Synonyms of around in English:


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1‘there were houses scattered around’

on every side, on all sides, in all directions, throughout, all over, all over the place, everywhere, about, here and there

2‘he turned around to face her’

in the opposite direction, in the reverse direction, to face the other way, backwards, to the rear

3‘there was no one around’

nearby, near, about, close by, close, at hand, close at hand, in the vicinity, in the neighbourhood, on the doorstep, round the corner, just round the corner, within reach, within easy reach, at close range, hard by
accessible, handy, convenient


1‘the palazzo is built around a courtyard’

on every side of, on all sides of, about, circling, encircling, surrounding, encompassing, framing

2‘they drove around town’

all over, about, here and there in, everywhere in, in all parts of, to all parts of

3‘around three miles’

approximately, about, round about, roughly, in the region of, something like, in the area of, in the neighbourhood of, of the order of, or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, more or less, give or take a few, plus or minus a few
nearly, close to, as near as dammit, not far off, approaching
British getting on for
South African plus-minus
North American informal in the ballpark of