go around - definition and synonyms

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

or go round British

  1. 1
    [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?

  2. 2

    go around

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    go about

    or

    go round

    [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!

  3. 3

    go around

    or

    go about

    or

    go round

    [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 a nasty flu virus that’s been going around.

    There’s a story going around the office that you’re thinking of leaving.

  4. 4

    go around

    or

    go about

    or

    go round

    [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.

  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.

  7. 7
    what goes around comes around used for saying that the way that you behave towards other people will influence the way that other people behave towards you in the future
See also main entry: go