round

adjective
\ 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

round

adverb

Definition of round (Entry 2 of 6)

: around

round

noun

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 They were always together, fighting to cure paralysis. An endless round of fundraisers, Congressional testimony.— Diane Sawyer often used in plural You see, in election time local politicians, aspirants for office, have a way of making the rounds of the saloons to get votes.— Jack London… no one … was surprised to see him making the TV news rounds within hours of his announced termination …— Kristi Owram especially : a series of regularly scheduled professional calls on hospital patients made by a doctor or nurse usually used in plural … if laboratory test results are not available to physicians when they make their routine morning rounds, they may have to delay patient management, repeat their rounds at a later time, and perhaps prolong their patients' hospital stays. — David A. Novis and Jane C. Dale
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

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

round

preposition

Definition of round (Entry 5 of 6)

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

round

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

Other Words from round

Adjective

roundness \ ˈrau̇n(d)-​nəs How to pronounce round (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for round

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonspherical
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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While Harris has performed in a small game sample size, Callahan has of course been privy to much more of his development over the last two-plus years in practice ever since the Browns drafted him in the fifth round two years ago. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 In round two, judges and chefs Evan Funke and Antonia Lofaso determine if one of these Italian experts have the chops to beat Alex in her own kitchen. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 31 July 2022 One of the chief sources of noise came from the speakers spread out across the course that now play music even as the round progresses, a stark contrast from traditional competitive golf. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 30 July 2022 Capacity: Around 40,000 for most concerts, although Garth Brooks’ sold-out, in-the-round performance in March drew a record 53,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2022 The Orioles had drafted Ripken from Gilman in the 20th round two years earlier, but Ripken opted to attend Indian River State College in Florida. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 22 July 2022 The Red Sox returned to the righthander ranks in round 7 with Caleb Bolden. Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 The other was the draft rights to another EuroLeague guard, this one being Serbian playmaker Vasilije Micic, whom the 76ers had drafted very late in the second round six years previously. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 15 July 2022 In addition to rocking a new jet black mullet for the role, Theron shared plans to up the ante on the action for round two. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 12 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Unlike some resort hotels, the Byron is open year round. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Ukraine held onto it after 1991, while Russia was allowed to keep the Russian naval fleet housed at Sevastopol — a crucial warm-water port in Crimea that would provide access to the Mediterranean all year round for Russia. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 With the right accessories, the Karen Kane Open Front Jacket can be styled all year round. Lydia Mansel, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 The Milwaukee County Zoo is open year round, but more animals are out in the summer thanks to the dozens of outdoor exhibits. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2022 Gaughan said the ready access to fresh food will only make a stronger and healthier community - all year round. Haley Yamada, ABC News, 21 July 2022 In Carleton Varney’s world of interior design, floral patterns never went out of style, pink and orange could be a perfect match, and green and red mingled merrily year round, not just at Christmas. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 21 July 2022 The Cairngorms is a haven for those who prefer to spend life outdoors, with the Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm peaks attracting hardy hikers all year round. Joe Minihane, CNN, 13 July 2022 Grow fresh herbs and veggies all year round with an indoor herb garden that will look and smell amazing. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 10 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mason-native Peyton Stearns fell to Taylor Townsend in the second round of qualifying Sunday night at the Western & Southern Open. Sara Tidwell, The Enquirer, 15 Aug. 2022 In the opening round of the 1996 NCAA tournament, Mr. Carril hoodwinked defending national champs UCLA. John Otis, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2022 Thompson, the Kansas State standout the Dolphins selected in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL draft, had put together an impressive two weeks of training camp coming into Saturday’s game and those practices carried over. Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2022 Fallbrook’s Emily Deming 6-3, 6-4 in the round of 32. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2022 Pickens made his pro debut in the game after joining Pittsburgh in the second round of NFL Draft on April 29. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 14 Aug. 2022 Bernard was taken in the 35th round of the 2012 draft and spent three seasons in the Padres’ minor league system. Michael Kelly, ajc, 13 Aug. 2022 Things got even weirder in the second round, when Megan had to hit the brakes after discovering that Fallon did not share her love for ranch dressing. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2022 But a postseason concussion suffered by Jones afforded Collins a massive stage in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb North and Chicago also get solo photos of their own, which round out the gallery before a sweet picture of Chicago and North sharing a mother-daughter embrace. