Pronunciation: (u-round'),[key] —adv. 1. in a circle, ring, or the like; so as to surround a person, group, thing, etc.: The crowd gathered around. 2. on all sides; about: His land is fenced all around. 3. in all directions from a center or point of reference: He owns the land for miles around. 4. in a region or area neighboring a place: all the country around. 5. in circumference: The tree was 40 inches around. 6. in a circular or rounded course: to fly around and around. 7. through a sequence or series, as of places or persons: to show someone around. 8. through a recurring period, as of time, esp. to the present or a particular time: when spring rolls around again. 9. by a circuitous or roundabout course: The driveway to the house goes around past the stables. 10. to a place or point, as by a circuit or circuitous course: to get around into the navigable channel. 11. with a rotating course or movement: The wheels turned around. 12. in or to another or opposite direction, course, opinion, etc.: Sit still and don't turn around. After our arguments, she finally came around. 13. back into consciousness: The smelling salts brought her around. 14. in circulation, action, etc.; about: He hasn't been around lately. The play has been around for years. When will she be up and around? 15. somewhere near or about; nearby: I'll be around if you need me. 16. to a specific place: He came around to see me. 17. been around, having had much worldly experience: He's been around and isn't likely to be taken in.
—prep. 1. about; on all sides; encircling; encompassing: a halo around his head. 2. so as to encircle, surround, or envelop: to tie paper around a package. 3. on the edge, border, or outer part of: a skirt with fringe around the bottom. 4. from place to place in; about: to get around town. 5. in all or various directions from: to look around one. 6. in the vicinity of: the country around Boston. 7. approximately; about: It's around five o'clock. 8. here and there in: There are many cafés around the city. 9. somewhere in or near: to stay around the house. 10. to all or various parts of: to wander around the country. 11. so as to make a circuit about or partial circuit to the other side of: to go around the lake; to sail around a cape. 12. reached by making a turn or partial circuit about: the church around the corner. 13. so as to revolve or rotate about a center or axis: the earth's motion around its axis. 14. personally close to: Only the few advisers around the party leader understood his real motives. 15. so as to get by a difficulty: They got around the lack of chairs by sitting on the floor. 16. so as to have a foundation in: The novel is built around a little-known historical event.