\ 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

Some had what looked like caterpillar poop to the experienced eye, and some displayed round circular patterns. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s going on with those blotchy brown spots on your lilac bush," 12 July 2019 Tee times set First-round action begins 8:45 a.m. with Tommy Tolles, Dan Forsman & Scott Dunlap initiating the first tee time. Branson Wright,, "Bridgestone Senior Players 2019: Groups, tee times, TV schedule set as Langer, Couples relish return to Firestone," 11 July 2019 Someday arrived in the midst of the Bruins’ second-round playoff series against Columbus. Tara Sullivan,, "Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy knows about playing in pain; he recently had knee replacement surgery," 11 July 2019 Georgia’s Jake Fromm is also a first-round candidate, though he’s considered less likely than Tagovailoa to turn pro after his junior year. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: Among SEC QBs, it’s Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, then who?," 11 July 2019 The Capitals selected Protas with their third-round pick (91st-overall) in the 2019 NHL draft. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Ravens training camp passes can be claimed Thursday," 10 July 2019 Kaeppeler’s diamond ring is more than five carats and features a central round diamond in a handmade platinum tulip design setting accented by smaller round diamonds. Natalie Stone,, "The Bachelor Creator Mike Fleiss Files for Divorce After 5 Years of Marriage," 10 July 2019 Last September, Jace Tunnell discovered a layer of tiny round plastic pellets covering a beach on Padre Island, off the southern coast of Texas. Julissa Treviño, WIRED, "Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways," 10 July 2019 Jeudy heads into this season with high first-round pick potential and is in contention to be the top receiver picked. Kalyn Kahler,, "Why the 2020 NFL Draft Class of Wide Receivers Is Worthy of Your Attention," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Saso moved into second place with a third-round 66. Staff Reports,, "Zhang maintains 1-shot lead in Girls Junior event," 11 July 2019 First-round pick Matisse Thybulle led the 76ers (1-3) with 12 points. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Bruce Brown posts triple-double in Summer League win over 76ers," 10 July 2019 Thus far, the former third-round pick out of Grambling State hasn’t shown enough consistency to his overall game and that could work against him. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals scouting report: Wide receivers and tight ends," 8 July 2019 From pass-catching sixth-round rookie, to workhorse back, to backup to an aspiring workhorse, and primary runner in a run/pass platoon, Murray has done it all. Conor Orr,, "The 2019 Fantasy Football Boring All-Star Team," 8 July 2019 First-round pick Jordan Poole is expected to play behind Russell. Mark Medina, The Denver Post, "Warriors agree to 1-year deal with former CU Buffs star Alec Burks," 8 July 2019 The fourth-round match ended 6-3, 6-3, keeping 15-year-old Gauff from a spot in the quarterfinals at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. NBC News, "Cori 'Coco' Gauff loses at Wimbledon in fourth round," 8 July 2019 The Hurricanes have a week to match the offer or accept a first-, second- and third-round pick in return. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2019: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1," 1 July 2019 With a third-round victory over Jana Cepelova (6-4, 6-3) of Slovakia, the 17-year-old advances in the Wimbledon women's singles competition, which begins Monday, July 1. Scott Springer,, "Madeira's Caty McNally qualifies for Wimbledon," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Heat went 3-1 during the preliminary round in Las Vegas to earn one of the eight berths in the tournament that runs through Monday. Ira Winderman,, "Heat fall in summer finale in OT despite 26 from Robinson, as draft picks sit," 14 July 2019 The first round between the teams took place in Columbus and ended with Orlando City taking three points off the Crew during a 2-0 victory. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City rides momentum of Open Cup victory into rematch with Columbus Crew," 14 July 2019 America has held seven rounds of negotiations with the Taliban about a possible withdrawal from Afghanistan, but also wants the government and the insurgents to speak directly. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 July 2019 Rain had been steady throughout the quarterfinal round when a deluge began late in the games. Dennis Victory, al, "Inclement weather ends Hoover City Elite 7-on-7 tournament," 13 July 2019 The Democratic lawmakers will arrive at the migrant detention center the day after the Trump administration is expected to begin a round-up thousands of undocumented immigrants from cities across the nation. Ana Radelat,, "Rosa DeLauro to lead congressional group to Florida center for migrant children," 12 July 2019 Defending champion Vijay Singh is is even-par after two rounds of 70. Branson Wright,, "Bridgestone Senior Players 2019: Retief Goosen takes three-stroke lead with near course record," 12 July 2019 The Thunder acquired even more future first round draft picks in the deal with Houston. Sean Gregory, Time, "The NBA Is Officially Ridiculous," 12 July 2019 For now — and with future court cases more likely to affect the 2030 census than the 2020 round — Trump is casting himself as an agent of transparency, and his political opponents as impediments to the count. