, around, about and round about are sometimes used to mean 'approximately'.

He owns around 200 acres.
She's about twenty years old.
I've been here for round about ten years.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'round' like this. Don't say, for example, 'He owns round 200 acres.'

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.around - in the area or vicinityaround - 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 routearound - 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 motionaround - in a circle or circular motion; "The wheels are spinning around"
5.around - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correctaround - (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 sidesaround - 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 circumferencearound - 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"
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1. surrounding, about, enclosing, encompassing, framing, encircling, on all sides of, on every side of, environing a prosperous suburb built around a new mosque
3. about, all over, everywhere in I've been walking around Moscow and the town is terribly quiet.
1. in the opposite direction, the other way I turned around and wrote the title on the board.
2. everywhere, about, throughout, all over, here and there, on all sides, in all directions, to and fro What are you doing following me around?
3. near, close, nearby, handy, at hand, close by, close at hand It's important to have lots of people around.
Related words
prefix circum-
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1. In or toward a former location or condition:
2. Toward the back:
3. From one end to the other:
Having existence or life:
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حَوْلحَوْلَفي أَرْجَاءفي الجِهَة المُعاكِسَهقِريب، عَلى مَقْرُبَه
kolemokolopo celémpřibližněsem a tam
omkringrundt omrundt omkringca.i nærheden
á víî og dreif um, í kringumhérna, nærrisnúa viîumumhverfis
...의 주위에빙 둘러서(…)을 빙 둘러주변에주위에
čelom vzad
naokrogokoliokrogv bližini
omkringruntrunt omkring
bao quanhkhắpkhoảngvòng quanhxung quanh


When around is an element in a phrasal verb, eg look around, move around, potter around, look up the verb.
A. ADValrededor, en los alrededores
is he around?¿está por aquí?
there's a lot of flu aroundhay mucha gripe por ahí
all aroundpor todos lados
she's been around (= travelled) → ha viajado mucho, ha visto mucho mundo (pej) (= experienced) → se las sabe todas
around herepor aquí
is there a chemist's around here?¿hay alguna farmacia por aquí?
we're looking around for a houseestamos buscando casa
for miles arounden muchas millas a la redonda
he must be somewhere arounddebe de estar por aquí
1.alrededor de
she wore a scarf around her neckllevaba una bufanda alrededor del cuello
she ignored the people around herignoró a la gente que estaba a su alrededor
to wander around the townpasearse por la ciudad
there were books all around the househabía libros en todas partes de la casa or por toda la casa
to go around the worlddar la vuelta al mundo
see also round, corner
2. (= approximately) → aproximadamente, alrededor de
it costs around £100cuesta alrededor de or aproximadamente 100 libras
around 5050 más o menos
he must be around 50debe de tener unos 50 años
around 1950alrededor de 1950, hacia 1950
around two o'clocka eso de las dos
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(= surrounding) → autour, tout autour
(= nearby) → dans les parages
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.
to have been around
He has been around → Il a du vécu.
all around (= for everyone)
It would be better all around → Ça vaudrait mieux pour tout le monde.
(= surrounding) → autour de
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.
(= approximately) → environ, à peu près; (with expressions of time)vers
It costs around £100 → Cela coûte environ cent livres.
Let's meet at around 8 p.m → Retrouvons-nous vers vingt heures.
He was born around 1900
BUT Il est né aux alentours de 1900.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


