\ 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)

: 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 How to pronounce roundness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for round

Synonyms: Adjective

global, globular, spherical

Synonyms: Adverb

around, over, through, throughout

Synonyms: Noun

band, circle, eye, hoop, loop, ring

Synonyms: Preposition

about, across, around, over, through, throughout

Antonyms: Adjective


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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

The Patriots are giving up only a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020, per ESPN. Ben Volin,, "Patriots acquire tight end Michael Roberts from Detroit," 13 June 2019 Yamamoto, 23, was a 12th-round pick in 2014 out of a Hawaii high school. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One of the prospects in the Christian Yelich trade had a dazzling debut for the Marlins, shutting out the Cardinals," 13 June 2019 The Nets recently used this strategy, although teams are holding on to first-round picks more and more. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls Q&A: Is a Lonzo Ball trade happening? How about signing D'Angelo Russell or Derrick Rose in free agency?," 13 June 2019 Right-hander Christian Bergman, who made 55 appearances (15 starts) with Colorado from 2014-16, was a 24th-round pick. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Should GM Jeff Bridich consider trading homegrown talent for a starting pitcher?," 11 June 2019 The Seahawks acquired Hollister after a trade with the New England Patriots in April, sending a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft to the Patriots in exchange for Hollister., "Seattle Seahawks impressed with former Oregon prep star Jacob Hollister," 11 June 2019 Among other signings, the Angels agreed to terms with 13th-round pick Edwin Sanchez. Maria Torres,, "Cal commit and second-round draft pick Kyren Paris signs with Angels," 11 June 2019 Marlins seventh-round pick Bryan Hoeing (Louisville) and 18th rounder Dustin Skelton (Mississippi State) are both still competing as well. Wells Dusenbury,, "When will JJ Bleday sign with the Marlins? It depends on how Vanderbilt finishes off the season," 9 June 2019 On the second day of mandatory minicamp for the Browns, who took their practice Wednesday inside because of the rain, this year's second-round pick showed why Cleveland took him with its highest selection. Matt Goul,, "What Greedy Williams did Wednesday at Cleveland Browns minicamp," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Adam Walker, Milwaukee Lutheran: The outfielder was a third-round pick in 2012 by the Twins while in school at Jacksonville. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With the MLB draft beginning Monday, here are the Milwaukee-area high school players selected in last 10 years," 4 June 2018 Hudson, the sixth-round pick in 2012, was hitting .235 at Triple-A Louisville. John Fay,, "Jared Hughes is piling up innings for the Cincinnati Reds —​​​​​​​ and he's happy about it," 30 June 2018 Repo was a sixth-round pick last year by the Panthers, but has spent the last four seasons playing professionally in Finland’s Liiga. Matthew Defranks,, "Finnish 'man-child' center Sebastian Repo to transition to North America this season," 30 June 2018 The young safeties who have impressed include Rudy Ford, a sixth-round pick last year, and rookie free agents Zeke Turner from Washington and A.J. Howard from Appalachian State. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald more visible at workouts, for two reasons," 13 June 2018 The Voice's new Cross Battles round has garnered some passionate reactions. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Contestants Might Be in Trouble Next Week—Here's Why," 17 Apr. 2019 Image: HQ HQ Words, the new Wheel of Fortune-style game from HQ, launched out of beta last night with a debut round hosted by the company’s CEO Rus Yusupov, reports TechCrunch. Jon Porter, The Verge, "HQ Trivia becomes HQ Trivia & Words as second game exits beta," 24 Dec. 2018 With that, Courtney was sent straight to the live performance round. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things to Know Before Voting for Courtney Hadwin on 'America's Got Talent' Finale," 18 Sep. 2018 Whichever group gets the most points moves on to the Fast Money round, in which two family members try to score enough points to win the grand cash prize. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "From Richard Dawson to Steve Harvey: The long history of 'Family Feud' and why viewers keep tuning in," 19 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When to Ride Excellence Class tickets are available year-round, though the Glacier Express is on hiatus for about two months every fall for maintenance work. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Switzerland's Most Beautiful Train Line, the Glacier Express, Has a New Luxury Car," 29 May 2019 As defending champion Brooks Koepka opened a seven-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round, the rest of the field turned its attention to the race for second place. Jimmy Golen, The Seattle Times, "With Koepka out front at PGA, 2nd place plenty to play for," 19 May 2019 Now, the powerhouse duo has partnered up for a second round, this time on a limited-edition makeup collection inspired by all your back-to-school staples. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "This Sephora x Moschino School Supply-Themed Makeup Collection Elicits All the Back-to-School Feels," 16 Apr. 2019 The car owner was visibly upset when Dixon’s rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist crashed during the second round of qualifying. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Rossi trying to make it 2-straight at Long Beach from pole," 13 Apr. 2019 With the victory, Tiafoe also secured his place in the third round of competition. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About the 2019 Australian Open, Including How to Watch," 16 Jan. 2019 This includes anyone eliminated during the first round of competition that the panel thinks deserves a second shot. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' Voting Works in Case You're Confused," 15 Jan. 2019 The colossal company is the main player in a new $700 million round of investments in Rivian, the startup pledging to put a fully electric, futuristic-looking pickup truck on the road by 2020. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Invests In Electric Pickup Truck Startup Rivian," 15 Feb. 2019 Bytedance, the owner of the wildly popular short-form video app, is now valued at more than $75 billion following a new round of investment. Sam Byford, The Verge, "How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup," 30 Nov. 2018