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 5 Aug. 2022 In an era of instant messages and round the clock availability, introverts can demonstrate the benefits of disconnecting from the wider world in order to reconnect with an inner life. Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 18 July 2022 Shortstops Gavin Kilen, Logan Wagner and Patrick Forbes, catcher Will Vierling and Trinity outfielder Korbyn Dickerson round out the Cardinals' other signees from the 2022 class who were named among the MLB.com's top 250 draft prospects. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 14 July 2022 Along with Barnett, the other young actors who round out the friend group are Sanai Victoria, Madalen Mills and Eden Grace Redfield. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 Both players were impressive in the spring game and round out a deep running back group. Evan Dudley, al, 12 July 2022 As a cognitive simplification strategy, our minds tend to round very small probabilities down to zero (e.g., turning 2.4% into 0%). J. Peter Scoblic And David R. Mandel, CNN, 28 June 2022 To gain access to the non-taxpayer MLE and round out their roster with a minimum deal, the Sixers would have to shed roughly $8.2 million in salary without taking any money back. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Like Parks, who navigated between the gilded establishment and 'round the way society, Jordan tries to move seamlessly across boundaries. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Lifeguards began using personal watercraft and inflatable raft round the 1980s to quickly reach people in danger on the beach. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 The effective second time dimension created by the team sneaks round this limitation. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, 26 July 2022 Still, some 2,000 firefighters were battling round the clock on Tuesday to bring the wildfires under control. New York Times, 19 July 2022 In the postgame clubhouse afterward, one of the TVs was turned to the Philadelphia Phillies game, in which former Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber hit a home run, causing Kyle Hendricks to turn his head and watch his former teammate round the bases. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2022 She was renowned for her skill at sorting through the high volume of news filed round the clock by Variety‘s unmatched roster of international correspondents. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 17 June 2022 When the cyclist disappeared round a corner, the group’s commander, Ahmad Akhmedov, urged everyone back into the vehicle and drove to another position at the edge of town. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2022 When the cyclist disappeared round a corner, the group’s commander, Ahmad Akhmedov, urged everyone back into the vehicle and drove to another position at the edge of town. Nabih Bulos, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 So gather round your little ghouls and goblins to turn decorating creative (and creepy) treats into the best Halloween celebration yet. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ensemble members Courtney Bassett, Donnie Hammond and Dimitri Moise help round out the cast on the Ship of Dreams. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Help round out their bar cart with a gorgeous copper cocktail set, complete with a cocktail shaker, jigger, muddler, mixing spoon, strainer, liquor pourers, ice tongs, and corkscrew. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 In an era of instant messages and round the clock availability, introverts can demonstrate the benefits of disconnecting from the wider world in order to reconnect with an inner life. Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 18 July 2022 Shortstops Gavin Kilen, Logan Wagner and Patrick Forbes, catcher Will Vierling and Trinity outfielder Korbyn Dickerson round out the Cardinals' other signees from the 2022 class who were named among the MLB.com's top 250 draft prospects. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 14 July 2022 Both players were impressive in the spring game and round out a deep running back group. Evan Dudley, al, 12 July 2022 And Lane will play the Oracles of the Sun and Moon, while Jordan Fisher and André De Shields help round out the voice cast. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 The orange and lime juices help round out passion fruit’s distinctive tang. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 Ornate framed mirrors, pretty patterned dishware, and floral artwork can help round out the look. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of round

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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

Verb (1)

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

Preposition

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for round

Adjective

Middle English round, rounde "spherical, circular, rounded," borrowed from Anglo-French reund, rund, rount, going back to Vulgar Latin *retundus, altered (by presumed vowel dissimilation) from Latin rotundus — more at rotund

Adverb

Middle English, "in a circle," derivative of round, rounde round entry 1

Noun

Middle English rond, round, rounde "spherical body or form, circle," in part derivative of round, rounde round entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French rund, rond (in en rund "round about") and runde (in a la runde "round about"), both nominal derivatives of reund, rund round entry 1

Verb (1)

Middle English rounden "to form a ball, be circular, cut (hair) close around the head," in part derivative of round round entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French runder "to revolve" and Old French rondir "to make round," derivatives of rund, rond round entry 1

Preposition

derivative of round entry 2

Verb (2)

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

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More Definitions for round

round

adjective
\ 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

round

adverb

Kids Definition of round (Entry 2 of 5)

round

noun

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

round

verb
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

round

preposition

Kids Definition of round (Entry 5 of 5)

: around entry 2 He travels round the world.

round

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

Medical Definition of round

: to go on rounds

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