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  1. In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  2. Near; not far from; approximately; regarding time, size, quantity. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  3. On the point or verge of.
  4. On one's person; nearby the person. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  5. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  6. Concerned with; engaged in; intent on. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  7. Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  8. (figuratively) In or near, as in mental faculties or (literally) in possession of; in control of; at one's command; in one's makeup. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
  9. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
  1. Not distant; approximate.
    1. On all sides; around. [First attested before 1150.]
    2. Here and there; around; in one place and another; up and down. [First attested before 1150.]
    3. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, quantity, or time; almost. [First attested before 1150.]
    4. Near; in the vicinity. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
  2. In succession; one after another; in the course of events. [First attested before 1150.]
  3. On the move; active; astir. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
  4. To a reversed order; half round; facing in the opposite direction; from a contrary point of view. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
    1. (nautical) To the opposite tack. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
  5. (obsolete) Preparing; planning. [Attested from around 1150 to 1350 until the late 18th century.]
  6. (archaic) In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; in circumference. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  7. (Canada) Going to; on the verge of; intending to. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
  1. Moving around; astir.
  2. In existence; being in evidence; apparent;
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