Definitionenregional note: in BRIT, also use get round
1. phrasal verb To get around a problem or difficulty means to overcome it. [V P n] ⇒ None of these countries has found a way yet to get around the problem of the polarization of wealth. 2. phrasal verb If you get around a rule or law, you find a way of doing something that the rule or law is intended to prevent, without actually breaking it. evade [V P n] ⇒ Although tobacco ads are prohibited, companies get around the ban by sponsoring music shows. 3. phrasal verb If news gets around, it becomes well known as a result of being told to lots of people. [V P that] ⇒ They threw him out because word got around that he was taking drugs. [V P that] ⇒ I'll see that it gets round that you've arrived. 4. phrasal verb If you get around someone, you persuade them to allow you to do or have something by pleasing them or flattering them. [V P n] ⇒ Max could always get round her. 5. phrasal verb → get If you get around, you visit a lot of different places as part of your way of life. [V P] ⇒ He claimed to be a journalist, and he got around.
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