Etymology
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around (adv.)

c. 1300, "in circumference, in a circle, on every side," from phrase on round; see a- (1) + round (adj.). Rare before 1600. In sense of "here and there with no fixed direction" it is attested from 1776 in American English (British English prefers about). As a preposition, "on or along a circuit," late 14c.; "on all sides, encircling, about" 1660s; of time, by 1873. To have been around "gained worldly experience" is from 1927, U.S. colloquial; to get around to it is from 1864.

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Definitions of around

around (adv.)
in the area or vicinity;
waited around for the next flight
hanging around
Synonyms: about
around (adv.)
by a circular or circuitous route;
the road goes around the pond
He came all the way around the base
around (adv.)
used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction;
she sleeps around
he needs advice from someone who's been around
news gets around (or about)
traveled around in Asia
Synonyms: about
around (adv.)
in a circle or circular motion;
The wheels are spinning around
around (adv.)
(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct;
weighs around a hundred pounds
Synonyms: approximately / about / close to / just about / some / roughly / more or less / or so
around (adv.)
in or to a reversed position or direction;
suddenly she turned around
Synonyms: about
around (adv.)
to a particular destination either specified or understood;
she came around to see me
I invited them around for supper
around (adv.)
all around or on all sides;
dirty clothes lying around (or about)
There were trees growing all around
she looked around her
Synonyms: about
around (adv.)
in circumference;
the trunk is ten feet around
the pond is two miles around
around (adv.)
from beginning to end; throughout;
frigid weather the year around
Synonyms: round
From wordnet.princeton.edu