\ ˈrau̇nd \

Definition of round

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center
(2) : cylindrical a round peg
b : approximately round a round face
2 : well filled out : plump, shapely
3a : complete, full a round dozen a round ton
b : approximately correct especially : exact only to a specific decimal or place use the round number 1400 for the exact figure 1411
c : substantial in amount : ample a good round price— T. B. Costain
4 : direct in utterance : outspoken a round denunciation
5 : moving in or forming a circle
6a : brought to completion or perfection : finished
b : presented with lifelike fullness or vividness
7 : delivered with a swing of the arm a round blow
8a : having full or unimpeded resonance or tone : sonorous
b : pronounced with rounded lips : labialized
9 : of or relating to handwriting predominantly curved rather than angular



Definition of round (Entry 2 of 6)

: around



Definition of round (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round
b(1) : a knot of people
(2) : a circle of things
3 : a musical canon in which each part begins on the same note and is continuously repeated
4a : a rung of a ladder or a chair
b : a rounded molding
5a : a circling or circuitous path or course
b : motion in a circle or a curving path
6a : a route or circuit habitually covered (as by a security guard or police officer)
b : a series of similar or customary calls or stops making the rounds of his friendsCurrent Biography especially : a series of regularly scheduled professional calls on hospital patients made by a doctor or nurse usually used in plural
7 : a drink of liquor apiece served at one time to each person in a group I'll buy the next round
8 : a sequence of recurring routine or repetitive actions or events went about my round of chores the newest round of talks
9 : a period of time that recurs in a fixed pattern the daily round
10a : one shot fired by a weapon or by each man in a military unit
b : a unit of ammunition consisting of the parts necessary to fire one shot
11a : a unit of action in a contest or game which comprises a stated period, covers a prescribed distance, includes a specified number of plays, or gives each player one turn
b : a division of a tournament in which each contestant plays an opponent
12 : a prolonged burst (as of applause)
13a : a cut of meat (such as beef) especially between the rump and the lower leg — see beef illustration
b : a slice of food a round of bread
14 : a rounded or curved part
in the round
1 : in full sculptured form unattached to a background
2 : with an inclusive or comprehensive view or representation
3 : with a center stage surrounded by an audience a play presented in the round


verb (1)
rounded; rounding; rounds

Definition of round (Entry 4 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : to make round
b(1) : to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\)
(2) : to pronounce with lip rounding : labialize
2a : go around
b : to pass part of the way around
4 : to bring to completion or perfection often used with off or out
5 : to express as a round number often used with off 11.3572 rounded off to two decimal places becomes 11.36

intransitive verb

1a : to become round, plump, or shapely
b : to reach fullness or completion
2 : to follow a winding course : bend
round on
: to turn against : assail



Definition of round (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : around
2 : all during : throughout round the year


verb (2)
rounded; rounding; rounds

Definition of round (Entry 6 of 6)

transitive verb

1 archaic : whisper
2 archaic : to speak to in a whisper

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Other Words from round


roundness \ ˈrau̇n(d)-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for round

Synonyms: Adjective

global, globular, spherical

Synonyms: Adverb

around, over, through, throughout

Synonyms: Noun

band, circle, eye, hoop, loop, ring

Synonyms: Preposition

about, across, around, over, through, throughout

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of round in a Sentence


The baby has a round face. the owl's big, round eyes a shirt with a round collar


people working there all year round gather round and listen to my story


a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam a busy round of parties during the holiday season


