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Synonyms of around in English:


  • 1 there were houses scattered around
    on every side, on all sides, in all directions, throughout, all over, all over the place, everywhere, about, here and there
  • 2 he turned around to face her
    in the opposite direction, in the reverse direction, to face the other way, backwards, to the rear
  • 3 there was no one around
    nearby, near, about, close by, close, at hand, close at hand, in the vicinity, in the neighbourhood, on the doorstep, (just) round the corner, within (easy) reach, at close range, hard by;
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  • 1 the palazzo is built around a courtyard
    on every side of, on all sides of, about, circling, encircling, surrounding, encompassing, framing
  • 2 they drove around town
    all over, about, here and there in, everywhere in, in/to all parts of
  • 3 around three miles
    approximately, about, round about, roughly, in the region of, something like, in the area of, in the neighbourhood of, of the order of, or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, more or less, give or take a few, plus or minus a few;
    British  getting on for;
    South African  plus-minus;
    Latin circa
    North American informal in the ballpark of
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    amphi- related prefix, as in amphitheatre
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