Are the words \u201caround\u201d and \u201cround\u201d interchangeable? Yes. Except for when they\u2019re not. The problem is that these terms have several uses between them, but only some uses overlap. To make sure your written work is error free, then, check out our guide to using these words correctly.\nAround and Round (Positions and Movements)\nWe typically use \u201caround\u201d to describe the position or movement of something. This can include any of the following:\n\n \tMoving in a circular motion or following a perimeter\n \tSurrounding or being surrounded by something\n \tBeing near to or in the general proximity of something\n\nIn each of these cases, \u201caround\u201d works as either an adverb or a preposition. We can see how each use works in practice in the examples below:\n\n \tWe started by walking around the edge of the field.\n \tThere were trees all around.\n \tWe checked to see if there were any farms around.\n\nWe can also use \u201cround\u201d in any of these sentences. For instance:\n\n \tWe started by walking round the edge of the field.\n \tThere were trees all round.\n \tWe checked to see if there were any farms round.\n\nWhen discussing the position or movement of something, then, you can treat \u201caround\u201d and \u201cround\u201d as synonyms. However, \u201caround\u201d is usually the better choice in formal writing.\nApproximations and Rounding\nAnother use of \u201caround\u201d is as an adverb meaning \u201croughly\u201d or \u201capproximately.\u201d For example, we could say:\nI have around $150 to last the next month.\nBut even if we can use \u201caround\u201d in relation to numbers, this should not be confused with \u201crounding\u201d a number up or down. Nor is it the same as describing something as a \u201cround number\u201d in math.\nOther Uses of Round\nThe word \u201cround\u201d has other uses as a noun, verb, and adjective. As a noun, for example, it can mean any of the following:\n\n \tA stage in a process or competition (e.g., A round of golf\u2026)\n \tSomething cut into a circle (e.g., Pastry rounds\u2026)\n \tDrinks bought for a group of people (e.g., I\u2019ll get the next round\u2026)\n \tA shot from a gun (e.g., They fired three rounds into the air\u2026)\n\nAs a verb, meanwhile, in addition to \u201crounding\u201d a number, it can refer to:\n\n \tMoving around something (e.g., Rounding a corner\u2026)\n \tForming something into a circle (e.g., He rounded his lips and blew\u2026)\n\nFinally, as an adjective, it can mean \u201ccircular\u201d or \u201cplump.\u201d In short, \u201cround\u201d has a lot of meanings! However, we cannot use \u201caround\u201d in its place for any of these noun, verb, or adjective uses.\nSummary: Around or Round?\nWhile \u201cround\u201d can be an informal alternative to \u201caround\u201d when used to describe the movement or position of something, this is not the case with other uses of these words. Remember:\n\n \tEither around or round can be used to describe the movement or position of something. However, \u201caround\u201d\u00a0 is more formal.\n \tWe also use around to say that something is a rough estimate, but we cannot use \u201cround\u201d as a synonym in this case.\n \tThe word round has many other uses as an adjective, a noun, and a verb. However, you cannot use \u201caround\u201d in its place for these uses.\n\nSo it is only with respect to movement or positioning that these terms are interchangeable. And if you\u2019d like help checking you\u2019ve used these terms correctly, just let us know.