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definition of the word around

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Probably from a (preposition) + round.

around (not comparable)


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none (absolute)

  1. In a circular formation.
    The jackals began to gather around.
  2. Along the edges; on every side, in all directions.
    There isn't another house here for miles around.
  3. In random places; aimlessly, with no real direction.
    There are too many kids in the town centre, just hanging around for hours.
  4. With circular motion; coming back to a particular place.
    Well, my luck's really turned around!
  5. (informal) Nearby, in the area.
    I'll see you around, mate.


  1. Defining a circle or closed curve containing.
    I planted a row of lillies around the statue.
  2. Following a path which curves near an object, with the object on the inside of the curve
    The road took a brief detour around the large rock formation, then continued straight.
  3. Near (also applicable to time).
    I left my keys somewhere around there.
    I left the house sometime around 10:00.
  4. At various places in.
    The pages from the notebook were scattered around the room.

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