round·​up | \ ˈrau̇nd-ˌəp How to pronounce roundup (audio) \

Definition of roundup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the act or process of collecting animals (such as cattle) by riding around them and driving them in
(2) : the cowboys and ranch personnel engaged in a cattle roundup
b : a gathering in of scattered persons or things a roundup of all suspects
2 : a summary of information a roundup of the news

round up

rounded up; rounding up; rounds up

Definition of round up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to collect (animals, such as cattle) by means of a roundup
2 : to gather in or bring together from various quarters

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Examples of roundup in a Sentence

Noun The police ordered a roundup of all the suspects. Here's a roundup of today's news. Verb rounded everyone up for one final training session
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our favorite, the Ultra 10-in-1, won our roundup of the best multicookers for its sleek interface, convenient controls, and wide range of functions. David Kender, USA TODAY, "Introducing the Reviewed 100: The best products we tested in 2019," 4 Nov. 2019 Jess Grey included Moment’s lenses in our recent roundup of the best smartphone camera gear. Wired, "17 Cool Deals on REI Winter Gear, Home Tech, and More," 26 Oct. 2019 Here’s a look at our roundup of the top-selling, or 10 best Ducks fan gear items from Fanatics, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon and Lids. 1. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "10 items to help Oregon Ducks fans update their tailgate experience and gameday outfit," 9 Oct. 2019 Hello, and welcome to a spankin' new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news roundup. Wired, "Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård Are Joining The Stand," 12 Sep. 2019 With Vogue’s roundup of the best metallic pieces to buy now, shimmering into spring just got that much easier. Vogue, "15 Ways to Rock Metallic Glitz for Day," 15 May 2019 Preservation may be a good idea, especially since the versatile pattern can be used in so many eye-catching ways — as seen in the roundup of five ikat items here, ranging from tea towels to bowls, serving trays, and more. 2. Mairi Beautyman, House Beautiful, "5 Stylish Ways to Slip Ikat Into the Kitchen," 28 Jan. 2014 The roundup involved about 100 officers from the FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals, state police, state Department of Correction, Hartford and area towns. Christine Dempsey,, "Twenty-one arrests during Hartford area roundup," 13 Sep. 2019 This week in our roundup of political news: Previewing the first presidential debate, comparing the candidates’ answers on breaking up big tech, and examining the latest 2020 housing plan. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "California 2020 Countdown: How presidential candidates could make a splash on crowded debate stage," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of roundup


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of roundup was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of roundup

: the act or process of gathering together animals (such as cattle) by circling around them in vehicles or on horses
: the act or process of finding and gathering together people or things of the same kind
: a brief statement of the most important information


round·​up | \ ˈrau̇nd-ˌəp How to pronounce roundup (audio) \

Kids Definition of roundup

1 : the act of gathering together animals on the range by circling them in vehicles or on horseback and driving them in
2 : the act of gathering together scattered persons or things
3 : summary entry 2 Here's a roundup of the day's news.

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