around
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from 1a- + 2round Date: 14th century 1. a. in a circle or in circumference <
the wheel goes around
>
<
a tree five feet around
>
b. in, along, or through a circuit <
the road goes around by the lake
>
2. a. on all or various sides ; in every or any direction <
papers lying around
>
<
nothing for miles around
>
b. in close from all sides so as to surround <
people crowded around
>
c. in or near one's present place or situation <
wait around awhile
>
3. a. here and there ; from one place to another <
travels around on business
>
b. to a particular place <
come around for dinner
>
c. — used with some verbs to indicate repeated or continued action <
always joking around when he should be serious
>
<
don't play around with your food
>
4. a. in rotation or succession <
another winter comes around
>
b. from beginning to end ; through <
mild the year around
>
c. in order <
the other way around
>
5. in or to an opposite direction or position <
turn around
>
6. with some approach to exactness ; approximately <
cost around $5
>
II. preposition Date: 14th century 1. a. on all sides of b. so as to encircle or enclose <
seated around the table
>
c. so as to avoid or get past ; on or to another side of <
find a way around their objections
>
<
went around the lake
>
<
around the corner
>
d. near <
lives around Chicago
>
<
around the turn of the century
>
2. in all directions outward from <
look around you
>
3. here and there in or throughout <
barnstorming around the country
>
4. so as to have a center or basis in <
a society organized around kinship ties
>
III. adjective Date: 1849 1. about 1 <
has been up and around for two days
>
2. being in existence, evidence, or circulation <
the most intelligent of the artists around today — R. M. Coates
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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