\ ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce round (audio) \

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 How to pronounce roundness (audio) \ 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

Dennard, a first-round pick in 2014, was an unrestricted free agent. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard stays on 1-year deal," 25 Mar. 2019 Meadows, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, hit .292 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 49 for the Pirates after making his major league debut on May 17. Fox News, "Pittsburgh Pirates trade for Chris Archer in bid to bolster rotation," 31 July 2018 Ray, the Brewers' 2016 first-round draft pick, joins Brett Phillips (2016) and Michael Choice (2017) in the team record book with his performance. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 5, Brewers 4: Offense can't rescue Peralta in extra-inning loss," 11 July 2018 Dragic plus one of our young trio plus a first-round draft pick is a really good offer, considering Kawhi played only nine games last season and reportedly only wants to play for the Lakers. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Should Heat offer anything and everything for Kawhi?," 6 July 2018 Saquon Barkley is a first-round pick in every format. Gary Gramling,, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 The 2017 first-round draft pick is getting to his spots, his jumper is falling, and his confidence level is extremely high. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Five takeaways from the Utah Summer League," 5 July 2018 Cornerback Denzel Ward, the other high first-round pick, was also a reach. The Baltimore Sun,, "Who won the offseason in the AFC North? Breaking down the best moves by the Ravens' opponents," 2 July 2018 During every run and workout, the trainees wear a round Zephyr puck sensor, about the size of a bar of hotel soap, against their chest. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Fenty Beauty wants to keep us glowing all year round, and as a result continues snatch our wallets. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Is Launching 8 New Bronzers Next Week," 29 Mar. 2019 Though the bright yellow blooms scream summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round. In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and Terrain’s gardeners decorate with flora indoors and out, all year round. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, "The Best Interior-Design Books to Give as Holiday Presents," 5 Dec. 2018 While winter is the obvious time for all things hygge, Danes practice this concept year round. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend," 4 Dec. 2018 Baker, the third-round pick from Ohio State, is expected to be used mostly in passing situations. Chris Perkins,, "Dolphins sign three rookie draftees — Jerome Baker, Durham Smythe, Kalen Ballage," 6 June 2018 Mason Rudolph, the Steelers' third-round pick last month — and the apparent heir apparent to one Ben Roethlisberger — met with reporters at the team's rookie minicamp Friday. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph believes he and Ben Roethlisberger are 'going to be friends'," 11 May 2018 Those numbers will likely dip in 2018, as the blindingly bright future of last year’s third-round pick, Kenny Golladay, pushes Jones squarely into the No. Andy Benoit,, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2014 Draft, Four Years Later," 8 May 2018 Senat, a sixth-round pick out of Wagner, is a raw prospect who will need time to develop. Jeff Zrebiec,, "Looking at the Ravens' offensive depth chart ahead of the various offseason minicamps," 8 May 2018

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Raymond HallGetty Images After partying in Miami with the Jonas brothers and Priyanka Chopa, Sophie Turner flew to New York City for a round of press interviews. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore Her Cozy Louis Vuitton House Slippers Outside," 3 Apr. 2019 Nowell is projected as the fourth selection in the second round (No. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: After breakout season, what’s next for UW hoops? Here are 3 storylines to watch," 26 Mar. 2019 The second round of deals offers even more excitement, with one of our favorite drugstore mascaras, L’Oréal Voluminous mascara, on sale for just five bucks on March 17. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Target's 14 Days of Deals Event Is Packed With Beauty Products, and I Want It All," 13 Mar. 2019 According to TechCrunch, this is the second round of funding the KonMari company, founded in 2015 by Marie Kondo and her husband, have opened. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Watch Out Goop, Marie Kondo Is Launching Her Own Lifestyle Site," 8 Mar. 2019 The Voice alum Red Marlow made a surprise return to the reality singing series this week for the final round of Blind Auditions. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Contestant Jackson Marlow Has a Famous Uncle Who You'll Definitely Recognize," 19 Mar. 2019 Getty Images Following the latest round of cheating drama with Tristan Thompson, fans started tweeting their hopes for Khloé Kardashian to find love as the next Bachelorette. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Threatens Legal Action Against 'The Bachelor' Creator for Implying She Might Actually Be the Next Bachelorette," 24 Feb. 2019 The latest round of company earnings showed solid profit growth for the final three months of 2018, but caution about conditions going forward amid signs of a weaker global economy this year. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "US stocks edge higher in early trading, extending gains," 20 Feb. 2019 Ryan Broderick and Jules Darmanin have a new report in BuzzFeed today looking at the latest round of protests in the weekend, which were broadcast live on Facebook by activists. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018

