round out


Definition of round out

transitive verb

: to bring to completion or fullness : finish out round out my quartet of Americana with an autobiography— E. A. Weeks the republic had rounded out a century of independence— Sidney Warren

intransitive verb

: to grow round or plump

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First Known Use of round out

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Round out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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