In this sentence :

I wasn't around for all of that.

Does "around" mean "aware" ?

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No, in that sentence, it means "I was not present during those events."

AHD "around" adj (3)
3. Being in evidence; present: asked if the store manager was around.

  • Note that in evidence is an idiom meaning "clearly visible" (the figurative meaning, "present", is what's pertinent here nonetheless).
    – user3395
    Mar 28, 2020 at 4:45

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