advherum, rum (inf); a house with gardens all aroundein von Gärten umgebenes Haus, ein Haus mit Gärten ringsherum; I looked all aroundich sah mich nach allen Seiten um; books lying all aroundüberall herumliegende Bücher; they came from all aroundsie kamen aus allen Richtungen or von überall her; slowly, he turned arounder drehte sich langsam um; for miles aroundmeilenweit im Umkreis; to stroll/travel aroundherumschlendern/-reisen; is he around?ist er da?; if you want me I’ll be aroundich bin da, falls du mich brauchst; he must be around somewhereer muss hier irgendwo sein or stecken (inf); I didn’t know you were aroundich wusste nicht, dass du hier bist; he’s been around!der kennt sich aus!; it’s been around for agesdas ist schon uralt; he’s been around for ages (inf)der ist schon ewig hier (inf); see you around! (inf)also, bis demnächst!, bis bald!; where have you been? — (just) aroundwo warst du? — weg!
(= right round) (movement, position) → um; (in a circle) → um, … herum
(= in, through) to wander around the citydurch die Stadt spazieren; to travel around Scotlanddurch Schottland reisen; to talk around a subjectum ein Thema herumreden; to be or stay around the housezu Hause bleiben; I left it around your office somewhereich habe es irgendwo in deinem Büro gelassen; the paper must be around here somewheredie Zeitung muss hier irgendwo (he)rumliegen; the church must be around here somewheredie Kirche muss hier irgendwo sein
(= approximately) (with date) → um; (with time of day) → gegen; (with weight, price) → etwa, um die (inf) ? also round
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1. adv
a. (place) → attorno, intorno
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?
b. (approximately) → all'incirca, circa
around 10 o'clock → verso le 10
around 50 → circa 50
2. prepintorno a
it's just around the corner → è appena girato l'angolo
I've travelled around the country → ho girato tutto il paese
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(əˈraund) preposition, adverb
1. on all sides of or in a circle about (a person, thing etc). Flowers grew around the tree; They danced around the fire; There were flowers all around.
2. here and there (in a house, room etc). Clothes had been left lying around (the house); I wandered around.
near to (a time, place etc). around three o'clock.
1. in the opposite direction. Turn around!
2. near-by. If you need me, I'll be somewhere around.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


حَوَالِي, حَوْل, حَوْلَ, في أَرْجَاء, مِنْ حَوْلِ kolem, okolo, po celém ca., omkring, rundt om, rundt omkring herum, rundherum, um, um ... herum γύρω, γύρω από, περί, τριγύρω alrededor, alrededor de, aproximadamente, en maissa, ympäri, ympärillä autour, autour de, de part et d'autre de, vers oko, uokolo dappertutto, intorno, intorno a ・・・ごろに, ・・・じゅうに, ・・・を囲んで, あちこち, 周りに ...의 주위에, 빙 둘러서, (…)을 빙 둘러, 주변에, 주위에 rond, rondom, verspreid in omkring, rundt, rundt (om) dookoła, około, w każdym miejscu, wokół à volta de, ao redor, ao redor de, perto de, por, por toda parte, por volta de вокруг, всюду, около, повсюду omkring, runt, runt omkring ซึ่งเคลื่อนเป็นวงกลม, ประมาณ, รอบๆ çevrili, civarında, etrafında, etrafını, her yerinde bao quanh, khắp, khoảng, vòng quanh, xung quanh 周围, 四处, 围着, 大约
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


prep. en, cerca de;
to look ___buscar;
to turn ___voltear, dar la vuelta; virarse;
adv. alrededor, cerca, a la vuelta; más o menos;
___ herepor aquí, en los alrededores.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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adv alrededor; aproximadamente; prep alrededor de; around your arm..alrededor de su brazo
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References in classic literature ?
She said he was always thinking and thinking, since these troubles come on, and she allowed he didn't more'n about half know what he was about when the thinking spells was on him; and she said he walked in his sleep considerable more now than he used to, and sometimes wandered around over the house and even outdoors in his sleep, and if we catched him at it we must let him alone and not disturb him.
But if you was to go to Europe you'd see a raft of 'em hopping around."
It was a merry party, and they had made a merry day of it, circling the bay from San Francisco around by San Jose and up to Oakland, having been thrice arrested for speeding, the third time, however, on the Haywards stretch, running away with their captor.
They formed a little bodyguard around the bath-chair.
But the chief feature, all around this house, was the big heaps of manure.
They were seated around the table in the kitchen of the little Pine Street cottage, making a cold lunch of sandwiches, tamales, and bottled beer.
As for the Lion, he sniffed the fresh air with delight and whisked his tail from side to side in pure joy at being in the country again, while Toto ran around them and chased the moths and butterflies, barking merrily all the time.
Toto sat at one end of this table with a bib tied around his neck and a silver platter to eat from.
MUST I not wear stilts, that they may OVERLOOK my long legs--all those enviers and injurers around me?
At the same time, by a rope arrangement, his chair was whirled around and around.
Then the wind pushed the edges of the ripples until they became waves, and shoved the waves around until they became billows.
I SAW thee on thy bridal day - When a burning blush came o'er thee, Though happiness around thee lay, The world all love before thee: