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)

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 pluralYou 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
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

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

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Other Words from round

Adjective

roundness \ ˈrau̇n(d)-​nəs How to pronounce roundness (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In each round, 27 participants watched two sequences in which different-sized coins appeared and pulsated before falling into pots, first on the left and then on the right side of the screen. Sara Harrison, Wired, "Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart," 22 Oct. 2020 Other investors in the round include venture capital firms Spark Capital and New Enterprise Associates, as well as Greystar, the real estate company, according to a press release from Alfred. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Ousted WeWork CEO invests in 'future of living' startup Alfred," 14 Oct. 2020 Smith said the guards’ round-the-clock presence at parks has helped change that. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe temporarily extends G4S private security at parks, but may restore park rangers as a long-term fix," 13 Oct. 2020 With coronavirus restrictions preventing fans attending games since March, the Premier League made every game in each round available live in its home market on Sky, BT, Amazon or the BBC. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Premier League goes pay-per-view with games closed for fans," 9 Oct. 2020 For the parents: The brand’s partnership with One Medical offers guests a month-long membership with round-the-clock health service. Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, "Remote Schooling Is the New First-Class Hotel Perk," 8 Oct. 2020 The round-the-clock care, funded by the zoo’s members, is giving Captain a fighting chance. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "The singed whiskers of the climate crisis: Rescued cub still fighting for life at Oakland Zoo," 8 Oct. 2020 Rather than take the 30 minute-drive, he was airlifted in a helicopter to a world-class hospital with a special presidential suite to receive round-the-clock care from top doctors. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Trump Says “Don’t Be Afraid Of COVID.” The 210,000 People Who Died Would Beg To Differ.," 5 Oct. 2020 As expected, Masaba and Neena remain hopeful for round two. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Masaba Masaba' Season 2: What We Know About the Netflix Show's Potential Renewal," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Lady Mustangs have been bounced out of the playoffs in the area round in four straight years. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Kingwood hopes to get over area playoff hump," 25 Sep. 2020 Chief Medaria Arradondo worked round-the-clock monitoring the situation while his officers worked the streets throughout the night, Elder said, noting that Arradondo kept Mayor Jacob Frey apprised at every step of the way. Maryjo Webster, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis paid more than $3.3 million in police overtime in wake of George Floyd's death," 24 Sep. 2020 Several of the Stars' past champions had hoped in retirement to be in Dallas whenever the Stars next made the championship round. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Ready to ‘pass the torch,' the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup champions reflect on Dallas' current playoff run," 18 Sep. 2020 She's been working round-the-clock, conducting conference calls and Zoom meetings in English, Italian and French. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global investors dump shares as Trump’s executive orders spook the markets," 7 Aug. 2020 From minimalist platform and luxe upholstered options to metal slat and traditional Shaker designs, these are the beds in all sizes that Wayfair consumers are buying like hotcakes year-round. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The most beloved beds on Wayfair under $700," 4 Aug. 2020 In Antarctica, the land is covered with snow or ice year-round. Washington Post, "It's hot. Keep cool with this ice-cold quiz.," 31 July 2020 Turns out, even the folks watching the Fast Money round on YouTube found the vasectomy question to be tricky. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See a 'Family Feud' Contestant “Scare the Life” Out of Steve Harvey With His Fast Money Answer," 23 May 2020 The pumpkin spice latte is an item on Alchemy Coffee’s menu year-round. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s pumpkin frenzy is already peaking as October beckons," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Motley Fool Ventures led the round and was joined by investors including Citi and Illuminated Funds Group. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Amazon draws the battle lines at home and abroad," 26 Oct. 2020 Washington boasts five former first-round draft picks on its defensive line. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "The Cowboys feared their O-line would get bullied, but somehow, the results were even worse," 26 Oct. 2020 Dye, the fourth-round rookie out of Oregon, injured his ankle during the Week 2 loss in Indianapolis. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Back from bye week, Vikings try not to focus on roster shake-up," 26 Oct. 2020 Alabama lost first-round picks Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III to the NFL after last season. Christopher Smith, al, "5 reasons Jaylen Waddle’s injury won’t derail Bama’s title hopes," 26 Oct. 2020 Scotty Miller, the 2019 sixth-round pick, had his first 100-yard game and a sweet, over-the-shoulder grab for a 33-yard TD on what was arguably Brady’s best dime as a Buc. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Buccaneers playing with fire by adding Antonio Brown," 26 Oct. 2020 The Wildcats, ranked 23rd in the cleveland.com area Top 25, suffered a first-round loss last year at home to Clyde. Matt Goul, cleveland, "See how Van Wert beat No. 23 Keystone, 38-27, in the OHSAA Division IV regional football quarterfinals," 25 Oct. 2020 But with two first-round picks this year (Nos. 8 and 27), all of their future firsts, two future firsts from the Dallas Mavericks and financial flexibility this offseason and beyond, Rose could get New York on the right track in short order. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "How does Detroit Pistons' future compare to Eastern non-playoff teams? We ranked 'em," 25 Oct. 2020 First-round pick Isaiah Simmons, who barely plays other than special teams, intercepted a pass from Russell Wilson, who was having an MVP season before Sunday night. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Inconsistent defense and Kyler Murray's mistakes are obstacles to Cardinals playoff hopes," 25 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And then, with a grunt heard ‘round the park, the Marine veteran whacks the ball to deep left field. Washington Post, "‘We all wanted to play’: Aging softball buddies defy pandemic for joy of the game," 28 Oct. 2020 Wickliffe is sixth in Division VI to round out area teams in the top 10 of the seven divisions. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Hoban, Chardon and Kirtland atop divisions in final AP state football poll," 26 Oct. 2020 Ohio State moved up two spots and was ranked No. 3, while Notre Dame dropped one spot to round out the top four in both polls. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators remain among top 10 in latest top 25 polls," 25 Oct. 2020 The Auburn transfer threw for 345 yards and six touchdowns and had 97 yards and one score on the ground to round out the stellar all-around performance. Joseph Salvador, USA TODAY, "Top 10 performances from Week 8 of college football," 25 Oct. 2020 To round out your museum tour, walk two blocks to the Cherokee National Prison Museum. Kristi Eaton, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Trip to Cherokee Nation," 22 Oct. 2020 To round out your skin-care routine for the age of maskne and beyond, here are seven pimple patches to stock up on, from nearly invisible dots to selfie-ready stickers. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Pimple Patches Are the Perfect Accessory in Our Era of Mask Wearing," 22 Oct. 2020 Demographic information will still be needed to round out the verification process, and a patient’s demographic information must be verified using referential matching. Mark Larow, STAT, "Cell phone numbers could provide a fast-track solution to matching patients with their health records," 20 Oct. 2020 Odds are that the Warriors will round out their center rotation in free agency. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors mailbag: Analyzing Golden State’s path back to contention," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The area round of the playoffs has caused trouble for Kingwood over the last half decade. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Kingwood hopes to get over area playoff hump," 25 Sep. 2020 Labs have worked round the clock to gradually bring more tests to Americans over the past six months. USA Today, "Rapid, cheap home tests: Companies attempt to make coronavirus tests widely available," 24 Sep. 2020 The coach said Tillis could have a big impact as the opposition makes game plans for Peterson coming round the edge. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "District 11-3A football preview: De La Salle returns Arizona-bound duo: Montrell Johnson, Ja'Marian Peterson," 22 Sep. 2020 The announcement said round two of funding opens this month, and potential applicants must provide property damage or replacement estimates, and be located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles or Minneapolis. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Beyoncé donates an additional $1 million to small Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19," 7 Sep. 2020 A week after a windstorm of unprecedented ferocity blasted the Wasatch Front, 1,500 homes remained without power Tuesday morning as utility crews continue to toil round the clock, reattaching wires knocked down by falling trees and branches. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "About 1,500 Utah homes remain without power," 15 Sep. 2020 At BITS Pilani, for instance, hostel superintendents and guards conduct thermal scanning and sanitisation of vehicles round the clock. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "How Indian IITs are keeping calm and carrying on during the pandemic," 1 Sep. 2020 The area was to cordoned off and guarded by security round the clock beginning Monday, the permit states. Washington Post, "Republicans receive permit for Washington Monument fireworks Thursday after Trump’s speech," 24 Aug. 2020 And then starting on Jan. 1, 2021, round all prices down, if two cents or less, or up, if three cents or more. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Common cents: Some readers say it’s time to abolish the penny," 12 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Russia, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia round out the top 10. Kristine Servando, Bloomberg.com, "Which Country Wields Most Power in Asia? U.S. Leads But China Is Catching Up," 18 Oct. 2020 Katies Lowes, Alexis Floyd, Arian Moayed, Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, and Terry Kinney round out the cast. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Inventing Anna: What to Know About Netflix's Anna Delvey Show Starring Julia Garner," 7 Oct. 2020 Nashville, El Paso, Memphis, Phoenix, and Houston round out the top five cities for highest case rates in the country. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Pacific Northwest may have lowest coronavirus case rates in US, mayor's findings claim," 7 Oct. 2020 Items from the Alice Park Collection of Women’s Suffrage Ephemera round out the show. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "New Britain Museum of American Art keeps focus on women, art and social change," 5 Oct. 2020 Mississippi State, Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri round out October. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the SEC teams after Week 5 of the college football season," 4 Oct. 2020 Fishnet tights, thigh-high socks, and platform combat boots round out the all-black ensemble. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Here’s A Sneak Peek Of Lizzo, Willow Smith, & More At Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show," 1 Oct. 2020 The keys aren’t the standard square shape, but instead, have a slight curve on the bottom edges that round it off. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best laptops of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 RHPs Tyler Glasnow and RHP Charlie Morton round out the rotation. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, "Rays beat Philadelphia 4-3, hurt Phillies' playoff hopes," 26 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for round

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The first known use of round was in the 14th century

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Round.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/round. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for round

round

adjective
How to pronounce round (audio)

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

round

adverb

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

: from beginning to end

round

noun

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

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

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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