What does around mean?

Definitions for aroundəˈraʊnd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word around.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [Pref. a- + round.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Around

    a-rownd′, prep. on all sides of: (Amer.) round about.—adv. on every side: in a circle: (Amer.) round, all about, [a, on, and Round.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of around in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of around in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deborah Chambers:

    It's sort of like, what do I see in you? there must be something about relationships that are built around eating, around food, around the dinner table, and we have just desegregated that.

  2. Angel Blessing:

    Angels around us, angels beside us, angels within us. Angels are watching over you when times are good or stressed. Their wings wrap gently around you, whispering you are loved and blessed.

  3. Valentin Vogt:

    So far we have around 80,000 per year and economic growth is around 1 percent. I would say around 65,000 (would be appropriate in 2016) and if unemployment would rise I suspect it should be around 50,000.

  4. Buddy Valastro:

    I've always been in and around Hoboken, i'm a Hoboken guy, and I know the town inside and out. I walk around and say hi to people I've known for years. And on the show, we always portray Hoboken in a good light. Businesses around here do better with us here.

  5. Donald Trump:

    We must continue once again to shine a light on the horrendous atrocities taking place around the corner and around the globe, we must continue to fight injustice in all its forms, in whatever scale or shape it takes in our lives. Together, we must declare that the era of allowing brutality against women and children is over, while affirming that the time for empowering women around the world is now. For wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حول, بالقرب, قربArabic
  • наблизо, наоколо, около, къде да е, навсякъде, от всички страниBulgarian
  • passant, al voltant deCatalan, Valencian
  • okolo, kolemCzech
  • umGerman
  • περίGreek
  • alrededor de, alrededor, por, cerca de, por acá, a eso deSpanish
  • دوروبَر, پیرامون, نزدیکا, نزدیکیاPersian
  • tienoilla, ympäriinsä, ympärillä, hengissä, ympärille, noin, ympäriFinnish
  • autour, versFrench
  • umIrish
  • mu thimcheall, timcheall, mun cuairt, mu chuairtScottish Gaelic
  • के आस-पासHindi
  • otouHaitian Creole
  • շուրջըArmenian
  • verso, intorno a, vicino, attorno, intornoItalian
  • circum, circaLatin
  • насекаде, близу, во близина, наоколу, околу, овде-ондеMacedonian
  • madwarMaltese
  • omheen, om, rondom, langs, rondDutch
  • dookoła, wokółPolish
  • perto de, em torno de, por aqui, por volta dePortuguese
  • în jurul, ici-colo, aproape de, împrejurul, peste totRomanian
  • вокруг, всюду, поблизости, вблизи, околоRussian
  • परिSanskrit
  • omkring, kring, runtSwedish

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