\ 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)



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
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 off11.3572 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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roundness \ ˈrau̇n(d)-​nəs How to pronounce roundness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for round

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of round in a Sentence

Adjective The baby has a round face. the owl's big, round eyes a shirt with a round collar Adverb people working there all year round gather round and listen to my story Noun a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam a busy round of parties during the holiday season Preposition talked to voters round the city
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Second-round pick Drew Lock could return from a back injury suffered during the preseason to make an impression, but Elway and the Broncos need to act swiftly. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins aren’t only NFL team in need of QB. Here’s how they compare to rest of league," 28 Nov. 2019 Reddick, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2017, played college football at Temple University, which is located in the heart of Philadelphia. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' 'Philly Connection' trying to help team finish strong," 28 Nov. 2019 Losing at home in November to a future Heisman Trophy winner and first-round NFL draft pick who had taken the conference by storm? Mike Rodak |, al, "Former Alabama LB expects Nick Saban to adapt and overcome LSU loss," 28 Nov. 2019 These elements are present when those who deny the Earth is round or who believe vaccines cause autism insist that there is a governmental cover-up of the real evidence on their topics. Lee Mcintyre, The Conversation, "5 ways Trump and his supporters are using the same strategies as science deniers," 27 Nov. 2019 Keynote speakers and members of panels discuss the topic, and there are small-group workshops and round-table meetings., "For mom influencers, a wide audience comes with responsibility - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Smith was the Bears’ first-round pick last year and an impact player as a rookie; Scarbrough was a sixth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 who bounced the league before finally making his debut earlier this month. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving: Here's what you need to know," 27 Nov. 2019 And now, as a first-round draft choice prematurely thrust into a prominent role for a high-profile NBA team, Poole’s confidence is absorbing a vigorous test. Ron Kroichick,, "Warriors rookie Jordan Poole tries to tap into his lifelong swagger," 27 Nov. 2019 Indeed, the eatery’s first-round offerings include everything from paella to curry to the toothy, black squid ink seafood pasta ($19) in a nicely spicy arrabiata sauce. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Delaney’s Tavern, a dose of delicious near downtown | Review," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb After Roby got hurt against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Texans traded a third-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for former first-round corner Gareon Conley. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans suddenly healthy in secondary," 28 Nov. 2019 Last year, the 49ers traded a third-round pick to Washington to move up 15 spots and select Pettis with the No. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ Shanahan doesn’t hide disappointment with WR Pettis," 12 Nov. 2019 Former third-round pick Issac Yiadom had two chances to seize the No. 2 job and failed. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Journal: Keeping Chris Harris a necessity for cornerback-needy team," 3 Nov. 2019 In joining Snead with the most victories in PGA Tour history, Woods added a third-round 66 to grab a 3-shot lead after 54 holes. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods matches long-standing PGA Tour record, wins No. 82 at Zozo," 28 Oct. 2019 The Dolphins were a seller Monday morning, trading fourth-year running back Kenyan Drake, their third-round pick in 2016, sending him to the Arizona Cardinals. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins already made one trade ... Could they make another move before NFL trade deadline?," 28 Oct. 2019 And the Panthers used a third-round pick to draft West Virginia quarterback (and former Florida Gator) Will Grier in April. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Bucs to face a much-improved Panthers squad in London," 8 Oct. 2019 Avery worked exclusively with the defensive line during training camp, as Chad Thomas, a third-round pick last season, and Smith established themselves as the backups to Olivier Vernon and Garrett. Scott Patsko,, "Can Genard Avery find a spot on the Browns’ 46-man game-day roster?," 14 Sep. 2019 In the last 372 days, Gruden has traded away a generational talent in Khalil Mack and a stud wide receiver in Amari Cooper, a second-round pick, two third-round picks, and a fifth-round pick. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown exposed the Raiders’ relentless incompetence," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bryant earned a bye through the first round of the playoffs and advanced through the quarterfinals with a 42-14 victory over Fayetteville on Nov. 22. Arkansas Online, "Bryant secures opportunity to go back-to-back with rout," 30 Nov. 2019 Throughout her life, Bonnie was an avid golfer - playing hundreds of rounds with her husband of 58 years., "Deaths in South Florida: 11/30," 30 Nov. 2019 In all six playoff meetings since 2008 between Katy and North Shore, the winner only also won the next round's game once. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Dematrius Davis, North Shore take down Katy in powerhouse matchup," 29 Nov. 2019 One round hit the open driver’s door of the patrol car. Lee Roop |, al, "Suspect charged after shots fired at Huntsville police officer," 29 Nov. 2019 Coming off scoring a career-high 30 points against Temple in Thursday’s opening round, senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. overcame his own sluggish start to lead Maryland (7-0) with 20 points, including 17 in the second half. Don Markus,, "Another slow start, another fast finish: No. 5 Maryland beats Harvard, 80-73, to reach Orlando Invitational final," 29 Nov. 2019 The latest round on Sunday ended in typical fashion: Ricky 364, Griffith 162. Ashley Mcbride,, "San Antonio boy, 10, to compete in Scrabble world championship in Malaysia," 28 Nov. 2019 Troopers found 16 live rounds throughout a fifth-wheel trailer near Wasilla where several people said Camarena lived. