Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "round" in Russian

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Meaning: round, around, about, over

Pronunciation: [vahk-ROOK]

Part of speech: preposition

Rank: #330 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Де́ти сиде́ли вокру́г стола́.
  • The children were sitting around the table.
  • Вокру́г до́ма стоя́л высо́кий деревя́нный забо́р.
  • There was a high wooden fence around the house.
  • Мой друг регуля́рно чита́ет нау́чно-популя́рный журна́л "Вокру́г све́та".
  • My friend regularly reads the popular science magazine “Around the world”.
  • Уже́ давно́ дока́зано, что Земля́ враща́ется вокру́г Со́лнца, а не наоборо́т.
  • It has been proved for a long time now that the Earth circles the Sun, and not the other way round.
  • На Но́вый год в Росси́и в де́тских сада́х де́ти во́дят хорово́ды вокру́г нового́дней ёлки.
  • On New Year in Russian kindergartens the children sing and dance in a ring around the New Year tree.
  • Я два раза́ обошёл вокру́г до́ма, но не заме́тил ничего́ подозри́тельного.
  • I walked around the house twice, but I didn’t notice anything suspicious.
  • Мы всегда́ бу́дем по́мнить на́ши прогу́лки по на́бережной, пе́сни под гита́ру, разгово́ры и посиде́лки вокру́г костра́.
  • We’ll always remember our walks along the embankment, hiking songs, talks, and get-togethers around the bonfire.
  • На у́лице бы́ло о́чень жа́рко, поэ́тому лю́ди сиде́ли вокру́г фонта́нов и в тени́ дере́вьев.
  • It was very hot in the street and people were sitting around fountains and in the shade of trees.
  • На вы́ставке вокру́г изве́стного худо́жника сра́зу собрала́сь толпа́ покло́нников и журнали́стов.
  • At the exhibition the crowd of admirers and journalists gathered around the famous artist at once.
  • Поле́мика вокру́г э́того зако́на не утиха́ет до сих пор.
  • Controversy over this law is not over yet.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • ходи́ть вокру́г да о́коло (col.) = to beat about the bush
      literal  to go around and near
  • обвести́ вокру́г па́льца = to twist round one's little finger
 Related words:
  • круг = circle, ring
  • кружи́ть = to turn, whirl, spin, wheel round; circle, go round
  • кружи́ться = to whirl, spin; go round
  • о́круг = district; county (USA)
  • окру́жность = circumference; circle

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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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