talked to voters round the city
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, a potential first-round pick, on Saturday became the 12th NFL draft prospect in the past two weeks to declare himself out for a bowl game. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Now Missing From Bowl Games: Top College Football Players," 11 Dec. 2018 Lightly grease three 8-inch round cake pans and line with parchment; grease parchment. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Candy Cane Cake," 11 Dec. 2018 Nick, giving a thumbs up to photographers, smiled alongside his wife, wearing round sunglasses, a khaki jacket and pants, and white sneakers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Make Their First Post-Wedding Appearance," 3 Dec. 2018 Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with large round tip. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Mousse Snowmen," 29 Nov. 2018 And this one is as glimmering and shimmering as the snowfall on Christmas Eve: Christmas eyebrows, which first made their debut last year and are now back for round two. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christmas Tree Eyebrows Are Taking Over Instagram," 27 Nov. 2018 Start with this four-pack of L-track ($44.99) and set of round rings ($35). Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 At only 8 miles round trip and 200 feet of elevation gain, Shi Shi Beach won't leave your glutes burning for days after your hike. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 This About Fiji package includes round-trip flights on Fiji Airways, four-star resort accommodation, daily breakfast, use of water sports equipment, guided tours and more. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Center Bam Adebayo, the team’s 2017 first round pick, had a rough shooting night too. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Miami Heat's new addition knows his NBA future hinges on improving this skill," 3 July 2018 To complete the swap, the Suns traded a 2021 Miami first round pick back to Philadelphia, a selection Phoenix originally acquired in the Goran Dragic trade. Jake Fischer,, "Trade Grades: Sixers Position Themselves For Kawhi Leonard," 21 June 2018 Then there is the Nets' first-round pick owned by the Cavaliers, having acquired it in the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Heat hardly disinterested bystanders to NBA lottery | Commentary," 12 May 2018 It all gets started Thursday evening with the primetime first round live from the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Michael Casagrande,, "What to expect from Alabama players in NFL draft first round," 26 Apr. 2018 Kirk, praised for his discipline and no-nonsense approach on and off the field, projects as a fringe first round pick. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Kirk could keep Aggie NFL tradition going," 25 Apr. 2018 McShay gave him a first-round ranking of 29th overall., "NFL Draft 2018: Todd McShay's 10-year track record rating quarterbacks," 24 Apr. 2018 Evgeny Svechnikov scored during Sunday’s 5-1 victory at Manitoba, evening the first-round, best-of-five series, 1-1. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings prospects help Griffins to 1-1 series in playoffs," 23 Apr. 2018 Following is the schedule for the first-round best-of-seven NBA playoff series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics playoff series schedule," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Complete the sequence two more times through, resting 30 seconds between each round, suggests Zadeh. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Hailey Bieber Strengthens Her Core and Lower Half With This One 4-Part Exercise," 4 Jan. 2019 After three rounds of appeals, the insurance company agreed to pay for Sawyer’s treatments, though Dr. Carrasco still has to do peer-to-peer conferences to get each treatment covered. Erin Quinn-kong, Good Housekeeping, "Their Son Tested Positive for Strep Throat. Then Came the Severe OCD, Anxiety, and Hallucinations.," 2 Jan. 2019 To be fair, Deadpool and Cable do exchange one round of particularly blazing fisticuffs, and thank goodness for that. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Funding rounds have helped the companies expand into different product categories. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why ads for bedding startups are all over the subway," 5 Oct. 2018 Francesco Molinari was 11 under along with Matt Jones and Bronson Burgoon, who made two eagles and was 8 under for the round with three holes to play., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 Rest and repeat two more times, for a total of 3 rounds of 10 reps each. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Seriously Challenge Your Core With This Deadlift Variation From Naomi Campbell's Trainer," 19 Dec. 2018 The difference between an automatic and a semiautomatic effectively translates to firing hundreds of rounds a minute versus dozens or so in the same time frame. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 Samsung is gearing up to reveal its new Galaxy S10 lineup in just a couple months, and case seller Mobile Fun has give us clues as to what the new phones will look like, courtesy of a first round of S10 cases from Olixar. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alabama, which has won five titles in the last nine years under coach Nick Saban, has a $1 billion valuation, rounding out the three programs worth 10 figures. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Much Is Your College Football Team Worth?," 7 Jan. 2019 Seeing as though Drake and Duke both have a sister a year younger than them, a little sis for Crew really would round out the fam. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Chip And Joanna Gaines Reveal A Sixth Baby Is Definitely A Possibility," 31 Oct. 2018 Door storage pockets, upgraded bumpers, and a 125-watt solar panel on a custom aluminum rack rounds out the amenities. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van offers a cool oasis for two," 4 Oct. 2018 Thanks to the neighborhood getting together to help round them up, all the animals were loaded onto a trailer with minimal hassle. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Story About 100 Loose Goats Is the Greatest of All Time," 3 Aug. 2018 Bundy turned his ankle rounding third base in Saturday’s interleague game against the Atlanta Braves and is expected to come off the DL on July 6. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles' Bundy confident he'll return from DL on July 6; still wants to hit in interleague games," 27 June 2018 As the three astronauts rounded the moon, many families were gathering together for Christmas, so Apollo 8 sent a holiday message from space. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Apollo 8 Mattered," 21 Dec. 2018 Keep your back straight (not arched or rounded) and your arms straight. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Seriously Challenge Your Core With This Deadlift Variation From Naomi Campbell's Trainer," 19 Dec. 2018 Sony has long made public the percentage of a game's players that have earned any specific trophy on PSN (rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony inadvertently leaks player counts for PS4 titles," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

