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Adverb: around  u'rawnd
  1. In the area or vicinity
    "hanging around"; "waited around for the next flight";
    - about
  2. By a circular or circuitous route
    "He came all the way around the base"; "the road goes around the pond"
  3. Used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    "news gets around"; "travelled around in Asia"; "he needs advice from someone who's been around"; "she sleeps around";
    - about
  4. In a circle or circular motion
    "The wheels are spinning around"
  5. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    "weighs around a hundred pounds";
    - approximately, about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, or so, loosely
  6. In or to a reversed position or direction
    "suddenly she turned around";
    - about
  7. To a particular destination either specified or understood
    "she came around to see me"; "I invited them around for supper"
  8. All around or on all sides
    "dirty clothes lying around"; "There were trees growing all around"; "she looked around her";
    - about
  9. In circumference
    "the trunk is ten feet around"; "the pond is two miles around"
  10. From beginning to end; throughout
    "frigid weather the year around";
    - round
Preposition: around  u'rawnd
  1. Approximately (especially of a date)
    "the church was built around 1840";
    - circa
  2. On all sides; so as to encircle
    - round
  3. In the whole extent of; everywhere
    "climate change will be a problem around the world";
    - throughout, over, all over, all around, across, round

Encyclopedia: Around