grammar word summary: Around can be: ■ a preposition: We walked around the old town. ■ an adverb: She turned around and smiled at me. ■ used after the verb ‘to be': Don't discuss this when the children are around.
1) in or to many places in or to many different parts or areas
We drove around looking for a hotel.[/ex]
I glanced around the room, but I couldn't see him.[/ex]
The Games were watched by millions of people around the world.[/ex]
2) in the opposite direction moving so that you face in the opposite direction
I turned around to see what the noise was.[/ex]
3) to the other side moving to the other side of something
At that moment a truck came around the corner.[/ex]
4) in a place in or close to a place
the quiet country roads around Chester[/ex]
There's a phone around here somewhere.[/ex]
Is your wife around? I'd like to talk to her.[/ex]
5) moving in circles moving in a circular way
The Earth goes around the Sun.[/ex]
The wheels spun around.[/ex]
6) surrounding sth surrounding or enclosing something
Arrange the chairs around the table.[/ex]
a cottage with woods all around[/ex]
Sam had his arm around Mandy's waist.[/ex]
7) not exact used for giving a number, amount, or time that is not exact
There must have been around 500 people there.[/ex]
We got back at around 11.[/ex]
8) doing nothing useful spending time not doing anything important or useful
We got tired of waiting around.[/ex]
9) existing now available or existing at this time
There are some really good new video games around.[/ex]
It's one of the biggest shopping centres around.[/ex]

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