Last modified on 15 November 2013, at 11:04
( idiomatic , intransitive ) To be alive, existent, or present.
I'll be around for another hour or so.
This restaurant has been around since 1938.
1918, Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, ch. 34:
Well, sir, you remember this young Georgie sort of disappeared, after his grandfather's death, and nobody seemed to know much what had become of him—though I did hear, once or twice, that he
was still around somewhere.
2005, Ed Levine, " It's All in How the Dog Is Served," New York Times, 25 May (retrieved 1 Jan. 2009):
The New York-style hot dog I love
has been around for well over a hundred years.
( idiomatic , transitive ) To be near; to socialize with.
You're fun to be around.
Usage notes Edit
When this expression has the sense of "to be alive" or "to be existent," it is often used with
. still The related form
can have a distinctly different meaning. to have been around