from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. On all sides: dirty clothes lying around.
- adv. In close to all sides from all directions: a field bordered around with tall trees.
- adv. In a circle or with a circular motion: spun around twice.
- adv. In circumference or perimeter: a pond two miles around.
- adv. In succession or rotation: passed the collection plate around; seasons that rolled around each year.
- adv. In or toward the opposite direction or position: wheeled around to face the attacker.
- adv. To or among various places; here and there: wander around.
- adv. To a specific place: Come around again sometime.
- adv. In or near one's current location: waited around for the next flight.
- adv. From the beginning to the end: frigid weather the year around.
- adv. Approximately; about: weighed around 30 pounds; around $1.3 billion in debt.
- prep. On all sides of: trees around the field.
- prep. In such a position as to encircle or surround: a sash around the waist.
- prep. Here and there within; throughout: on the political stump around the country.
- prep. In the immediate vicinity of; near: She lives around Norfolk.
- prep. On or to the farther side of: the house around the corner.
- prep. So as to pass, bypass, or avoid: a way around an obstacle; got around the difficulty somehow.
- prep. Approximately at: woke up around seven.
- prep. In such a way as to have a basis or center in: an economy focused around farming and light industry.
- adj. Being in existence: Our old dog is no longer around.
- adj. Being in evidence; present: asked if the store manager was around.
- idiom been around Informal Had many and varied experiences; been experienced in the ways of the world: a young executive who has been around.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- prep. Defining a circle or closed curve containing a thing.
- prep. Following the perimeter of a specified area and returning to the starting point.
- prep. Following a path which curves near an object, with the object on the inside of the curve
- prep. Near; in the vicinity of.
- prep. At various places in.
- adj. Alive; existing.
- adv. Generally.
- adv. From place to place, or from one place to another
- adv. Partially or completely rotated, including to face in the opposite direction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a circle; circularly; on every side; round.
- adv. In a circuit; here and there within the surrounding space; all about.
- adv. Near; in the neighborhood.
- prep. On all sides of; encircling; encompassing; so as to make the circuit of; about.
- prep. From one part to another of; at random through; about; on another side of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a circle or sphere; round about; on every side: as, a dense mist lay around.
- From place to place; here and there; about: as, to travel around from city to city. [U. S.]
- About; near: as, he waited around till the fight was over. [U. S.]
- About; on all sides; encircling; encompassing.
- From place to place; at random: as, to roam around the country. [U. S.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in circumference
- adv. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
- adv. to a particular destination either specified or understood
- adv. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
- adv. all around or on all sides
- adv. in a circle or circular motion
- adv. in the area or vicinity
- adv. from beginning to end; throughout
- adv. in or to a reversed position or direction
- adv. by a circular or circuitous route
Middle English : probably a-, in; see a-2 + round, circle; see round1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English around, arounde, from a- (from Old English a- ("on, at")) + Middle English round ("circle, round"), equivalent to a- + round. Cognate with Scots aroond, aroon ("around"). Displaced earlier Middle English umbe, embe ("around") (from Old English ymbe ("around")). See umbe. (Wiktionary)