[ US /ɝˈaʊn, ɝˈaʊnd/ ]
[ UK /ɐɹˈa‍ʊnd/ ]
  1. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    people were rushing about
    news gets around (or about)
    traveled around in Asia
    she sleeps around
    wandering about with no place to go
    he needs advice from someone who's been around
  2. in or to a reversed position or direction
    about face
    suddenly she turned around
  3. from beginning to end; throughout
    It rains all year round on Skye
    frigid weather the year around
  4. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    he's about 30 years old
    lasted approximately an hour
    I've had about all I can stand
    roughly $3,000
    some forty people came
    20 or so people were at the party
    holds 3 gallons, more or less
    weighs around a hundred pounds
    in just about a minute
    we meet about once a month
  5. in a circle or circular motion
    The wheels are spinning around
  6. by a circular or circuitous route
    He came all the way around the base
    the road goes around the pond
  7. to a particular destination either specified or understood
    I invited them around for supper
    she came around to see me
  8. all around or on all sides
    let's look about for help
    There were trees growing all around
    she looked around her
    dirty clothes lying around (or about)
  9. in the area or vicinity
    hanging around
    waited around for the next flight
    a few spectators standing about
  10. in circumference
    the trunk is ten feet around
    the pond is two miles around
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How To Use around In A Sentence

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