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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisharounda‧round /əˈraʊnd/ ●●● S1 W1 adverb, preposition  1 AROUND/ROUNDsurrounding or on all sides of something or someone syn round British English The whole family was sitting around the dinner table. The Romans built a defensive wall around the city. She wore a beautiful silk shawl around her shoulders. People crowded around to see what was happening. We would hear the birds singing all around us.2 moving in a circle syn round British English A helicopter was circling around, looking for somewhere to land. They danced around the bonfire.3 in or to many places or parts of an area syn about British English He wandered around the streets, looking in shop windows. There are over 40 radio stations dotted around the country. When I finished college, I travelled around for a while. Since it’s your first day here, would you like me to show you around? We started looking around for somewhere to live.4 a) British English in an area near a place or person syn round Is there a bank around here? When you’ve been around a person long enough, you start to know how they’ll react. the new housing areas in and around Dublin Catherine was the most beautiful girl for miles around. b) if someone or something is around, they are somewhere in the place where you are Why is there never a policeman around when you need one? Jake went down to the bar, but there was no one around that he knew. Is your dad around? The list is somewhere around.5 British English on the other side of something, or to the other side of it without going through it or over it syn round If the gate’s locked, you’ll have to go around the side of the house. There’s a door around the back. She ran around the corner and straight into the arms of John Delaney.
6 used to say that someone or something turns so that they face in the opposite direction syn round British English Rex spun around and kicked the gun from her hand. Slowly he turned the boat around towards the open sea.7 (also around about) used when guessing a number, amount, time etc, without being exact There must have been around 40,000 people in the stadium. The whole project will probably cost around $3 million. Most guests started to make their way home around about ten o'clock.see thesaurus at approximate8 existing syn about British English That joke’s been around for years. Manson has a reputation as one of the most stylish designers around.9 if something is organized around a particular person or thing, it is organized according to their needs, wishes, ideas etc Why does everything have to be arranged around what Callum wants to do? Their whole society was built around their religious beliefs.10 used to show that someone spends time in a place without doing anything useful syn about British English I’ve been waiting around all morning. They could be seen hanging around street corners, watching the girls go by.
11 a way around a difficult situation or problem is a way to solve it or avoid it syn round British English We must find a way around these difficulties. The company is expected to get around this problem by borrowing from the banks.12 to other people or positions syn round British English Write your name on this list and pass it around. Someone’s been moving the furniture around.13 have been around14 American English used to show the length of a line surrounding something Redwood trees can measure 30 or 40 feet around. round1, → get around (something) at get around, → go around in circles at circle1(5)
Examples from the Corpus
aroundDon't leave all your clothes lying around.It was 11:30 at night, and no one was around.Since it's your first day here, would you like me to show you around?I'll turn the car around and pick you up at the door.Reporters crowded around as Jensen left the courtroom.I think the B-52's were the best band around at the time.When I finished college, I traveled around for a while before I got my first job.That joke's been around for years.The children were dancing around in a circle.Kevin spun his chair around to greet me as I walked into his office.all aroundThe prison had high walls all around.She saw it happening all around her.The poor are winning; they are all around, making themselves felt.Why not the women I saw all around me, working from before dawn to dark?There were flowers all around the apartment.All around the coast the story is similar.All around the crater, figures were standing in attitudes of paralyzed astonishment.Door gunners all around us were pulverizing the ground around him, but Leese had not given our gunners permission to fire.Horns were blaring all around us.Pure-hearted men are all around you.somewhere aroundYour house current is somewhere around 110 volts, which is enough to fry everything inside your machine.From quite an early age I was expected to be somewhere around.There was no definite sound, but he knew that Mabel would be somewhere around.She had not specified, but somewhere around four thirty to five would have been a reasonable time to return.All the heavy materials came from junk spinning somewhere around in the solar system.She was probably the oldest woman in the village, being somewhere around sixty.I rolled forward, hoping there would be a parking pad somewhere around the bend coming up.It came from somewhere around the corner.around the corner"Is there a bank near here?'' "Sure, it's just around the corner.''We rented a baking facility around the corner.Caricature was just around the corner.The car screeched around the corner after him in a burst of fumes and querulous voices.They claim that news is just around the corner, and that it will be on us before we know it.She might think we're just around the corner and that we're not coming to see her.We met in a bar just around the corner from my apartment.Out in the street afterwards they wandered around the corner into Leicester Square to see the Christmas lights.He clenched his teeth together but the first syllable forced itself around the corner of his mouth.Around the corner, the public waits in a long line for a chance to eat breakfast in a Senate restaurant.