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around

a·round

around

pronunciation:
raUnd
parts of speech:
adverb, preposition
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: in a circle or part of a circle.
Turn the handle completely around.We can't get through this way, we have to go around.
similar words:
round
definition 2: in all directions or to all sides.
all the land around
similar words:
round
definition 3: in size measured by circumference.
The tree trunk was eighteen inches around.
definition 4: (informal) about; nearby.
I'll be around if you need someone.
similar words:
near
definition 5: at or to the opposite direction.
The car turned around.
definition 6: through a specified area.
Will you show me around?
definition 7: so as to be the present time.
when next week comes around
 
part of speech: preposition
definition 1: on all sides of.
the hedge around the house
definition 2: near to.
the countryside around the town
similar words:
near
definition 3: in or to places within an area; here and there.
They drove around the country.
similar words:
through
definition 4: so as to encircle or enclose.
Tie a string around your finger.
definition 5: so as to make a circular route or pattern outside of (something).
Do you want to drive around the lake?
similar words:
round
definition 6: at approximately.
Come around lunchtime.
similar words:
round