- 1Located or situated on every side: the mountains towering all aroundMore example sentences
- Victoria Mill chimney in Skipton is a landmark easily visible for miles around.
- It would affect residents the whole length of its route and would be visible for miles around.
- First, Debenhams have the last say in which shops are situated around them.
- 2So as to face in the opposite direction: Guy seized her by the shoulders and turned her aroundMore example sentences
in the opposite direction, in the reverse direction, to face the other way, backwards, to the rear
- I turned around in the opposite direction and started down the hall to my Band class.
- The manager reaches across the desk, picks up the sheet and swivels around in his chair to face him.
- Lacey swivelled around on her computer chair and grabbed a pillow from the bed beside her.
- 3In or to many places throughout a locality: word got around that he was on the verge of retirementMore example sentences
- Today's Question: Which Celebrity would you most like to drive around for an hour with?
- So hanging out was good, we talked about something else and drove around and had all in all a nice time.
- I have now been driving this Kia around for about five days and have discovered that it goes like the clappers.
- 4Aimlessly or unsystematically; here and there: one of them was glancing nervously aroundMore example sentences
- Being able to wander around aimlessly is the best way to see things that you'd normally never see, new bands.
- I wandered aimlessly around thinking about the play and failing to find a wireless hotspot.
- Sailors in bleached white uniforms wander around trying to convince themselves they are having fun.
- 5Present, living, in the vicinity, or in active use: there was no one around maize has been around for a long timeMore example sentences
- There are old people's flats around and they feel threatened with the rowdy behavior of these kids.
- They know they are not going to be around when Livingstone takes over the tube.
- It's been tough for Dav, tough for the board and tough for everyone around.
- 6(Used with a number or quantity) approximately: software costs would be around £1,500 I returned to my hotel around 3 a.m.More example sentences
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; nearly, close to, as near as dammit, not far off, approaching; British getting on for; South African plus-minus; Latin circaNorth American • informal in the ballpark of
- You can be in your hotel room within around five hours of leaving Bolton, if you fly.
- The journey is around 200 miles, and they will arrive in a couple of days in his hired carriage.
- It was a long drive to our next stop - around 160 miles to the east on the coast at Torrent.
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- 1On every side of: the palazzo is built around a courtyard the hills around the cityMore example sentences
- The air around the hill of Knocknashee is responding to the sound of music these days and nights.
- We also have just had speed humps installed around Beulah Hill crossroads.
- The town nestles in a bay which looks over to the hills around Loch Striven, adding a misty splendour to the scene.
- 1.1(Of something abstract) having (the thing mentioned) as a focal point: our entire culture is built around those loyaltiesMore example sentences
- A movie like this tends to attract an awful lot of abstract nonsense going on around it.
- I would say try and understand the culture around a crime and you are going to better at investigating it.
- At the height of Britpop, there was something of a consensus culture around rock.
- 2In or to many places throughout (a community or locality): cycling around the village a number of large depots around the countryMore example sentences
- The school places a lot of emphasis on music and the choir is in great demand to perform for community groups around the town.
- I drove around most of the Midlands and east of England in this car and it acquitted itself admirably.
- His image is everywhere around this city and he's even had a fast ferry named after him.
- 3Following an approximately circular route: he walked around the airfield it can drill around cornersMore example sentences
- Following the route around the museum will certainly keep you fit if nothing else.
- The circular walk around Lake Burwains is one of the best places in Lancashire to watch birds in winter.
- The walk follows a two-mile route around the village of Staveley on New Year's Day.
- 4So as to encircle or embrace (someone or something): he put his arm around herMore example sentences
- With that, he placed the necklace around his neck and embraced her for one last time.
- In a quick movement, I flung my arm around his neck and placed the gun to his side.
- If it wasn't for a circle of gold around his neck, he would have appeared desolate.
have been around
- • informal Have a lot of varied experience and understanding of the world: look, I’ve been around, I know what happens with kids like youMore example sentences
- They have lots of players with Premiership experience, and a coach who has been around.
- The idea is not new, however, having been around for many years.
- Annual festivals in cities like Edmonton, Ottawa and Halifax have been around for years.
On the difference in use between round and around, see round (usage).