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a·round / əˈround/ • adv. 1. (Brit. also round) located or situated on every side: the mountains towering all around. ∎  so as to surround someone or something: everyone crowded around. ∎ fig. so as to give support and companionship: if one girl is distraught, the others will rally around. ∎  with circular motion: the boats were spun around by waterspouts. ∎  so as to cover or take in the whole area surrounding a particular center: she paused to glance around admiringly at the décor. ∎  so as to reach everyone in a particular group or area: he passed a newspaper clipping around. 2. (Brit. also round) so as to rotate and face in the opposite direction: Jack seized her by the shoulders and turned her around. ∎  so as to lead in another direction: it was the last house before the road curved around. ∎  used in describing the position of something, typically with regard to the direction in which it is facing or its relation to other items: the picture shows the pieces the wrong way around. ∎  used to describe a situation in terms of the relation between people, actions, or events: it was he who was attacking her, not the other way around. 3. (Brit. also round) so as to reach a new place or position, typically by moving from one side of something to the other: he made his way around to the back of the building. ∎  in or to many places throughout a locality: his only ambition is to drive around in a sports car. ∎  used to convey an ability to navigate or orient oneself: I like pupils to find their own way around. ∎ inf. used to convey the idea of visiting someone else: why don't you come around to my office? ∎  randomly or unsystematically; here and there: one of them was glancing nervously around. 4. (Brit. also round) in existence, in the vicinity, or in active use: there was no one around. ∎  near at hand: he would want to have her around as much as possible. 5. approximately; about: software costs would be around $1,500| [as prep.] I returned to my hotel around 3 a.m. • prep. (Brit. also round) 1. on every side of: the hills around the city. ∎  (of something abstract) having (the thing mentioned) as a focal point: our entire culture is built around those loyalties. 2. in or to many places throughout (a community or locality): cycling around the village. ∎  on the other side of (a corner or obstacle): Steven parked the car around the corner. ∎  so as to hit (something) in passing: if he didn't shut up, he might get a slap around the ear. 3. so as to encircle or embrace (someone or something): he put his arm around her. ∎  (of a person's arm or arms) partially encircling (another person) as part of a gesture of affection: Mike put an arm around Mary. ∎  following an approximately circular route: he walked around the airfield. ∎  so as to cover or take in the whole area of (a place): she went around the house and saw that all the windows were barred. PHRASES: around the bendsee bend1 . have been around inf. have a lot of varied experience and understanding of the world.

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around XIV (not frequent before XVI). In earliest use perh. after OF. a la reonde roundabout; later f. A-1 + ROUND1.

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