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round

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adjective \rau̇nd\

Definition of round

  1. 1a (1) :  having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center (2) :  cylindrical a round pegb :  approximately round a round face

  2. 2 :  well filled out :  plump, shapely

  3. 3a :  complete, full a round dozen a round tonb :  approximately correct; especially :  exact only to a specific decimal or place use the round number 1400 for the exact figure 1411c :  substantial in amount :  ample a good round price — T. B. Costain

  4. 4 :  direct in utterance :  outspoken a round denunciation

  5. 5 :  moving in or forming a circle

  6. 6a :  brought to completion or perfection :  finishedb :  presented with lifelike fullness or vividness

  7. 7 :  delivered with a swing of the arm a round blow

  8. 8a :  having full or unimpeded resonance or tone :  sonorousb :  pronounced with rounded lips :  labialized

  9. 9 :  of or relating to handwriting predominantly curved rather than angular

roundness

play \ˈrau̇n(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of round in a sentence

  1. The baby has a round face.

  2. the owl's big, round eyes

  3. a shirt with a round collar

Origin and Etymology of round

Middle English, from Anglo-French rund, reund, from Latin rotundus — more at rotund


First Known Use: 14th century


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round

adverb

Definition of round

  1. :  around

Examples of round in a sentence

  1. people working there all year round

  2. gather round and listen to my story

14th Century

First Known Use of round

14th century


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round

noun

Definition of round

  1. 1a :  something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is roundb (1) :  a knot of people (2) :  a circle of things

  2. 2 :  round dance 1

  3. 3 :  a musical canon in which each part begins on the same note and is continuously repeated

  4. 4a :  a rung of a ladder or a chairb :  a rounded molding

  5. 5a :  a circling or circuitous path or courseb :  motion in a circle or a curving path

  6. 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 friends — Current Biog.; especially :  a series of regularly scheduled professional calls on hospital patients made by a doctor or nurse —usually used in plural

  7. 7 :  a drink of liquor apiece served at one time to each person in a group I'll buy the next round

  8. 8 :  a sequence of recurring routine or repetitive actions or events went about my round of chores the newest round of talks

  9. 9 :  a period of time that recurs in a fixed pattern the daily round

  10. 10a :  one shot fired by a weapon or by each man in a military unitb :  a unit of ammunition consisting of the parts necessary to fire one shot

  11. 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 turnb :  a division of a tournament in which each contestant plays an opponent

  12. 12 :  a prolonged burst (as of applause)

  13. 13a :  a cut of meat (such as beef) especially between the rump and the lower leg — see beef illustrationb :  a slice of food a round of bread

  14. 14 :  a rounded or curved part

in the round

  1. 1 :  in full sculptured form unattached to a background

  2. 2 :  with an inclusive or comprehensive view or representation

  3. 3 :  with a center stage surrounded by an audience a play presented in the round

Examples of round in a sentence

  1. a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam

  2. a busy round of parties during the holiday season

14th Century

First Known Use of round

14th century


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round

verb

Definition of round

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make roundb (1) :  to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\) (2) :  to pronounce with lip rounding :  labialize

  3. 2a :  go aroundb :  to pass part of the way around

  4. 3 :  encircle, encompass

  5. 4 :  to bring to completion or perfection —often used with off or out

  6. 5 :  to express as a round number —often used with off 11.3572 rounded off to two decimal places becomes 11.36

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1a :  to become round, plump, or shapelyb :  to reach fullness or completion

  9. 2 :  to follow a winding course :  bend

round on

  1. :  to turn against :  assail

14th Century

First Known Use of round

14th century


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round

preposition

Definition of round

  1. 1 :  around

  2. 2 :  all during :  throughout round the year

Examples of round in a sentence

  1. talked to voters round the city

1573

First Known Use of round

1573


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round

verb

Definition of round

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  whisper

  3. 2 archaic :  to speak to in a whisper

Origin and Etymology of round

alteration of Middle English rounen, from Old English rūnian; akin to Old English rūn mystery — more at rune


First Known Use: 15th century


ROUND Defined for English Language Learners

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round

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adjective \rau̇nd\

Definition of round for English Language Learners

  • : shaped like a circle or ball

  • : shaped like a cylinder

  • : having curves rather than angles


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round

adverb

Definition of round for English Language Learners

  • : from beginning to end


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round

noun

Definition of round for English Language Learners

  • : one of a series of similar events

  • : a series of similar actions, events, or things

  • : a regular series of activities


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round

preposition

Definition of round for English Language Learners

  • : all during


ROUND Defined for Kids

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round

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adjective \ˈrau̇nd\

Definition of round for Students

rounder

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roundest

  1. 1 :  having every part of the surface or circumference the same distance from the center :  shaped like a circle or ball

  2. 2 :  shaped like a cylinder a round peg

  3. 3 :  1plump

  4. 4 :  having curves rather than angles round corners

  5. 5 :  1complete 1, full a round dozen

  6. 6 :  nearly correct or exact in round numbers

  7. 7 :  large a good round sum

  8. 8 :  moving in or forming a circle

roundish

\ˈrau̇n-dish\ adjective

roundness

noun

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round

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adverb

Definition of round for Students

  1. :  1around


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round

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noun

Definition of round for Students

  1. 1 :  a regularly covered route

  2. 2 :  something (as a circle or globe) that is round

  3. 3 :  one shot fired by a soldier or a gun

  4. 4 :  a series or cycle of repeated actions or events a round of talks

  5. 5 :  a song in which three or four singers sing the same melody and words one after another at intervals

  6. 6 :  a period of applause

  7. 7 :  an indirect path

  8. 8 :  ammunition for one shot

  9. 9 :  one of the parts into which a contest or game is divided

  10. 10 :  a cut of beef especially between the rump and the lower leg


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round

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verb

Definition of round for Students

rounded

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rounding

  1. 1 :  to go or pass around I saw her house as I rounded the corner.

  2. 2 :  to express as a round number He rounded 947 to 950.

  3. 3 :  to bring to completion They'll round out the season with a win.

  4. 4 :  to make or become round I rounded off the corners.

round up

  1. 1 :  to collect (as cattle) by circling in vehicles or on horseback and forcing them in

  2. 2 :  to gather in or bring together


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round

play
preposition

Definition of round for Students

  1. :  2around He travels round the world.


Medical Dictionary

round

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intransitive verb \ˈrau̇nd\

Medical Definition of round

  1. :  to go on rounds



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