Around

  • 1 around — around, round 1. In general, BrE prefers round and AmE prefers around, both as an adverb and as a preposition, except in certain more or less fixed expressions or restricted collocations. In BrE it is usual to say all the year round, Winter comes …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 around — [ə round′] adv. [ME < a , on + ROUND1: all senses derive from those of “circling, within a circle”] 1. round; esp., a) in a circle; along a circular course or circumference b) in or through a course or circuit, as from one place to another c)… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Around — A*round , prep. 1. On all sides of; encircling; encompassing; so as to make the circuit of; about. [1913 Webster] A lambent flame arose, which gently spread Around his brows. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. From one part to another of; at random… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Around — Album par AAA Sortie 19 septembre 2007 Durée 50:05 Genre …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 5 Around — A*round , adv. [Pref. a + round.] 1. In a circle; circularly; on every side; round. [1913 Webster] 2. In a circuit; here and there within the surrounding space; all about; as, to travel around from town to town. [1913 Webster] 3. Near; in the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 around — (adv.) c.1300, in circumference, from phrase on round. Rare before 1600. In sense of here and there with no fixed direction it is 1776, American English (properly about). Of time, from 1888. To have been around gained worldly experience is from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 around — [adv1] situated on sides, circumference, or in general area about, all over, any which way, encompassing, everywhere, in the vicinity, in this area, neighboring, over, throughout; concept 581 around [adv2] close to a place about, almost,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 around — ► ADVERB 1) located or situated on every side. 2) so as to face in the opposite direction. 3) in or to many places throughout a locality. 4) here and there. 5) available or present. 6) approximately. ► PREPOSITION …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 around — [[t]əra͟ʊnd[/t]] ♦ (Around is an adverb and a preposition. In British English, the word round is often used instead. Around is often used with verbs of movement, such as walk and drive , and also in phrasal verbs such as get around and hand… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 around — a|round W1S1 [əˈraund] adv, prep 1.) surrounding or on all sides of something or someone British Equivalent: round ▪ The whole family was sitting around the dinner table. ▪ The Romans built a defensive wall around the city. ▪ She wore a beautiful …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 around — a|round [ ə raund ] function word *** Around can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): We walked around the old town. as an adverb (without a following noun): She turned around and smiled at me. (after the verb to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 around */*/*/ — UK [əˈraʊnd] / US adverb, preposition Summary: Around can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): We walked around the old town. as an adverb (without a following noun): She turned around and smiled at me. (after the …

    English dictionary

  • 13 around — /euh rownd /, adv. 1. in a circle, ring, or the like; so as to surround a person, group, thing, etc.: The crowd gathered around. 2. on all sides; about: His land is fenced all around. 3. in all directions from a center or point of reference: He… …

    Universalium

  • 14 around — 1 adverb 1 used to say that something is placed or arranged so that it surrounds something else: The winner held up his trophy, with many of the spectators crowded around. | a bouquet of a dozen red roses, with a silver ribbon wrapped around |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 around — a•round [[t]əˈraʊnd[/t]] adv. 1) in a circle, ring, or the like 2) on all sides; about: fenced in all around[/ex] 3) in all directions from a center or point of reference: They own the land for miles around[/ex] 4) in a region about a place: all… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 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 roa …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 around*/*/*/ — [əˈraʊnd] grammar word summary: Around can be: ■ a preposition: We walked around the old town. ■ an adverb: She turned around and smiled at me. ■ used after the verb ‘to be : Don t discuss this when the children are around. 1) in or to many… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 around — /əˈraʊnd / (say uh rownd) adverb 1. in a circle or sphere; round about; on every side. 2. here and there; about: to travel around. 3. with a circular movement: the wheels go around. 4. at or to a place understood, as a shop, a friend s house,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 around — adv. & prep. adv. 1 on every side; all round; round about. 2 in various places; here and there; at random (fool around; shop around). 3 colloq. a in existence; available (has been around for weeks). b near at hand (it s good to have you around).… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 around — 1. adverb 1) there were houses scattered around Syn: on every side, on all sides, throughout, all over (the place), everywhere; about, here and there 2) he turned around Syn: in the opposite direction, to face the other way, backward …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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