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In six years Live, meanwhile, has gone from having just slot machines and a 2 a.m. closing time to round-the-clock operations with slots and table games. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Maryland’s largest casino’s latest play to win the top spot: More nongambling amenities," 16 June 2018 Sigma also sells a fatter, round brush that is intended for gel masks, and a small, eye-shadow-like brush for eye creams. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Should You Apply Your Moisturizer With a Brush?," 6 June 2018 Singapore Airlines took the top spot in that ranking, followed by Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, and Virgin Australia to round out the top five. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "These Are the Top 10 Airlines in the World," 20 Mar. 2019 Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five. Jay Cohen,, "Kyle Larson comes from rear of field to win Xfinity race at Chicagoland Speedway," 30 June 2018 Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota and Iowa rounded out the top five. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "For first time since 2012, Georgia isn’t one of the 10 worst states for children," 28 June 2018 Wales is next, falling from 220 days to just 58 (162-day difference), with Summit, Bayside and Thiensville rounding out the top five. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top rebounders: which suburbs have bounced back biggest from the housing slump?," 20 June 2018 Liberal law professors Nicholas Bagley of the University of Michigan and Abbe Gluck of Yale University round out the five. Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Some of Obamacare's loudest critics are now defending the law in court," 15 June 2018 Ed Carpenter, who clocked the fastest qualifying time to win the pole position for the second time in his career, finished the Indy 500 in second and Scott Dixon came in third. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five. Jenna West,, "Will Power Wins 2018 Indianapolis 500; Danica Patrick Finishes 30th After Crash," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Or on more low-key days, a put-together space can encourage the family to gather 'round the table instead of chomping from the living room couch. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "12 Items That'll Make You Want to Eat in Your Dining Room Again," 21 May 2019 Burn off that indulgence with a few hours strolling round the brand new South Carolina Historical Society museum, which also opens this month. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in September," 25 July 2018 Having already notched two very impressive European campaign in the last two years (overcoming Atletico Madrid and Juventus in respective finals), the opportunity to make history is only round the corner., "Cristiano Ronaldo Claims it's Good That Real Madrid Stars Don't 'Realise Magnitude' of UCL Final," 24 May 2018 Not to be outdone by Michelle Obama's Balenciaga thigh-high boots heard round the world yesterday, Obama's appearance on the track made its way around the Internet this morning to much delight. Vogue, "Barack Obama Guest Stars on the Last "Hamildrop" Hamilton Mixtape," 21 Dec. 2018 James wouldn’t make his final decision then, as Paul would go on to meet with officials from the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday before that tweet heard ‘round the world. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Showtime: LeBron James' business, basketball worlds collide in Los Angeles," 2 July 2018 Though a conflict with America would be bad, China could eventually work round it. The Economist, "A threatened trade war between China and America may be on hold," 24 May 2018 The immediacy, ease of use and remote capabilities of the tools enabled the team to raise most of their Series A round within the span of just a few weeks, from their home base in Austin, TX. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "TheWaveVR Raises $6 Million Series A Round to Bring Social, Interactive VR Music Experiences to the Masses," 23 Apr. 2018 That is why Uber’s deal with Lime — the ride-hail giant is investing in Lime in a new $335 million round that values the electric scooter company at $1.1 billion — is so important. Sunil Paul, Recode, "The Scooter Wars will be a bloodbath — and Uber will win," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And rather than creating an arching fountain of stems, leaves, and flowers, Miss Kim presents a dense, rounded mass of greenery and flowers. Washington Post, "A lesson from Miss Kim: Give other lilac species a try," 5 June 2019 There are hugs all round from the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind and Memphis Depay, before the latter begins to lead a chant about the pair's stunning Champions League glory., "Netherlands Squad Celebrate Virgil van Dijk & Georginio Wijnaldum's Champions League Glory," 4 June 2019 The tiny skiiers shooting past in the distance, the hints of emerald green already peeking through the early spring snow, the shock of rounding a corner and coming up yet another astounding vista of the jagged Alps! Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Switzerland's Most Beautiful Train Line, the Glacier Express, Has a New Luxury Car," 29 May 2019 Place madeleine pan on preheated baking sheet and bake until golden and rounded tops spring back when touched, 11 to 13 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "White Chocolate and Lavender Madeleines," 30 Apr. 2019 That sparked a shouting match heard 'round the internet. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meet Ash Sarkar, the Communist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot"," 15 July 2018 The grille has the same classic rounded shape with a central bar through it, but the design of the mesh pattern is new. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Jaguar F-Type Is Getting a Major Facelift with Some Radical Changes," 20 May 2019 Magnolia, Dewy Freesia, and Mimosa scents are rounded out by Whipped Caramel and creamy Musks. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Releasing New KKW Fragrance Hearts for Valentine’s Day & You'll Want Them All," 27 Jan. 2019 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

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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)

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



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 How to pronounce round (audio) \

Medical Definition of round

: to go on rounds

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