Definitions for aroundəˈraʊnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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. (prep.)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.

Idioms for around:

  1. been around,having had much worldly experience.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of around:

1250–1300; ME around(e); see a-1, round1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. about, around(adverb)

    in the area or vicinity

    "a few spectators standing about"; "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight"

  2. around(adverb)

    by a circular or circuitous route

    "He came all the way around the base"; "the road goes around the pond"

  3. about, around(adverb)

    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(adverb)

    in a circle or circular motion

    "The wheels are spinning around"

  5. approximately, about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, around, or so(adverb)

    (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. about, around(adverb)

    in or to a reversed position or direction

    "about face"; "suddenly she turned around"

  7. around(adverb)

    to a particular destination either specified or understood

    "she came around to see me"; "I invited them around for supper"

  8. about, around(adverb)

    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(adverb)

    in circumference

    "the trunk is ten feet around"; "the pond is two miles around"

  10. round, around(adverb)

    from beginning to end; throughout

    "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. around(preposition)əˈraʊnd


    a fence around the yard; people all around him

  2. aroundəˈraʊnd

    in or near a place

    It's beautiful around here.

  3. aroundəˈraʊnd

    in or to different parts of a place

    to travel around the world; as we walked around the city

  4. aroundəˈraʊnd

    in a circular movement or path

    Go around the house to the back door.

  5. aroundəˈraʊnd


    around 300 guests; He left around 11:30.

  6. around(adverb)əˈraʊnd

    moving to face the opposite direction

    She suddenly turned around.

  7. aroundəˈraʊnd

    in or near a place

    Is he going to be around today?

  8. aroundəˈraʊnd

    in or to different parts of a place

    I looked around trying to find him.

  9. aroundəˈraʊnd

    in a circular movement or path

    a top spinning around and around

  10. aroundəˈraʊnd

    existing or available for use

    a new model that's only been around for a month

  11. aroundəˈraʊnd


    a small pond with flowers all around


  1. around(Adverb)


  2. around(Adverb)

    From place to place, or from one place to another

  3. around(Adverb)

    Partially or completely rotated, including to face in the opposite direction.

  4. around(Adjective)

    Alive; existing.

  5. around(Preposition)

    Defining a circle or closed curve containing a thing.

  6. around(Preposition)

    Following the perimeter of a specified area and returning to the starting point.

  7. around(Preposition)

    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.

  8. around(Preposition)

    Near; in the vicinity of.

  9. around(Preposition)

    At various places in.

  10. Origin: From around, from a- (from a-) + round, equivalent to . Cognate with aroond, aroon. Displaced earlier umbe, embe (from ). See umbe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Around(adverb)

    in a circle; circularly; on every side; round

  2. Around(adverb)

    in a circuit; here and there within the surrounding space; all about; as, to travel around from town to town

  3. Around(adverb)

    near; in the neighborhood; as, this man was standing around when the fight took place

  4. Around

    on all sides of; encircling; encompassing; so as to make the circuit of; about

  5. Around

    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


  1. Around

    Around is Tom Verlaine's ninth solo album, his second all instrumental one. It was engineered in New York City by Patrick A. Derivaz.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'around' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #372

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'around' in Written Corpus Frequency: #467

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'around' in Adverbs Frequency: #60

Translations for around

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in the opposite direction

Turn around!

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