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump folds in latest round of perennial American battle: Citizenship and the census," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tonight there are supposed to be ten fights, three rounds each, each round three minutes. Michael Colborne, The New Republic, "Friday Night Fights With Ukraine’s Far Right," 9 July 2019 Second, there's the flurry of wooden curls and chips, spraying through the air as it's rounded out. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How This "Self-Healing" Table Is Made," 8 July 2019 Asian elephants can be identified by their smaller, rounded ears. National Geographic, "Asian Elephant," 7 July 2019 The standard speed for a shuttle delivery, Dove said, was .8 to .9 mph, and slower when docking or rounding a curve. Kevin Spear,, "Before Apollo moon rockets went 24,000 mph, they traveled less than 1 mph on crawler to launch pad," 29 June 2019 Norway qualified for the knockout rounds from Group A after victories over Nigeria and South Korea either side of a narrow defeat to France., "Women's World Cup QF Preview: Norway vs England - How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 26 June 2019 Fortunately, sanity has prevailed and goalkeepers won’t be penalized for encroachment on penalty kicks, which threatened to turn the knockout rounds into a fiasco. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Two weeks in at World Cup, USWNT among winners, while FIFA remains a huge loser," 21 June 2019 Italy and the Netherlands rounded out the field Tuesday, joining host France, England, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: What's the most surprising number at the World Cup? Seven.," 26 June 2019 Rose Lavelle and Mewis rounded out the midfield with Ertz. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Julie Ertz returns, Lindsey Horan out for U.S. match against Spain at World Cup," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

To that end, the company has improved the design and finish of the shoes its 280-person staff produces: streamlining shapes, tidying up the stitching round the soles, and adopting less clunky soles than those of previous models. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Does ‘Made in America’ Still Matter? Footwear Brand Allen Edmonds is About to Find Out," 24 Sep. 2018 Those two, along with Jeff Criswell in relief, made Michigan the first team to reach the College World Series championship round using only three pitchers since Georgia in 1990. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Early returns from Omaha indicate the Rockies drafted a gamer in right-hander Karl Kauffmann," 26 June 2019 The doctor also had to have buy-in from the hospital, since the patient would require one-on-one nursing nursing care round the clock. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "There's a new drug for postpartum depression, but wait till you see the price tag," 20 June 2019 Morganne Flores missed the Huskies’ run to the College Softball World Series championship round last season, having suffered a torn ACL that forced her to miss the entire season. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Morganne Flores hits 2 HRs, leads UW softball over Mississippi State at NCAA regional," 19 May 2019 As the World Cup moves from the group stage to the knockout round this weekend, a look at the big political winners and losers of the tournament so far. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers round out the top five. Troy L. Smith,, "Madden 20 ratings not very high on Browns and Baker Mayfield," 16 July 2019 New York played host to the double-header that rounded off the season, with one E-Prix on Saturday and another on Sunday. Matias Grez, CNN, "Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne punished with community service," 15 July 2019 The New England Patriots' Tom Brady (96), Los Angeles Chargers' Philip Rivers (94), New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (92) and Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (92) round out the top five quarterbacks. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Kyler Murray or Josh Rosen? Madden NFL 20 player ratings answer the quarterback debate," 15 July 2019 Lendu militiamen, some wearing human livers round their necks, poured into the town. The Economist, "Killings in Congo’s north-east spark fears of a return to war," 13 July 2019 Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins and Weil Gotshal & Manges round out the top five. Mark Curriden, Houston Chronicle, "Seventeen corporate law firms in Texas hit elite status," 5 July 2019 Vermont, Alaska and Maine round out the top 5 with 482 (76.96), 560 (75.94) and 940 (70.23), respectively. Fox News, "Washington, Montana, Vermont top new list for most UFO sightings," 4 July 2019 National Chicken Wing Day rounds out the month on July 29, which also is National Lasagna Day. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Get National Fried Chicken Day free food and deals at KFC, Burger King, Wendy's and more," 1 July 2019 This can put extra stress in your wrists and shoulders and put your spine in a less-than-ideal position (ideal meaning neutral, not arched or rounded). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Are Those Push-Ups in My Indoor Cycling Class Actually Doing Anything?," 30 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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