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around
American English: /əˈraʊnd/
British English: /əˈraʊnd/

Translation of around in Spanish:

adverb

around often appears as the second element of certain verb structures in English ( fool around, knock around, move around, etc). For translations, see the relevant verb entry ( fool, knock, move, etc).
  • 1 1.1 (in a circle) See examples: around and around they drove
    estuvieron dando vueltas y vueltas con el coche
    1.2 (so as to face in different direction) See examples: she glanced around
    echó un vistazo a su alrededor
    see also look around turn around
    1.3 (on all sides) See examples: all around are towering skyscrapers
    todo alrededor hay rascacielos altísimos
    there's nothing for miles around
    no hay nada en millas a la redonda
    everyone crowded around
    todo el mundo se apiñó alrededor
    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.
    1.4 (in circumference)
    de circunferencia
    it is 12m around
    tiene 12m de circunferencia
  • 2 2.1 (in the vicinity) See examples: is John around?
    ¿anda or está John por ahí?
    there's no one around
    aquí no hay nadie
    he's around somewhere, he's somewhere around
    anda por ahí
    I'm usually around after eight
    suelo estar a partir de las ocho
    (I'll) see you around! [colloquial]
    2.2 (in existence) [colloquial]computers weren't around in those days
    en aquellos tiempos no había computadoras
    she's the only person around who really understands
    es la única persona que entiende de verdad
    the idea had been around for quite a while
    la idea no era nueva
    in 40 years none of us will be around
    dentro de 40 años vamos a estar todos bajo tierra
    it's the best one around
    es 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 around
    el perro nos seguía a todas partes
    she showed us around
    nos mostró or enseñó la casa ( or la fábrica etc)
    he knows his way around
    conoce la ciudad ( or la zona etc)
    she offered the chocolates around
    le ofreció bombones a todo el mundo
    there's a rumor going around
    corre un rumor
    I phoned around
    hice unas cuantas llamadas
    llamé a varios sitios
    he's been around [colloquial]
    tiene mucho mundo
    3.2 (to and fro) See examples: she was rolling around on the floor
    se revolcaba por el suelo
    she was waving a knife around
    blandía un cuchillo
    he prefers to travel around on his own
    prefiere viajar solo
    she rummaged around in her bag
    revolvió en el bolso
    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.
    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.
  • 4 (at, to different place) See examples: I'll be around at Angela's
    estaré en casa de Angela
    she sent me around to the bank
    me mandó al banco
    we had some friends around for a meal
    invitamos a unos amigos a comer
  • 5 (approximately) she's around my age
    tiene más o menos mi edad
    he must be around 35
    debe (de) tener unos 35
    debe (de) andar por los 35
    at around five thirty
    alrededor de or a eso de las cinco y media
    sobre las cinco y media (Spain)
    around two million people
    unos dos millones de personas
    she was born around 1660
    nació alrededor de 1660
    around the turn of the century
    hacia finales de siglo
    they flower around mid-June
    florecen hacia mediados de junio
    Example 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.

preposition

  • 1 (encircling) they sat around the fire
    estaban sentados alrededor del fuego
    he put his arm around her
    la rodeó con el brazo
    they sailed around the world
    dieron la vuelta al mundo en un velero
    she looked around her
    miró a su alrededor
    the myths that have grown up around these events
    los mitos que han surgido en torno a estos acontecimientos
  • 2 2.1 (in the vicinity of) places to visit around Madrid
    lugares para visitar alrededor de Madrid
    do you live around here?
    ¿vives por or cerca de aquí?
    2.2 (within, through) See examples: I had things to do around the house
    tenía cosas que hacer en casa
    they traveled around Europe
    viajaron por Europa
    she took them around the house
    les mostró or enseñó la casa

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