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alleged victim in sex assault case involving man linked to triple homicide says charges are ‘wrong’," 27 Nov. 2019 Audiences watched as the four remaining contestants each performed in two rounds of competition for judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Bachelor Nation Congratulates Hannah Brown After Dancing with the Stars Win: 'So Well Deserved'," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Catfish, perch and shrimp cover the seafood half of the menu and sides like onion rings, jalapeno poppers and fried okra round out the offerings. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Harold's Chicken Shack is a Chicago icon. Here's what to try at the first Arizona location," 20 Nov. 2019 During the final Jeopardy! round that aired on Monday night, Trebek, 79, asked Gaur for his answer to the final clue. Claudia Harmata,, "Jeopardy! Contestant Who Made Alex Trebek Get Emotional Urges Fans to Donate to Cancer Research," 14 Nov. 2019 Since the economic disruption caused by migration is modest, an imaginative government with sensible policies (come to work, do not draw welfare) could raise living standards all round. The Economist, "Voting with your feet Why voting with your feet is more effective than a ballot," 14 Nov. 2019 The San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and two games against the improving Arizona Cardinals round out the schedule. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rams are paying the true price of their $134 million investment in QB Jared Goff," 11 Nov. 2019 The first round should produce a star and the later rounds starters. Jay Brinker,, "Guest Morning Line: Here's the only way to save the Bengals. The Brown Family won't do it.," 8 Nov. 2019 The first scoring opportunity of the second half fell to Son who rounded Alisson but saw his shot rebound off the crossbar for a second time in the match. George Ramsay, CNN, "Liverpool defeats Tottenham to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League," 27 Oct. 2019 And don’t forget Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks (+525), who round out the top three teams most likely to win the NBA Championship this season. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Future NBA Betting: 2019-20 NBA Championship odds and lines," 21 Oct. 2019 Jonathan Osario bagged a brace in the additional thirty minutes, including a lovely volley from the edge of the box, and Nick DeLeon rounded off the eventual drubbing to send Toronto to the semi-finals., "MLS Playoffs Roundup: Rooney Endures Dismal Send Off & Seattle Sounders Sneak Through," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The Travis Park Church services were meant to also be a practice round of sorts, before the large fundraiser on Dec. 8. Silvia Foster-frau,, "San Antonio homeless lift their spirits find a home in song," 27 Nov. 2019 Undercover officers observed him round the clock and he had been prevented from speaking to his old contacts. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 Most recently Ecocash has struggled to maintain the mobile money system working round the clock as the country has been hit with electricity shortages which have forced it to consider options including Tesla Powerwall storage batteries. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz Africa, "Zimbabwe’s central bank has reversed its ban on mobile money-for-cash transactions," 3 Oct. 2019 However, a snapshot from Glenn Murray snapshot almost broke the deadlock as half-time loomed, Burnley 'keeper Nick Pope reacting well to tip his low effort round the post., "Brighton 1-1 Burnley: Jeff Hendrick the Hero as Clarets Grab Last-Minute Leveller," 14 Sep. 2019 Last night marked the last semifinals round of America's Got Talent season 14 before the 2019 finale on September 17 and 18. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Twitter Is Fuming About the “Unbelievable” and “Disappointing” Semifinal Results," 12 Sep. 2019 Yang prepares the ingredients at CommonWealth Kitchen, and worked round the clock to fulfill the Encore orders. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Dumplings are a good bet," 27 Aug. 2019 The service is available round the clock and must be taken inside to the dispatcher window. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton encouraging safe disposal of old, unused meds," 3 Sep. 2019 And now those words and the scream heard round the premium cable viewing world have been turned into a summer bop of epic proportions. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "This remix of Meryl Streep's Big Little Lies scream is the summer bop we didn't know we needed," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The scent blends its star, vanilla, with notes of bergamot, mandarin, neroli, and jasmine sambac, rounding it out with base notes of cedarwood and musk. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors Share Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 3 Dec. 2019 To round it off, the other two songs on the EP were equally banging. Kat Bein, Billboard, "AC Slater Lists 10 Essential Night Bass Records, Shares 100th Release Compilation," 15 Nov. 2019 Get lazy on that route and round it off too much, or fail to break it off at the appropriate yard marker, and the timing is dead. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State football QB Justin Fields has a best throw that defenses can’t stop," 25 Oct. 2019 This year, Levi's came out on top, with American Eagle at a close second and Burberry rounding it out at number three. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "A New Report by Ranked the Climate Commitments of 45 Major Fashion Companies," 22 Oct. 2019 There was also questionable parking — with some scooters left out overnight, despite the city rule that companies round them up at midnight and redistribute them in the morning. Mary Wisniewski,, "After about 800,000 rides, and many ER visits, the Chicago scooter pilot comes to an end," 15 Oct. 2019 New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after a run home run during the sixth inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Houston. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Torres, Tanaka lead Yankees over Astros 7-0 in ALCS opener," 12 Oct. 2019 Many people conceptualize irrational numbers by rounding them to fractions or decimals: estimating π as 3.14, which is equivalent to 157/50, leads to widespread celebration of Pi Day on March 14th. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "New Proof Solves 80-Year-Old Irrational Number Problem," 16 Sep. 2019 When O’Neill came into the broadcast booth, Thorne’s reaction got as much screen-time as Torres rounding the bases on the Yankees broadcast. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne on Gleyber Torres’ home runs: ‘It’s indescribable to me’," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Round.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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



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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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