\ 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

And the trip was supposed to be two weeks, which would be a reasonable amount of time to travel about 1,600 miles round trip by sea and land. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 Scott lives outside Kansas City, Missouri, and drives 98 miles round trip to work each day. Jeff Stein, The Seattle Times, "Citing hardship, hundreds of furloughed IRS workers skip returning to work," 23 Jan. 2019 Some of those departures were practically foregone conclusion with Jonah Williams and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams regarded as likely high first-round picks. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019 If an inch is the difference between Murray being a first-round pick or not, that difference is worth millions of dollars—the kind of money that could sway a career choice. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The Inch That Could Decide Kyler Murray’s Future," 21 Dec. 2018 He and his agency also represent Bobby Portis and first-round pick Chandler Hutchison. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls working to sign restricted free agent Jabari Parker to offer sheet," 14 July 2018 In accordance with the 2011 collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players’ union, first-round picks are bound by a salary scale. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs officially sign Gay, Bertans, Walker," 11 July 2018 Ruled academically ineligible, Alexander does have a marijuana arrest on his record, yet he is seen as a likely third-round pick in the supplemental draft. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals could be players in NFL supplementary draft because of available defensive backs," 10 July 2018 When Holiday would pass to Leaf on his pop to the arc, last year's first-round pick doesn’t look sure of himself shooting. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "If former first-round pick T.J. Leaf is going to crack Pacers lineup, he's got to pick it up," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 The local squad then dropped a 13-5 outcome against West Boynton Beach before fighting back through the elimination bracket and reaching the championship round. Gary Curreri,, "Delray National 9-11 All-Stars finish diamond play as district runners-up," 7 July 2018 Fenty Beauty wants to keep us glowing all year round, and as a result continues snatch our wallets. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Is Launching 8 New Bronzers Next Week," 29 Mar. 2019 Though the bright yellow blooms scream summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round. In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and Terrain’s gardeners decorate with flora indoors and out, all year round. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, "The Best Interior-Design Books to Give as Holiday Presents," 5 Dec. 2018

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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 Rebel Wilson is facing a new round of backlash on Twitter for allegedly blocking people, many of whom are plus-size women of color, who spoke out against her false claim about being the first ever plus-sized lead in a rom-com. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rebel Wilson Is Now Apparently Blocking People for Calling Her Out About Erasure," 5 Nov. 2018 Cook went on to issue a new round of unusually direct denials. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story," 19 Oct. 2018 Use ¼ cup buttercream frosting to sandwich together the two rounds. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 The larger the window or other aperture to increase visibility, the greater the possibility it could be penetrated by incoming tank projectiles, small caliber rounds, or artillery shrapnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "All-Seeing HD Cameras Could Solve Tanks' Biggest Weakness," 17 Apr. 2019 Their playoff push last year, securing a first-round bye after the worst start in franchise history, is the biggest separator from a Toronto club that couldn’t answer the MLS bell after nearly winning the CONCACAF Champions League final over Chivas. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "A rivalry of champions once again has Sounders and Toronto FC on a collision course," 12 Apr. 2019 Slice the tomatoes into thick rounds, between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Tomato and Onion Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing," 10 Apr. 2019

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Colorado, due to expensive areas around Boulder, rounds out the top five. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The number of ‘million-dollar neighborhoods’ in the U.S. has doubled," 9 Nov. 2018 Singer Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons, Brandon Victor Dixon, Brennin Hunt, Mario, and Keala Settle round out the cast. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Fox's Live Rendition of Rent, Starring Vanessa Hudgens," 31 Oct. 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 As for the stuff that goes underneath the coats, sumptuous sweatshirts and flowy wide-leg pants rounded out the collection. The Cut, "Max Mara Brought Their Resort Show Back Home," 5 June 2018 Newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne round out the cast. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here's a Complete List of All the Upcoming Marvel Movies," 17 Apr. 2018 Some hidden corner of the operating system might get a new feature, a sharp edge or two will be rounded out, and maybe another feature from iOS will appear on the desktop. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "macOS Mojave review: dark mode and a preview of the Mac’s future," 24 Sep. 2018 The decision in Abbott v. Perez rounds out a string of defeats at the high court this term for voting-rights advocates. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Texas Republicans Got Away With a Racially Discriminatory Electoral Map," 25 June 2018 As Baker rounded third, a rookie who had recently entered the game, Glenn Burke, approached the plate from the on-deck circle and, seized by joy, raised his hand high above his head. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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 The plot is so over-the-top as to generate outrageously campy scenes between Cooper and Gaga, even in the trailer, and one in particular became the meme heard round the world. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Star Is Born," 2 Oct. 2018

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As Mateus Uribe covered his face in shame and disappointment, and wept, Southgate put his arms round him in consolation. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Win or lose in the World Cup, England has a national hero in Coach Gareth Southgate," 11 July 2018 Ronaldo recently completed his ninth season with Real Madrid, rounding it off with a fourth UEFA Champions League title with Los Blancos., "Juventus Club President Travels to Cristiano Ronaldo's Hotel in Greece Ahead of Proposed Transfer," 10 July 2018 The same sort of thing occurred during Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles: a bunch of kids helped round out the wedding party. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Ask a Royal Expert: Can You Bring Your Baby to a Royal Wedding?," 25 Apr. 2018 Ruffini is rounding out the lineup by applying his trademark quilted down to everything from puffy backpacks to scarves and adding items such as alpaca sweaters, mink house slippers, and logo caps and T-shirts. Robert Williams,, "Moncler Transformed Ski Parkas With $1,000 Price Tags. What’s Next?," 17 Apr. 2018 Don’t round your shoulders forward on the step-up or the lunges, says Stokes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Lower Body With This One Bodyweight Exercise," 21 Apr. 2019 The firm just led a $14 million Series A round into the Well, a venture that integrates an upscale health club with an online marketplace and other wellness lines of business. Heather Mack, WSJ, "NEA Makes a Land Grab in Booming Wellness Marketplace," 19 Apr. 2019 Injury of the Week Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila landed on the Injured List after straining his left quadriceps — while rounding the bases during his home-run trot. Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline Chatter: Pac-12 hoops fans might bring pitchforks and torches to Clippers games," 12 Apr. 2019 Jean Simmons, who played Sergeant Sarah Brown, a sister at the Save a Soul Mission, rounded out the lead foursome. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Guys and Dolls Is Set to Return to the Big Screen," 27 Mar. 2019

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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



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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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