round

1 of 6

adjective

1
a(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
3
a
: 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 priceT. B. Costain
4
: direct in utterance : outspoken
a round denunciation
5
: moving in or forming a circle
6
a
: brought to completion or perfection : finished
b
: presented with lifelike fullness or vividness
7
: delivered with a swing of the arm
a round blow
8
a
: 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
roundness noun

round

2 of 6

adverb

: around

round

3 of 6

noun

1
a
: something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round
b(1)
: a knot of people
(2)
: a circle of things
2
3
: a musical canon in which each part begins on the same note and is continuously repeated
4
a
: a rung of a ladder or a chair
b
: a rounded molding
5
a
: a circling or circuitous path or course
b
: motion in a circle or a curving path
6
a
: 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
10
a
: 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
11
a
: 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)
13
a
: 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

round

4 of 6

verb (1)

rounded; rounding; rounds

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
b
: to pass part of the way around
3
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

1
a
: to become round, plump, or shapely
b
: to reach fullness or completion
2
: to follow a winding course : bend

round

5 of 6

preposition

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

round

6 of 6

verb (2)

rounded; rounding; rounds

transitive verb

1
archaic : whisper
2
archaic : to speak to in a whisper
Phrases
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 on
: to turn against : assail

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
This casual pull-on style has a round neck, long sleeves, and a knee-length pleated swing skirt that would look great with a belt and heels or a shawl and boots. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Cabbage is available in several varieties—such as Napa, savoy, and red—with the round green type being the most common in American markets. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic’s Tigres del Licey won the Caribbean Series last year and has won the tournament 12 times overall but barely snuck into the semifinal field after going 3-3 during round robin play. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 But instead of being baked into a rectangle or round, this parallel to the Italian flatbread rocks a leaf-like shape and a crackly-crispy crust that’s begging to be dunked in soups, stews, and dips. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 5 Feb. 2024 There are four brush heads that are designed to clean different areas, like a round brush for concave tubs and sinks, a pointed brush for grout lines, and a small and large flat brush for floors and walls. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 The thick round wood handle was easy to grip and comfortable. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 Cut out doughnuts using a 2-inch doughnut or biscuit cutter for small doughnuts or a 4-inch cutter for large doughnuts; alternatively use a shot glass or a 1-inch round cutter to make the hole. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 But unlike a round Bosu ball, users can lay their entire body on the board’s surface, allowing for more types of high- or low-impact exercises. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024
Adverb
New York City is full of dog-friendly venues open year round, even when a run through the park is less than seasonable. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 This plan charges the largest premiums during peak hours year round, but offers the biggest savings overnight. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 The 36-plus drivers in each race will still be split into two groups, with the fastest five advancing to the pole round and setting the top 10 starting positions. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 He is now listed as the third-string quarterback for the Cowboys, whose season ended last week with a loss in the NFL Wild Card round to the Green Bay Packers. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 And, of course, money makes Manhattan not only go round but spin like a happy, crazy top. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Jan. 2024 The good news is that lawn aerators, which are used by the experts, are actually widely available and can be a powerful tool in helping to keep your lawn looking great year round. Jack Byram, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Jan. 2024 His practice round Tuesday consisted of playing the back nine on the North Course. Bernie Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 In the case of Google and Amazon, the deals were structured as convertible notes, a type of debt that will convert to equity at the startup’s next funding round. Leah Nylen, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024
Noun
The round was co-led by Revolution Ventures and Maverick Ventures with participation from Google Ventures. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Ashwath Kaushik, the young player from Singapore, defeated Poland’s Jacek Stopa, 37, in the fourth round of the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open on Sunday, breaking a Chess record that was just set last month by another 8-year-old player from Serbia, Leonid Ivanovic. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 That ended with Miami getting swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in the wild-card round. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing season that ended with a 48-32 upset loss to the Green Bay Packers at home in the NFL Wild Card round which Jones called one of the most disappointing defeats of his tenure. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb. 2024 The Commanders, Chicago Bears (No. 1 and No. 9), New England Patriots (No. 3), Atlanta Falcons (No. 8), Minnesota Vikings (No. 11), Denver Broncos (No. 12) and Las Vegas Raiders (No. 13) are among the teams that could target a signal-caller in the first round. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2024 Devin Hamilton Montgomery Boys basketball Scoring 11 key points to go with six rebounds and five steals, the Aztecs junior led his team to its 14th straight victory, 49-41, over Mission Hills in the first round of the Open Division playoffs. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2024 The Nets went 43-32 before getting swept in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 19 Feb. 2024 The game capped a stellar opening round of the tournament for Venezuela, which went 5-1 over the six-game round-robin portion of the event. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
Jonathan Banks, James D’Arcy and Will Catlett round out the cast. Anne Easton, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Mötley Crüe, Slipknot and Korn round out the top of the bill. Spin Staff, SPIN, 21 Feb. 2024 Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, The Last of Us, The Bear and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit round out the TV categories. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Lululemon Free to Be Serene Bra, $39 (Save 25%) Aside from comfortable leggings and jackets, Lululemon also has a handful of sports bras on sale to help round out your gym attire. Averi Baudler, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The conflict has killed up to round 377,000 people, according to a 2021 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), more than half of whom died from indirect causes associated with the conflict, such as lack of food, water and healthcare. Christian Edwards, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Paul Thomas Anderson has rounded out the cast of his latest feature. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2024 Leather jackets and tan fur coats round out the collection. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 2 Feb. 2024 Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion round out the top five. Noel Harris, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024
Preposition
The design was understated, but distinctive with—for now, at least—a gently concave channel running round the outside. David Phelan, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Rain is likely to hit the area round 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 22 Jan. 2024 Taylor Swift may not quite be wearing Travis Kelce's initial on a chain 'round her neck, but she's been wearing the next best thing: his team's logo. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 On the silver chain round her neck hangs a gift from her husband: a pendant in the shape of the scales of justice. Ava Benny-Morrison, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Thankfully, getting your hands on K-beauty products nowadays does not require a trip ‘round the world. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023 Expansion Beyond the October Event Many markets begin with an annual hometown event but then expand to select the events round the year. John Hopewell, Variety, 2 Oct. 2023 The landmark contract also included private jets, a gym trailer, round the clock limousines and bodyguards. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 7 Sep. 2023 Diesel is Europe’s economic workhorse, powering the majority of vans and trucks ferrying goods and raw materials round the continent. Anna Cooban, CNN, 22 Sep. 2023
Verb
Illinois, Colorado and Missouri round out the top five. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2023 Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett round out the ranking’s top five. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2023 Justice Smith and Sophia Lillis round out the adventurers with Hugh Grant taking a villainous turn and without a red carpet in sight. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2023 Minnesota, Vermont, Washington and New Hampshire round out the top five, which points to states with scenic outdoor areas and active populations living longer lives. L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 1 Apr. 2023 Other cider-centric events will round out the 10 days, including bingo night, a cupcake-and-cider pairing, and a single varietal cider night, then culminating with the Hillsboro Hops’ pre-opening game party on April 10. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2023 Nashville studio musicians Ethan Pilzer and Rich Redmond will round out the lineup on bass and drums. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 30 Mar. 2023 On the hunt for simple and beautiful Easter egg designs to round out your Easter decorations on April 9? Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 28 Mar. 2023 Elevated leather slides, perfect for an outdoor beach dinner are now 58 percent off, and athletic Under Armour sandals ready for the pool will round your vacation footwear perfectly. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near round

