\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, gross, lardy, obese, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, tubby

Synonyms: Adverb

about, around, back, backward (or backwards)

Synonyms: Noun

circle, cycle, merry-go-round, wheel, zodiac

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

This time last year, everyone seemed reasonably certain USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen would be first-round draft choices. Andy Staples,, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 Perriman, the franchise’s first-round draft choice in 2015 who has failed to live up to expectations, needs a strong camp to cement his spot on the roster. Edward Lee,, "Ravens 2018 position-by-position breakdown: wide receivers," 11 July 2018 Welcome: Finally on a winner, Kyle O'Quinn embraces new chance Leaf: Former first-round pick faces challenges in summer leage In the third quarter, the matchup heated up when Sexton buried a 3 over Holiday, who seemed determined to get him back. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Aaron Holiday battles Collin Sexton as Pacers come up short in summer league vs. Cavs," 9 July 2018 Earlier coverage: Former Louisville basketball star Clifford Rozier dies A first-team All-American at Louisville and a first-round draft choice of the Golden State Warriors, Rozier was quick, intuitive and 6-foot-11. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Clifford Rozier's death is a sad reminder of what might have been," 7 July 2018 Around sixth grade, Blackhawks first-round draft choice Adam Boqvist started hating homework more than most kids his age did. David Haugh,, "'It never got in the way of his hockey:' Blackhawks pick Adam Boqvist ready for anything after dealing with dyslexia," 6 July 2018 With Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber as the only notable holdovers, the Buccaneers used a second-round draft choice on Southern California running back Ronald Jones II. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Buccaneers training camp questions: Can Jameis Winston bounce back from suspension?," 5 July 2018 Starter and former Red Sox second-round draft choice Teddy Stankiewicz threw a season-high 111 pitches in his 52/3 innings of work. Staff Report,, "Tendler's Pinch-Hit Homer In 9th Lifts Sea Dogs Past Yard Goats," 4 July 2018 Glass went in with a desire to also maximize the opportunities for center Bam Adebayo, the teams' 2017 first-round draft choice, and did just that. Ira Winderman,, "Derrick Jones Jr. sizzles as Heat lose summer-league opener," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In a lightning round of random questions at the end of Thursday night’s Republican debate at Mohegan Sun, conservative radio moderator Lee Elci posed the query. Daniela Altimari,, "Politics and the Price of Milk," 14 July 2018 White joined the Cowboys as a sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2017. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys' White faces assault charges for brandishing gun in road rage incident; attorney says he's innocent," 9 July 2018 The company grew its U.S. market share from 22 percent in January 2017 to 35 percent now, and late last month, raised $600 million in a new finance round that valued the company at $15 billion, more than double its value 14 months ago. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Lyft’s bikeshare investment might change how we get around cities," 3 July 2018 Hoffman was traded twice on Tuesday: once from Ottawa to San Jose, and then again from San Jose to Florida for a 2019 second-round pick, and a fourth- and fifth-round pick in this weekend’s draft. Matthew Defranks,, "Roberto Luongo says Mike Hoffman will 'fit right in' with Panthers after trade," 20 June 2018 McDougald joined the team in 2017 as a free agent and started the final seven games of last year in place of Chancellor, while Hill was a third-round pick last season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks safety Earl Thomas holdout FAQ," 10 June 2018 Tankersley, a third-round pick out of Clemson 14 months ago, started 11 games last season and the results were mixed. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Here's how the Dolphins plan to handle competition for their open cornerback job," 7 June 2018 With the victory, the Golden Knights joined the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues as the only expansion teams since 1960 in the N.H.L., N.B.A., M.L.B. and N.F.L. to earn a spot in a championship round during their inaugural seasons. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Vegas Golden Knights Reach Stanley Cup Finals in First Season," 20 May 2018 Keep an eye on third-round pick Michael Gallup, who could become one of Prescott's favorites given his wide catch radius and penchant for creating separation with precise route running. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018

