\ 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

In Knightsbridge his life revolved round amusing dinner parties, theatre reviewing and quiet acts of charity. The Economist, "Obituary: Claus von Bülow died on May 25th," 15 June 2019 Police fired round after round of tear gas, much of it without warning, and deployed pepper spray and rubber bullets at protesters who would not move. James Griffiths, CNN, "How did one of the safest cities in the world descend into violence?," 13 June 2019 City only edged Liverpool by a point in last season's thrilling duel but would appear to have the easier run-in this time round should the title go down to the wire once more., "Man United to face Chelsea, Man City to visit West Ham in EPL openers," 13 June 2019 Money makes the world go round Another challenge for female candidates is fundraising. Jackie Borchardt,, "100 years later, Ohio's track record of electing female leaders remains abysmal," 12 June 2019 The eight teams will be broken into two four-team double-elimination brackets with the winner making the championship round. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball to play Vanderbilt in first round of College World Series," 10 June 2019 For a time, two California sea lions lived above the dam year round, and the Corps keeps the locks closed. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Baker, the Dolphins’ third-round pick last year, is a promising player already in tow who could transform into a focal point of Flores’ new multiple-scheme defense this coming season. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins Q&A: Jerome Baker hopes teammates follow his lead during second season," 9 June 2019 As for Fountain, the former fifth-round pick out of Northern Iowa, the development is noticeable. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Alie-Cox blooming at tight end, while WR battle heats up," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gucci and Bottega Veneta are among the houses choosing that path, and skipping the June round of shows. Washington Post, "Armani unveils Italian Olympic team uniforms during MFW," 15 June 2019 The 469th round tripper of his career, Cabrera passed Chipper Jones for the 34th most home runs in Major League Baseball history. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit Tiger 'can't even imagine' hitting as many HRs as Miggy," 15 June 2019 The Tigers are in the College World Series for the first time since that year, and will face Mississippi State in an opening round game on Sunday night in Omaha, Nebraska. Creg Stephenson |,, "Auburn’s College World Series run brings up fond memories of 1997 Omaha trip," 15 June 2019 Officers are sometimes slower to conduct rounds, to see fights develop in a housing area for dozens of gang members or to notice other signs of trouble. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why.," 15 June 2019 The Cubs agreed to terms with four draft-pick pitchers: Chris Clarke of USC (fourth round), Josh Burgmann of Washington (fifth), Brad Deppermann of North Florida (seventh) and Davidjohn Herz of Sanford High School in North Carolina (eighth). Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs infielder Addison Russell is not worried about his power outage: 'There's really no panic'," 15 June 2019 The judges then tally up the points for the speed and compulsory sections, combine them, and the five teams with the highest score move on to the next and final round. Tyra Mcclung,, "A double-dutch championship has returned to Connecticut and there are high hopes for the future of the sport here," 15 June 2019 The SkyGlider, offering birds-eye views of the park, is $5 for one-way tickets and $8 for round-trips. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair on any budget," 14 June 2019 The Astros have only two remaining unsigned picks from the top-10 rounds. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros sign second-round pick Grae Kessinger, fourth-rounder Colin Barber," 14 June 2019

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Following Boston Latin School, the top five list in the Boston area was rounded out by the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, Lexington High School, Boston Latin Academy, and Hopkinton High School. Jaclyn Reiss,, "These are the best high schools in the Boston area, according to US News & World Report," 12 June 2019 The cast was rounded out by actors like Scott Grimes, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Rick Gomez, Neal McDonough and Michael Fassbender. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Band of Brothers' was a casting feat for the ages," 6 June 2019 Koepka, fresh off winning the PGA Championship, will tee off at 1:47 p.m. in a group rounded out by Italian Francesco Molinari and Norwegian amateur Viktor Hovland. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "U.S. Open at Pebble Beach tee times revealed: Tiger, Koepka start midday," 6 June 2019 This is rounded out by a new Apple Pencil interface: a new action bar that can be dragged, moved, and hidden anywhere on an iPad display when the Pencil is recognized. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated]," 3 June 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 edges are rounded, and the front glass curves down to meet the edge. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel Slate review: slapdash," 27 Nov. 2018 The cast is rounded out by a sinister doctor (John Pribyl) looking out for No. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 The show’s supporting cast is rounded out by Jordan Dell Harris, who will play Dan, and Jessica Vann as Laila. Kt Hawbaker,, "Nelson A. Rodriguez and Niko Kourtis to star in Chicago premiere of 'Homos, or Everyone in America'," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

As Gavrilo, the ordinary guy whose shot was heard round the world, Stephen Stocking brings a whole litany of poignant touches to his role. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Lots of reasons to experience ‘Archduke’," 13 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Madonna is back with a true head-scratcher in Madame X, her 14th album, rounding out her fourth decade as a pop star. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Madonna's Cringe-Worthy 'Madame X'," 14 June 2019 Microsoft Azure has the second-largest share of the market — around 15% — with IBM Cloud and Google Cloud rounding out the four leading companies. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Why rivals Microsoft and Oracle are teaming up to take on Amazon," 13 June 2019 Other Jarmusch favorites - Tom Waits, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Danny Glover and Rosie Perez - join Jarmusch newcomers Selena Gomez, Luka Sabbat, Caleb Landry Jones and Austin Butler in rounding out the cast. Author: Sonia Rao, Anchorage Daily News, "Snail mail, zombie tai chi and a Bill Murray joy ride: Making ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ was as surreal as it sounds," 13 June 2019 Other Jarmusch favorites — Tom Waits, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Danny Glover and Rosie Perez — join Jarmusch newcomers Selena Gomez, Luka Sabbat, Caleb Landry Jones and Austin Butler in rounding out the cast. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Snail mail, zombie tai chi and a Bill Murray joy ride: Making ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ was as surreal as it sounds," 13 June 2019 The Piranhas swim school has openings for the younger swimmers with six coaches, two instructors and two assistants rounding out a strong coaching staff. Emmett Hall,, "Jesse Vassallo Invitational attracts swimming enthusiasts," 12 June 2019 Buttigieg is polling fourth with 7%, and Harris rounds out the top five at 6%. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Sanders' speech sparks debate on democratic socialism," 12 June 2019 Two more for the road: stealth cowboys, angry aliens And rounding out the event's reveals were Desperados III, a brand-new sequel, and Destroy All Humans!, a top-to-bottom remaster of the PS2 original. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 2019 Chvrches kicks off weekend two Sept. 21, with Walk the Moon, MisterWives, Atlas Genius and The Score rounding out day one. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BottleRock Presents Plots Two Weekends of Music for 2019 Sonoma Harvest Music Fest," 10 June 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



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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