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


The police ordered a roundup of all the suspects. Here's a roundup of today's news.


rounded everyone up for one final training session
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Welcome to Fav’d For Later, a Friday roundup of our favorite memes, trends, and all-around good internet content. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 30 Nov. 2018 Here, a roundup of five interesting facts about the race, its participants, and exactly what makes it so legendary. 1. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About the 106-Mile Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Race," 4 Sep. 2018 But in comparison to the previous roundup, Ward has slid a little bit in the first round. Tim Bielik,, "How many Ohio State players will be selected in the 2018 NFL Draft? Mock draft roundup 5.0," 24 Apr. 2018 Catch up on what the Phillies minor-league affiliates did last night thanks to Ed Barkowitz’s roundup. Matt Breen,, "Scott Kingery joins Chase Utley with grand slam | Extra Innings," 11 Apr. 2018 In early January, Saccone led polling by 12-points, according to a RealClear Politics roundup. Time, "Pennsylvania's Closely Watched 18th Congressional District Special Election Is Tuesday. Here's What You Need to Know," 12 Mar. 2018 Listen to the roundup Fridays at 7:44 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. on 89.9 FM. Tristan Baurick,, "Roseau cane, oil spill research and Mardi Gras glitter: This week's coastal news roundup," 9 Feb. 2018 The latest roundup began Thursday, according to activists and two Saudi officials, a day after several women’s activists returned to court to face charges related to their human-rights work. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Detains More Activists Despite International Criticism," 5 Apr. 2019 This week, Farhad Manjoo, also a technology columnist, makes a return to the roundup as well. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kevin and Farhad’s Week in Tech: Did the ‘Techlash’ Matter?," 8 June 2018

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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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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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