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around

[ uh-round ]
/ əˈraʊnd /
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adverb

preposition

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Idioms for around

    been around, having had much worldly experience: He's been around and isn't likely to be taken in.

Origin of around

1250–1300; Middle English around(e). See a-1, round1
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British Dictionary definitions for around

around
/ (əˈraʊnd) /

preposition

adverb

Word Origin for around

C17 (rare earlier): from a- ² + round

usage for around

In American English, around is usually used instead of round in adverbial and prepositional senses, except in a few fixed phrases such as all year round. The use of around in adverbial senses is less common in British English
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Idioms and Phrases with around

around

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