• So as to form a circle or trace a circular path, or approximation thereof.
  • So as to surround or be near.
  • Nearly; approximately; about.
  • From place to place.
  • From one state or condition to an opposite or very different one; with a metaphorical change in direction; bringing about awareness or agreement.
  • So as to partially or completely rotate; so as to face in the opposite direction.


  • From Middle English around, from a- (from Old English a- ("on, at")) + Middle English round ("circle, round") borrowed from French, equivalent to a- + round. Cognate with Scots aroond, aroon. Displaced earlier Middle English umbe, embe (from Old English ymbe ("around")). See umbe.

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