What does around mean?

Definitions for around
əˈraʊndaround

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. around(Adverb)

    Generally.

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

  2. around(Adverb)

    From place to place, or from one place to another

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

  3. around(Adverb)

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

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

  4. around(Adjective)

    Alive; existing.

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

  5. around(Preposition)

    Defining a circle or closed curve containing a thing.

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

  6. around(Preposition)

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

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

  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.

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

  8. around(Preposition)

    Near; in the vicinity of.

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

  9. around(Preposition)

    At various places in.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + round.]

  2. Around(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + round.]

  3. Around(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + round.]

  4. Around

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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + round.]

  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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + round.]

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. around

    From a place to a specific location.

    They went around to see their friend.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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

How to pronounce around?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say around in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of around in a Sentence

  1. Qari Yousaf Ahmadi:

    Despite the threats, we now run an efficient media office, but maintaining haze around our identity is more crucial now as we are winning and the enemy is getting increasingly frustrated.

  2. Jared Coleman:

    28 to 32 times, mr. Gebhardt stated that Coggins had been messing around with his old lady.

  3. Alexei Malashenko:

    It's a signal: we will clean the field around you so that you know your place, but you are personally not in trouble yet. some people in security services of the Russian Federation don't like Ramzan Kadyrov because it's permitted to him to do everything he wants.

  4. The Israel Securities Authority:

    This is a complex case in which the suspects acted very cleverly and disguised the transfer route of the bribery money through bank accounts in various places around the world.

  5. Mark DeBoer:

    It's hard to turn around weight gain later on, so we need to be action-minded and prevention-minded with this issue.

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