\ 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

blubbery, chubby, corpulent, fat, fleshy, full, obese, overweight, plump, portly, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, tubby

Synonyms: Adverb

about, around, back, backward (or backwards)

Synonyms: Noun

circle, cycle, merry-go-round, wheel

Synonyms: Preposition

about, across, around, over, through, throughout

Antonyms: Adjective

lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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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

France hasn’t needed any extra time in its three knockout round victories; Croatia, meanwhile, needed extra time and penalty shots to get by Denmark and Russia, and scored in the 109th minute against England. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Tight end Julius Thomas whispered through a 388-yard, three-touchdown season, and he has been replaced in the lineup by second-rounder Mike Gesicki, a combination of round and position that has yet to produce even a 700-yard rookie season once. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: More, uh, motivation as Dolphins RBs, WRs, rated 31st," 12 July 2018 Belcastro, 17, of Norwalk, won the title after a stroke play qualifying round Monday and back-to-back days of two match play rounds to reach the final against Doyle. Christopher Hanna,, "Belcastro Takes Home CT Junior Amateur Golf Championship," 12 July 2018 Mauricio Pochettino would be able to mould him into even more of an all round player., "Why Tottenham Should Move to Sign Colombia Defender Yerry Mina From Barcelona," 12 July 2018 Teams were invited to submit draft-round bids during Wednesday's supplemental draft. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "NFL’s supplemental draft passes quietly for inactive Chiefs," 11 July 2018 From a golfing perspective, the variety in the holes is what really makes each round memorable. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Bruce Brown, the Pistons' 2nd-round pick, had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals in summer league win over Minnesota, July 11, 2018. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Bruce Brown stuffs stat sheet in Detroit Pistons summer league win," 11 July 2018 This round targets a larger number of consumer goods as varied as fish, luggage, tires, dog leashes, baseball gloves, furniture, clothing, mattresses, and some electronics. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Trump Just Announced Tariffs on $200 Billion More Chinese Goods. Here's What's Different About This Round," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Bruins must replace three starters on the offensive line, including tackle Kolton Miller, a first-round NFL draft selection, and center Scott Quessenberry, a sixth-round pick. Matt Murschel,, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 Some of the Centre Court fans here could barely contain their grumbling at Djokovic’s ball bouncing during his third-round victory against Kyle Edmund. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tennis Players Get Ready to Be Put on the Clock (Visibly)," 11 July 2018 Doncic was drafted third overall in last month's NBA draft after the Mavericks acquired his rights in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the rights to the Mavs' fifth overall pick, Trae Young, and a protected 2019 first round pick. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "It's official: Mavericks sign top pick Luka Doncic," 9 July 2018 Those two have been replaced by Jordan Matthews, who was signed in April, and rookie Braxton Berrios, the Patriots’ sixth-round pick out of Miami. Mike Persak,, "Patriots WR Julian Edelman will miss game against Dolphins," 5 July 2018 The league could be a showcase for the athletic duo of Walker, a first-round guard from Miami, and Metu, a second-round forward from USC. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs rookies Walker, Metu in spotlight Friday," 28 June 2018 Bren Spillane, the Reds’ third-round pick this year out of Illinois, is 5-for-15 with a solo home run and nine strikeouts. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds Beat Blog: Should the Reds make Jim Riggleman their permanent manager?," 25 June 2018 The Detroit Red Wings have traded defenseman Robbie Russo to the Arizona Coyotes for a 2019 seventh round pick. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings trade Robbie Russo to Arizona for 2019 draft pick," 25 June 2018 But the Hawks agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, sending Doncic to Dallas for Oklahoma’s Trae Young, who was chosen fifth, and a future first round pick. Matthew Gutierrez, WSJ, "Phoenix Suns Select Deandre Ayton No. 1 in NBA Draft," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After two rounds, Davies had been tied with fellow Brit Trish Johnson at 4-under 142. Gene Chamberlain,, "Laura Davies shoots 66 to take U.S. Senior Women's Open lead at Chicago Golf Club," 14 July 2018 The pundits and the press rightfully, obviously, made England favourites to reach the final and eventually bring football home because Croatia had gone through extra time and penalties in the two rounds directly before the semi., "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 The first two rounds of match play are scheduled for Wednesday at George Wright. Mia Berry,, "Jackson Lang, Andrew O’Leary share medalist honors in match-play qualifying," 11 July 2018 The Eagles have eight draft picks in 2019, including three in the first two rounds, and also expect to receive compensatory picks. Zach Berman,, "What's the Eagles' plan at punter as training camp approaches? | Early Birds," 10 July 2018 McDonald arrived at Wimbledon having won two round to reach the quarterfinals at the Libema Open in the Netherlands. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Up-and-coming American Mackenzie McDonald making presence felt at Wimbledon," 6 July 2018 Wheeler can stay in his post while the Senate considers up to two rounds of nominees for the position. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "Environmental Advocates Will Keep Pressure on Pruitt's Successor at EPA," 6 July 2018 The tournament began with two rounds of stroke play, with the top 32 players advancing to match play. