How to use
especially British English
surrounding or on all sides of something or someone
We sat round the table playing cards.
Gather round! I have an important announcement to make.
He put his arm gently round her waist.
I kept the key on a chain round my neck.
The ballroom's huge, with windows
all the way round
There was a lovely courtyard with tables
used to say that someone or something turns so that they face in the opposite direction
When he turned round I recognised him immediately.
Graham glanced round, startled by the voice behind him.
in or to many places or parts of an area
Reggie went round making sure all the lights were off.
Leah showed me round on my first day at the office.
A guide took us round the palace and gardens.
He spent a whole year travelling round Europe.
She looked round the room as though leaving it for the last time.
changes that are affecting the weather
moving in a circle
She watched the clock hands go round.
An aeroplane was circling round far overhead.
Until the 16th century people believed that the sun went round the earth.
He stared at the washing machine, just watching the clothes go
round and round
a shoal of tiny fish swimming
round in circles
if you go round to someone's house, you go to their house, usually to visit them
I might go round to Nigel's this evening.
He's invited us round for dinner.
We'll be round
to other people or positions
A big box of chocolates was handed round.
He'd moved his furniture round.
on the other side of something, or to the other side of it without going through it or over it
He ran round to open Kate's door for her.
There must be another entrance round the back.
I watched the two boys disappear
round the corner
She came round to his side of the desk.
in the area near a particular place
Much of the countryside round Hinkley Point is given over to agriculture.
Do you live
He owned all the land
in the surrounding area
used when guessing a number, amount, time etc without being exact
We got there round about half past nine.
He's round about the same age as my son.
It must have been round midnight when I saw him.
used to show that someone spends time in a place without doing anything useful
People were just standing round and not doing anything to help.
if something is organized round a particular person or thing, it is organized according to their needs, wishes, ideas etc
Working from home, she could arrange her hours round her children.
He had built his whole existence round her.
a way round a difficult situation or problem is a way to solve it or avoid it
She's going to have to buy a car. I can't see any other way round it.
used to show the length of a line surrounding something
The park was about five miles round.
➔ go round in circles
➔ (a)round the clock
➔ (just) around/round the corner
➔ first/second time round
➔ way round
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