Definition of round to

: to come about with head to the wind in either direction usually preparatory to heaving to or coming to anchor

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First Known Use of round to

1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Round to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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