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Match-play maker: Lincoln-Way Central’s Brianne Bolden stands out at Women’s Western Amateur," 5 July 2018 Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were held before that, in 1999. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Koreas begin basketball friendlies in latest peace gesture," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Heat's opening-round schedule in Las Vegas will be rounded out by a 5 p.m. Eastern Sunday game against the Charlotte Hornets and a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday game against the Utah Jazz. Ira Winderman,, "Heat, Derrick Jones Jr. thrive again in summer league, ready for more," 5 July 2018 This year's list of 16 vendors is rounded out by other returning vendors, including Bristol's Farm of Canton, Salsa Loca of Granby, Ridge Runner Soaps of Harwinton, Oma's Pride of Avon, and Tonn's Orchard of Burlington. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library Farmers Market Enters Fifth Season," 27 June 2018 Jordan rounded out the look with Christian Louboutin Kicko black leather buckled boots. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael B. Jordan Masters Chinoiserie Patterned Pants at MTV Awards," 18 June 2018 The rest of Southern Accents is rounded out by drummer Tony Mac, keyboardist Jeffrey Hollandsworth and rhythm guitarist Jace Aaron, who provides supporting vocals. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Tom Petty tribute band boasts some top Nashville musicians," 13 June 2018 This is an unusually large cast for an off-Broadway production — with 18 actors and no doubling outside of the same person at different ages — but there's not a weak link in the ensemble or a character that doesn't feel fully rounded. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Fieldwork conducted by Braun columns may be one point more or less than the sum of their component parts due to rounding. Fox News, "Fox News Poll 7/12," 12 July 2018 As Mateus Uribe covered his face in shame and disappointment, and wept, Southgate put his arms round him in consolation. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Win or lose in the World Cup, England has a national hero in Coach Gareth Southgate," 11 July 2018 The first bendable screens went into curved TVs and phones that round at the edges. Geoffrey A. Fowler,, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras and charge over thin air.," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Yes, by good luck my brother happened to be coming home from Carndonagh that night, and heard the fairies singing and saw them dancing round me in the wood at Carrowkeel. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018 The place is so round that there’s not a ton of banking compared to some other 1.5-milers. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Cup Series playoff hopefuls look to break through at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 Construction crews worked round the clock seven days a week to complete the $54-million emergency repairs. Mary Forgione,, "Big Sur road coming back: Highway 1, closed for a year and a half because of massive slide, to reopen by July 20," 4 July 2018 Those who were lucky enough to own the jacket seen ‘round the world before the incident are now able to cash it in for a pretty penny. Sarah Polus,, "Melania Trump’s Zara jacket is selling for insane prices on secondhand sites," 27 June 2018 Those who were lucky enough to own the jacket seen 'round the world before the incident are now able to cash it in for a pretty penny. Sarah Polus,, "Melania Trump's Zara jacket is selling for insane prices on secondhand sites," 27 June 2018 In her recent documentary series, Serena Williams is seen pumping round the clock at home, in front of her trainer, and even before a competitive match. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen's Breast Pump Selfie is as Real as It Gets—I Know Firsthand," 19 June 2018 Maradona is so adored that when his off-the-field misdemeanours, not to say crimes, often left him at death's door, mass vigils popped up round the world, from Bangladesh to Naples. CNN, "How Diego Maradona redefined football in the space of less than five minutes," 11 June 2018 The club also signed 12th round University of Tampa righty Mark Moclair, 27th round Western Oklahoma State College catcher Juan Paulino and 30th round Azusa Pacific University righthander Layne Henderson. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros announce signing of 6 draft picks," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The two-time Wimbledon champion is rounding back into form after suffering multiple hand injuries in a 2016 home invasion that cost her much of the 2017 season. Staff Report,, "Three-Time Champ Petra Kvitova Commits To Play In Connecticut Open," 22 May 2018 Two minutes later, the Camaro rounded a bend and pulled up behind Skinner. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 Maddie Graydon, also a junior from Poway, rounded out the Poway squad on the field. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Poway Polo travels to chilly national championships," 28 Mar. 2018 Facebook rounds out the top three, current scandal aside. James Hetherington, Newsweek, "Which Are the Best Companies to Work for in the U.S.? Tech Dominates Linkedin's Top 50," 21 Mar. 2018 The Stelvio is a new crossover from Alfa Romeo, as the company tries to round out its lineup for the U.S. market. Scott Sturgis,, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 For a sit-down restaurant, the actual cut off in price is $40 to leave at least 15 percent for tip and approximately $4 for sales tax to round out to $50. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 All eyes will firmly be on Russia this week with the World Cup semi-finals and final set to round off what has been a spectacular tournament., "Manchester United Take to Twitter to Celebrate a Huge Week of Occasions for the Club," 10 July 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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