That is why Uber’s deal with Lime — the ride-hail giant is investing in Lime in a new $335 million round that values the electric scooter company at $1.1 billion — is so important. Sunil Paul, Recode, "The Scooter Wars will be a bloodbath — and Uber will win," 12 July 2018 The plot is so over-the-top as to generate outrageously campy scenes between Cooper and Gaga, even in the trailer, and one in particular became the meme heard round the world. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Star Is Born," 2 Oct. 2018 For anyone not religiously watching Riverdale, Lili and Cole play Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones on the hit CW show and their love (both onscreen and off) is shipped 'round the Riverdale fandom. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse Just Trolled Their Own Relationship on Instagram," 14 Oct. 2018 For instance, Trump’s administration needs to officially announce the $200-billion round of tariffs; so far, Trump has only threatened it. Matt Townsend And Hema Parmar,, "Trade war already threatens to ruin Christmas for retailers," 6 July 2018 Deliveroo has raised $385 millionfrom investors in a funding round that values the food delivery startup at over $2 billion . Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "New pizzeria opening in Kingwood, food delivery services business Favor adds Lake Houston area to its map," 7 June 2018 Motivo is now developing its in-house manufacturing capabilities and launching a national advertising campaign for the product with the completion of a $950,000 Series A round of financing. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This isn't your grandma's walker. New Berlin's Motivo making a better walker with new financing.," 5 June 2018 The concluding round of practice brought the anticipation and raw excitement of watching him try to hit the ball deep into the upper deck or even over the roof. Dick Enberg,, "Dick Enberg Recounts His Special Encounter with Ted Williams," 15 May 2018 The conference semifinal round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin next Monday or Tuesday. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers advance in NBA playoffs, beating Heat behind Joel Embiid; wait for Celtics-Bucks winner," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anker’s Soundcore Flare is as well-rounded as budget Bluetooth speakers get. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Even when there is inflation, some pieces of the tax code don’t change because of rules about rounding to the nearest $500 or nearest $1,000. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Taxpayers Can Put More Into Retirement Accounts in 2019, IRS Says," 1 Nov. 2018 Colleges are looking for future members of a dynamic and well-rounded community. Hafeez Lakhani, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Slay the SAT and ACT," 22 July 2018 Lorenzen took a curtain call after rounding the bases, while the Brewers could do nothing but cringe. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 12, Brewers 3: Tight affair turns into laugher in seventh inning," 30 June 2018 So with rounding, the day’s average was a degree above normal. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "June’s weather so far has been extremely normal," 15 June 2018 After rounding Cape Horn at the bottom of South America, Island Princess will head to the Falkland Islands for a short stop before continuing northward to Puerto Madryn and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "June route roundup: Where cruise lines are adding sailings," 8 June 2018 To Heat President Pat Riley, players such as McGruder, players who emerge from unknowns during those summer leagues, who continue to improve, stand as the lifeblood of rounding out rosters. Ira Winderman,, "Rodney McGruder remains answer to Heat's summer commitment," 10 May 2018 Curtis' bandmates — Bernard Sumner, Hook and Stephen Morris — soldiered on after his death, reinventing themselves as New Order, with Gillian Gilbert rounding out the lineup. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Peter Hook reflects on Joy Division, New Order, the 'Substance Tour,' the life of Ian Curtis and more," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of round


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for round


Middle English, from Anglo-French rund, reund, from Latin rotundus — more at rotund

Verb (2)

alteration of Middle English rounen, from Old English rūnian; akin to Old English rūn mystery — more at rune

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English Language Learners Definition of round

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: shaped like a circle or ball

: shaped like a cylinder

: having curves rather than angles



English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 2 of 4)

: from beginning to end



English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 3 of 4)

: one of a series of similar events

: a series of similar actions, events, or things

: a regular series of activities



English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 4 of 4)

: all during


\ ˈrau̇nd \
rounder; roundest

Kids Definition of round

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : having every part of the surface or circumference the same distance from the center : shaped like a circle or ball
2 : shaped like a cylinder a round peg
4 : having curves rather than angles round corners
5 : complete entry 1 sense 1, full a round dozen
6 : nearly correct or exact in round numbers
7 : large a good round sum
8 : moving in or forming a circle

Other Words from round

roundish \ ˈrau̇n-​dish \ adjective
roundness noun



Kids Definition of round (Entry 2 of 5)



Kids Definition of round (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : a regularly covered route
2 : something (as a circle or globe) that is round
3 : one shot fired by a soldier or a gun
4 : a series or cycle of repeated actions or events a round of talks
5 : a song in which three or four singers sing the same melody and words one after another at intervals
6 : a period of applause
7 : an indirect path
8 : ammunition for one shot
9 : one of the parts into which a contest or game is divided
10 : a cut of beef especially between the rump and the lower leg


rounded; rounding

Kids Definition of round (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : to go or pass around I saw her house as I rounded the corner.
2 : to express as a round number He rounded 947 to 950.
3 : to bring to completion They'll round out the season with a win.
4 : to make or become round I rounded off the corners.
round up
1 : to collect (as cattle) by circling in vehicles or on horseback and forcing them in
2 : to gather in or bring together



Kids Definition of round (Entry 5 of 5)

: around entry 2 He travels round the world.
\ ˈrau̇nd \

Medical Definition of round

: to go on rounds

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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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