Cite this Entry

“Round.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/round. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

round

1 of 5 adjective
1
a
: having every part of the surface or circumference the same distance from the center
b
: shaped like a cylinder
a round peg
c
: nearly round
a round face
2
3
a
: complete entry 1 sense 1
a round dozen
b
: nearly correct or exact to a certain decimal place
use the round number 1400 for the exact figure 1411
c
: large
a good round sum
4
: moving in or forming a circle
5
: having lifelike fullness
a round character in a story
6
: having fullness of tone
7
: having curves rather than angles
roundish
ˈrau̇n-dish
adjective
roundness noun

round

2 of 5 adverb

round

3 of 5 noun
1
: something (as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round
2
: a song in which three or four singers sing the same melody and words one after another at intervals
3
4
: an indirect or circling path
5
a
: a regularly covered route
a watchman's rounds
b
: a series of calls or stops regularly made
a doctor on her rounds in the hospital
6
: a drink apiece served at one time to each person in a group
7
: a series or cycle of repeated actions or events
opened a new round of disarmament talks
8
a
: one shot fired by a soldier or weapon
b
: ammunition for one shot
9
: a unit of play in a contest or game
a round of golf
10
: a cut of beef especially between the rump and the lower leg

round

4 of 5 verb
1
a
: to make or become round
b
: to pronounce a sound with rounding of the lips
2
: to go or pass around
rounded the curve
3
: to bring to completion
often used with off or out
4
: to express as a round number
especially : to drop any digits to the right of a given decimal place and increase the last remaining digit by 1 if the first dropped digit is 5 or greater
4.57268 rounded off to three decimal places is 4.573
5
: to follow a winding course

round

5 of 5 preposition
(ˈ)rau̇nd

Medical Definition

round

intransitive verb
: to go on rounds

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