also all-round adjective Date: 1867 1. considered in or encompassing all aspects ; comprehensive <
the best all-around performance so far
2. competent in many fields <
an all-around performer
3. having general utility or merit <
an all-around tool
all around adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • all-around — all′ around or all round adj. 1) able to do many things; versatile: an all around athlete[/ex] 2) broadly applicable: an all around education[/ex] 3) being so in all matters: an all around failure[/ex] • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • all-around — all a round adjective 1. ) good at doing a lot of different things, especially in sports. British all round: an all around athlete/hero: Bo Jackson is a superb all around athlete, playing several sports professionally. 2. ) in every way: Jimmy s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • all-around — is an optional AmE variant to all round (The best all around American school / A good all around player) …   Modern English usage

  • all-around — all a round adj [only before noun] AmE good at doing many different things, especially sports British Equivalent: all round ▪ an all around athlete …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • all-around — ☆ all around [ôl′ə round′ ] adj. having many abilities, talents, or uses; not specialized; versatile adv. considering everything; all in all …   English World dictionary

  • all-around — [adj] multifaceted comprehensive, diverse, inclusive, versatile; concepts 527,542 …   New thesaurus

  • all around — variant of all round * * * (Brit. also all round) 1) in all respects it was a bad day all around 2) for or by each person drinks all around | good acting all around * * * all around (US) (or chiefly Brit all round) …   Useful english dictionary

  • all-around — /awl euh rownd /, adj. 1. able to do many things; versatile: an all around player. 2. broadly applicable; not specialized: an all around education. 3. inclusive; comprehensive; complete: an all around failure. Also, all round. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • all-around — 1. adjective a) able to do many or all things well b) comprehensive in extent 2. adverb Generally, broadly. an all around better player than me …   Wiktionary

  • all-around — See all round, all around …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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