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I/you/we/theygo around
he/she/itgoes around
present participlegoing around
past tensewent around
past participlegone around

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to behave or be dressed in a particular way
    Why do you always go around without any shoes on?
    go around doing something: You can’t go around saying things like that!
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] [usually progressive]go around something if something such as an illness or a piece of news is going around, people are giving or telling it to each other
    He caught the flu virus that’s going around.
    There’s a story going around the office that you’re thinking of quitting.
  3. 3
    [intransitive]go around with/together to spend a lot of time with someone, going to different places and doing things
    She used to go around with Susannah all the time.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to visit a person or a place
    I went around last night, but no one was in.
    go around to: Are you going around to Tom’s after work?
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to be enough so that everyone can have one or some
    be enough to go around: In some classes, there aren’t even enough books to go around.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] to move in a circle
    The hands of the clock seemed to go around so slowly.
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