Around often appears as the second element of certain verb structures (come around, look around, turn around etc). For translations, consult the appropriate verb entry (come, look, turn etc). go around and get around generate many idiomatic expressions. For translations see the entries go and get.
A adv
1 (approximately) environ, à peu près ; it sells for around £200 ça coûte environ or à peu près 200 livres sterling ; at around 3 pm vers 15 heures ;
2 (in the vicinity) to be (somewhere) around être dans les parages ; I'll be around je serai dans les parages, je ne serai pas loin ; is there anyone around? il y a quelqu'un? ; are they around? est-ce qu'ils sont là? ; I just happened to be around je me trouvais là par hasard ; I don't want to be around when je préfère ne pas être là quand (+ future) ;
3 (in circulation) to be around [product, technology, phenomenon] exister ; [person] être là ; to be around again [fashion, style] revenir à la mode ; CDs have been around for years ça fait des années que les CD existent ; I wish I'd been around 50 years ago j'aurais aimé être là il y a 50 ans ; I'm glad I won't be around when heureusement je ne serai pas là quand (+ future) ; not to be around long enough to do ne pas rester assez longtemps pour faire ; is he still around? est-ce qu'il est encore là? ; she's been around fig elle a vécu, elle a roulé sa bosse ; one of the most gifted musicians around un des musiciens les plus doués du moment ; there is far less money around les gens ont beaucoup moins d'argent ; there's a lot of corruption around il y a beaucoup de corruption ;
4 (available) to be around être là ; I wish you were around more j'aimerais que tu sois là plus souvent ; will she be around next week? est-ce qu'elle sera là la semaine prochaine? ; there are still some strawberries around on trouve encore des fraises ;
5 (in all directions) all around lit tout autour ; (in general) partout ; to go all the way around [fence, wall, moat] faire tout le tour ; the only garage for miles around le seul garage à des kilomètres à la ronde ; we like to travel around nous aimons voyager ;
6 (in circumference) three metres around [tree trunk] de trois mètres de circonférence ;
7 (in different, opposite direction) a way around lit un chemin pour contourner [obstacle] ; there is no way around the problem il n'y a pas moyen de contourner le problème ; to go the long way around prendre le chemin le plus long ; to turn sth the other way around retourner qch ; to do it the other way around faire le contraire ; I didn't ask her, it was the other way around ce n'est pas moi qui lui ai demandé, c'est l'inverse ; the wrong/right way around dans le mauvais/bon sens ; to put one's skirt on the wrong way around mettre sa jupe à l'envers ; you're Ben and you're Tom, is that the right way around? tu es Ben, et toi tu es Tom, c'est bien ça? ;
8 (also GB round) (in specific place, home) to ask sb (to come) around dire à qn de passer ; she's coming around today elle passe aujourd'hui ; I'll be around in a minute j'arrive.
B prep (also GB round)
1 (on all sides of) autour de [fire, table, garden, lake] ; around the outside of the house autour de la maison ; a scarf around her head une écharpe autour de la tête ; she put her arm around his shoulders elle a mis son bras autour de ses épaules ; the villages around Dublin les villages des environs de Dublin ;
2 (throughout) clothes scattered around the room des vêtements éparpillés partout dans la pièce ; in several locations around the country dans plusieurs endroits à travers le pays ; (all) around the world partout dans le monde ; from around the world venant du monde entier ; doctors around the world les médecins à travers le monde ; to go around the world faire le tour du monde ; to walk around the town se promener dans la ville ; he'll show you around the castle il vous fera visiter le château ; to go ou look around the house faire le tour de la maison ;
3 (in the vicinity of, near) somewhere around the house/around Paris quelque part dans la maison/près de Paris ; I like having people around the house ou place j'aime avoir des gens à la maison ; the people around here les gens d'ici ; she's not from around here elle n'est pas d'ici or de la région ;
4 (at) vers ; around midnight/1980 vers minuit/1980 ; around the same time we… c'est à peu près à ce moment-là que nous… ;
5 (in order to circumvent) to go around éviter [town centre] ; contourner [obstacle] ; there's a way around the problem il y a un moyen de contourner le problème ; ⇒ get round (get) ;
6 (to the other side of) to go around the corner tourner au coin ; to go around a bend prendre un virage ; around the mountain de l'autre côté de or derrière la montagne ;
7 Meas, Sewing he's 90 cm around the chest il fait 90 de tour de poitrine.
what goes around comes around on récolte ce qu'on a semé.

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