Translation of around in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (in a circle) See examples: around and around they drove1.2 (so as to face in different direction) See examples: she glanced aroundestuvieron dando vueltas y vueltas con el cochesee also → look around → turn around 1.3 (on all sides) See examples: all around are towering skyscrapersechó un vistazo a su alrededorthere's nothing for miles aroundtodo alrededor hay rascacielos altísimoseveryone crowded aroundno hay nada en millas a la redondatodo el mundo se apiñó alrededorExample sentences1.4 (in circumference)
it is 12m aroundde circunferenciatiene 12m de circunferencia
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (in the vicinity) See examples: is John around?there's no one around¿anda or está John por ahí?he's around somewhere, he's somewhere aroundaquí no hay nadieI'm usually around after eightanda por ahí(I'll) see you around! [colloquial] 2.2 (in existence) [colloquial]computers weren't around in those dayssuelo estar a partir de las ochoshe's the only person around who really understandsen aquellos tiempos no había computadorasthe idea had been around for quite a whilees la única persona que entiende de verdadin 40 years none of us will be aroundla idea no era nuevait's the best one arounddentro de 40 años vamos a estar todos bajo tierraes lo mejor que hay (en plaza)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.
- 3 3.1 (from one place, person to another) See examples: the dog followed us aroundshe showed us aroundel perro nos seguía a todas parteshe knows his way aroundnos mostró or enseñó la casa ( or la fábrica etc)she offered the chocolates aroundconoce la ciudad ( or la zona etc)there's a rumor going aroundle ofreció bombones a todo el mundoI phoned aroundcorre un rumorhe's been around [colloquial]hice unas cuantas llamadasllamé a varios sitios3.2 (to and fro) See examples: she was rolling around on the floortiene mucho mundoshe was waving a knife aroundse revolcaba por el suelohe prefers to travel around on his ownblandía un cuchilloshe rummaged around in her bagprefiere viajar solorevolvió en el bolsoExample 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.
- 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.
- 4 (at, to different place) See examples: I'll be around at Angela'sshe sent me around to the bankestaré en casa de Angelawe had some friends around for a mealme mandó al bancoinvitamos a unos amigos a comer
- 5 (approximately) she's around my agehe must be around 35tiene más o menos mi edadat around five thirtydebe (de) tener unos 35debe (de) andar por los 35around two million peoplealrededor de or a eso de las cinco y mediasobre las cinco y media (Spain)she was born around 1660unos dos millones de personasaround the turn of the centurynació alrededor de 1660they flower around mid-Junehacia finales de sigloflorecen hacia mediados de junioExample sentences
- 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.
- 1 (encircling) they sat around the firehe put his arm around herestaban sentados alrededor del fuegothey sailed around the worldla rodeó con el brazoshe looked around herdieron la vuelta al mundo en un velerothe myths that have grown up around these eventsmiró a su alrededorlos mitos que han surgido en torno a estos acontecimientos
- 2 2.1 (in the vicinity of) places to visit around Madriddo you live around here?lugares para visitar alrededor de Madrid2.2 (within, through) See examples: I had things to do around the house¿vives por or cerca de aquí?they traveled around Europetenía cosas que hacer en casashe took them around the houseviajaron por Europales mostró or enseñó la casa
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