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The heat works nicely to round out the funky, earthy pork-snail broth. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 Mayer's teammate, '19 offensive/defensive lineman Carter Black, received an offer from Morehead State June 16 to round out Northern Kentucky football recruiting news this weekend. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Recruiting Trail: Anderson's Correll commits to Notre Dame, NCC's Kelly to Ohio," 18 June 2018 Soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are right behind him to round out the Top 3 and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard comes in at No., "Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum crack Forbes' Top 100 of world's highest-paid athletes for 2018," 7 June 2018 And to round out the day, tours of the cathedral were offered. Dinah L. Rogers Photography,, "Greek Festival offers food and fun on New Orleans' Bayou St. John," 28 May 2018 Her Face After Receiving More Than 40 Stitches in Fall Accident To round out the night, Underwood was surprised by Travis himself onstage with a bouquet of flowers. Jordan Runtagh,, "Cheers! Carrie Underwood Relaxes in Napa Valley with Husband Mike Fisher Ahead of Show: 'Life Is Good'," 17 May 2018 Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews talks about working on his blocking technique to round out his game. Jeff Zrebiec,, "Mark Andrews believes that he and fellow TE Hayden Hurst will only make each other better," 4 May 2018 Arizona selected Josh Rosen to round out the top 10. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "Cleveland Browns pick Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield with No. 1 overall pick | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Apr. 2018 Using a scraper, transfer the dough round to the prepared baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Not to be outdone by Michelle Obama's Balenciaga thigh-high boots heard round the world yesterday, Obama's appearance on the track made its way around the Internet this morning to much delight. Vogue, "Barack Obama Guest Stars on the Last "Hamildrop" Hamilton Mixtape," 21 Dec. 2018 James wouldn’t make his final decision then, as Paul would go on to meet with officials from the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday before that tweet heard ‘round the world. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Showtime: LeBron James' business, basketball worlds collide in Los Angeles," 2 July 2018 Though a conflict with America would be bad, China could eventually work round it. The Economist, "A threatened trade war between China and America may be on hold," 24 May 2018 The immediacy, ease of use and remote capabilities of the tools enabled the team to raise most of their Series A round within the span of just a few weeks, from their home base in Austin, TX. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "TheWaveVR Raises $6 Million Series A Round to Bring Social, Interactive VR Music Experiences to the Masses," 23 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then, with a craft knife, round out the top of the noodle and shape the styrofoam to get the right texture. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This DIY Pool Noodle Cactus Is Effing Brilliant," 27 July 2018 Corpus Christi in Texas and Orlando, Florida rounded out the top three. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Driving in Atlanta is painful — but it’s far from the worst," 11 July 2018 Jennifer Cosco rounded out the trio with her company, Envy, which uses pictures instead of words to create reviews. Neil Senturia,, "Ad Astra accelerator gives female-led San Diego startups a boost," 2 July 2018 Sides round out the meals, like fries, coleslaw and macaroni and potato salads. Leeanne Griffin,, "Climb The Treehouse At Oyster Club For A Summertime View Of Mystic," 2 July 2018 Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, India, and Afghanistan round out the top 10 most dangerous countries for women. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Experts Ranked the Most Dangerous Countries for Women. The U.S. Made the Top 10," 27 June 2018 Southlake Christian Church and the Lake County Extension Noteables rounded out the performance. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Gospel music fest lifts spirits, sheet music," 25 June 2018 While Porsche is fourth this year, Ford rounds out the top five brands with a score of 81. NBC News, "South Korean cars rank highest for quality in new survey — but Detroit isn't far behind," 20 June 2018 Missouri and South Carolina rounded out the top five states where motorcycles were recovered. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Motorcycle thefts drop nationwide, but Texas is one of the most targeted states," 6 June 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)

chiefly British
: all during


\ ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce round (audio) \
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 How to pronounce round (audio) \

Medical Definition of round

: to go on rounds

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