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Wheatcroft, who led on Thursday after the best round of his career, made three bogeys on his back nine., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 Will Hurst fare well enough to cement himself as the starting right tackle or could Brown, the third-round selection, start there in his first year? The preseason will be a significant test for many of these players. Edward Lee,, "Ravens 2018 position-by-position breakdown: offensive line," 13 July 2018 Economists believe the latest round of tariff threats—which come less than a week after the U.S. and China imposed tariffs on $34 billion in each others’ goods—will drive up costs for U.S. goods at a time when inflation is already accelerating. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Investors Bet on Higher Rates as U.S. Inflation Firms," 12 July 2018 Washington acquired Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander with a sixth-round bid. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "NFL’s supplemental draft passes quietly for inactive Chiefs," 11 July 2018 This is the second round of cuts, after CMS reduced funding for navigators by 41 percent, from $62.5 million, last August, and also cut the budget for Obamacare outreach and advertising by 90 percent. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Aims to Steer People Toward Junk Health Plans Over Obamacare," 11 July 2018 Each of its shows received fresh rounds of attention from the viewing public due to the sheer novelty that Netflix shows — which, at the time, still seemed more akin to web series rather than accomplished television — were actually good. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 The reduction - the second round of cuts that began last summer - will shrink the federal money devoted to the groups, known as navigators, from $36.8 million to $10 million for the enrollment period that starts in November. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage," 11 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The Knicks drafted a point guard, Frank Ntilikina, in the first round in 2017, but Ntilikina might be better suited playing off the ball. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why All-Star Kemba Walker’s New York ties should worry Charlotte Hornets," 13 July 2018

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David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg and Jordana Hochman of ITV Entertainment round out its executive producer roster. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Queer Eye' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix," 13 July 2018 The event will round out with its signature cosplay fashion show — where attendees dressed as their favorite (G-rated) comic, anime or action hero character, can walk the runway. Emily Bloch,, "Teen comic convention returns in Davie," 13 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 The council rounded down the rate to the equivalent of $4,400, which officials said is likely to be covered by revenue taken in this coming fiscal year. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Plainville Tax Increase Effective This Month," 3 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 San Antonio, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego rounded out the top 10. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Miami loves the World Cup. Here's the proof.," 27 June 2018 Perez rounded out the court’s treatment of the issue. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Texas Republicans Got Away With a Racially Discriminatory Electoral Map," 25 June 2018 Ariana and Pete rounded out the rest of May with some pretty cute dates. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Relationship: A Timeline," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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 Deliveroo has raised $385 millionfrom investors in a funding round that values the food delivery startup at over $2 billion . Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "New pizzeria opening in Kingwood, food delivery services business Favor adds Lake Houston area to its map," 7 June 2018 Motivo is now developing its in-house manufacturing capabilities and launching a national advertising campaign for the product with the completion of a $950,000 Series A round of financing. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This isn't your grandma's walker. New Berlin's Motivo making a better walker with new financing.," 5 June 2018 The concluding round of practice brought the anticipation and raw excitement of watching him try to hit the ball deep into the upper deck or even over the roof. Dick Enberg,, "Dick Enberg Recounts His Special Encounter with Ted Williams," 15 May 2018 The conference semifinal round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin next Monday or Tuesday. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers advance in NBA playoffs, beating Heat behind Joel Embiid; wait for Celtics-Bucks winner," 24 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

NFC South Biggest weakness: Arm strength Ryan is as well-rounded a quarterback as there is, so this one was tough. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Every NFL starting quarterback's biggest weakness," 27 June 2018 Perez rounded out the court’s treatment of the issue. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Texas Republicans Got Away With a Racially Discriminatory Electoral Map," 25 June 2018 Next, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Kentucky rounded out the top six spots. Southern Living, "This Is How Much Money You'll Need to Retire Comfortably in Each Southern State," 21 June 2018 After years of being primarily a one-car threat with Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing is finally rounding out as a team. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR mid-season superlatives, like Daytona 500, are not without controversy," 7 June 2018 And yet, for Facebook, a platform of 2.2 billion people, 22 accounts isn’t even a rounding error. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 In the middle of a powerful first inning in the Royals’ 15-7 win at Camden Yards on Tuesday, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was still rounding the bases after a three-run homer as Orioles manager Buck Showalter emerged from the home dugout. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and the Royals clobber Orioles after record-tying first | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 With a market capitalization of $485 billion, even hundreds of millions of dollars is just a rounding error for Facebook. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Will the FTC come down hard on Facebook? It's only happened twice in 20 years," 17 Apr. 2018 Even though per-trade commissions are a fraction of those from voice trading, electronic trading at JPMorgan has gone from a rounding error five years ago to pulling even with its higher-service counterpart. Hugh Son,, "Wall Street’s Big Banks Are Waging an All-Out Technological Arms Race," 5 Apr. 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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