around Definition

  • 1located or situated on every side; in every direction
  • 2in a circular direction or manner
  • 3approximately; nearly

Using around: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "around" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She looked around the room.

  • Example

    The children ran around the playground.

  • Example

    He wrapped his arms around her.

around Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for around

Idioms Using around

  • to avoid talking about something directly or honestly


    Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you really think.

  • to change direction or reverse course


    We missed our exit, so we had to turn around and go back.

  • to change one's opinion or attitude over time


    At first, she didn't like the idea, but she eventually came around and agreed to help.

Phrases with around

  • to move from place to place, especially using various methods of transportation


    I don't have a car, so I have to get around by bus or bike.

  • to waste time doing something unimportant or silly


    Stop messing around and get back to work!

  • hang around

    to spend time in a particular place or with a particular group of people, often without any specific purpose


    I like to hang around the park on weekends and watch people play sports.

Origins of around

from Old English 'on rūn', meaning 'in a circle'


Summary: around in Brief

'Around' [əˈraʊnd] is an adverb that describes a location or movement in every direction or in a circular manner. It can also mean 'approximately' or 'nearly.' Phrases like 'get around' and 'hang around' describe movement or spending time in a particular place, while idioms like 'beat around the bush' and 'come around' describe indirect communication or changing attitudes over time.

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