round

adjective
\ 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

round

adverb

Definition of round (Entry 2 of 6)

round

noun

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 They were always together, fighting to cure paralysis. An endless round of fundraisers, Congressional testimony.— Diane Sawyer often used in pluralYou see, in election time local politicians, aspirants for office, have a way of making the rounds of the saloons to get votes.— Jack London… no one … was surprised to see him making the TV news rounds within hours of his announced termination …— Kristi Owram especially : a series of regularly scheduled professional calls on hospital patients made by a doctor or nurse usually used in plural … if laboratory test results are not available to physicians when they make their routine morning rounds, they may have to delay patient management, repeat their rounds at a later time, and perhaps prolong their patients' hospital stays. — David A. Novis and Jane C. Dale
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

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
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 off11.3572 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

round

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

Adjective

roundness \ ˈrau̇n(d)-​nəs How to pronounce roundness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for round

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonspherical
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Examples of round in a Sentence

Adjective The baby has a round face. the owl's big, round eyes a shirt with a round collar Adverb people working there all year round gather round and listen to my story Noun a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam a busy round of parties during the holiday season Preposition talked to voters round the city
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Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'You're out of danger': Jeannie Mai details her health emergency on 'DWTS,' this celeb is sent packing," 3 Nov. 2020 Using every bit of the track Sunday to hold off the winningest driver this season, Logano took the checkered flag on a cold, blustery Sunday to secure a spot in the championship round of the playoffs. Dave Skretta, SFChronicle.com, "Joey Logano wins at Kansas to clinch spot in Cup Series finale," 18 Oct. 2020 Capital One also invested in a Snowflake funding round in 2017. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Snowflake Signs Goldman as Customer in Push for Banking Deals," 12 Oct. 2020 My dream of dressing like Danny Zucko at the school dance, in a pitch-black suit and hyper-lapelled peach shirt is still coming round the corner. Raven Smith, Vogue, "The Minimalist Magic of Katie Holmes," 22 Oct. 2020 The Scouts wrapped up the team title by virtue of an all-Lake Forest championship round that will include a single-family singles final. 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Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Emmanuel Ogbah is happy to be a Dolphin, and they are thankful for his red-hot start," 20 Nov. 2020 Both players entered the league in 2018, Leonard as a second-round pick (No. 36), and Warner as a third (No. 70). Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Not the NFL's best linebacker? Darius Leonard can't wait to prove Aaron Rodgers wrong," 19 Nov. 2020 Green's former Arizona backcourt mate Nico Mannion was a second-round pick by the Golden State Warriors at No. 48. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona high school boys hoops coaches react to their former players picked in NBA draft," 19 Nov. 2020 Iskhakov, a second-round pick of the New York Islanders in 2018, left UConn and returned home to Russia this offseason to begin his professional career. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "UConn hockey looks to overcome adversity and build on last year’s momentum amid pandemic," 19 Nov. 2020 However, the Jazz subsequently acquired the 39th overall pick from the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2022 second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz take Kansas center Udoka Azubuike at No. 27, Syracuse wing Elijah Hughes at 39; trade center Tony Bradley," 19 Nov. 2020 The Bucks also will send their second-round pick to the Magic in 2026 to complete Wednesday's deal. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks grab a pair of mature shooters in the second round of the NBA draft," 18 Nov. 2020 While Lewis is more likely to be taken in the teens Wednesday night, his stock has improved considerably since basketball season, when he was viewed more as an early second-round pick. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Where is Kira Lewis projected to be taken in the NBA draft?," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Despite coming off a bye week, the Los Angeles Rams gained two spots to round out the top 10. Simmi Buttar, Star Tribune, "Steelers stay perfect, keep top spot in AP Pro32 poll," 10 Nov. 2020 With Ohio State and Alabama seemingly set to occupy half of the four-team field, one-loss Clemson and one-loss Notre Dame would be ready to round out the field. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "No. 4 Notre Dame takes down No. 1 Clemson in double overtime," 8 Nov. 2020 The expansion draft is scheduled for Nov. 12, when Racing Louisville Football Club will round out its new team. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Royals protect 11 players for upcoming expansion draft," 5 Nov. 2020 The states that Trump has chosen to round out the last few days of the campaign are those that are seeing new surges in coronavirus cases. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "This Presidency Is Bad for Your Health," 27 Oct. 2020 They may be used on their own or as part of a bouquet, often with baby’s breath or other traditional blooms to round things out. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Common Day of the Dead Flowers and Their Meanings," 24 Sep. 2020 The starlet is resting comfortably, attended to round the clock by her devoted mother Beth (a personal trainer) and her father Dan (also her director). Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Connecticut 4-year-old raises thousands for charity with viral videos recreating Hollywood hits," 16 Sep. 2020 Cameron Dunklin returned a fumble 62 yards for a score Christian Douglas scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to round out the first quarter scoring. Al.com Reports, al, "State roundup: Madison Academy, Shades Valley advance to 2nd round of playoffs," 7 Nov. 2020 While most of society entered into a collective COVID-19 respite last spring, the Oak Park-River Forest junior runner reached for another gear in her quest to round in tip-top condition. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Spring training: Running in forest preserves helped Oak Park’s Josephine Welin prep for a truncated cross country season," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition On top of this, there was growing evidence this time round that those responsible for being umpires in the election had gone rogue. David E Kiwuwa, Quartz Africa, "Tanzania’s democracy has taken a step backward after a flawed election," 4 Nov. 2020 The group was split in two and the teams faced off in a strip variation of the game, where each round the losing team would remove a piece of clothing. 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USA Today, "Rapid, cheap home tests: Companies attempt to make coronavirus tests widely available," 24 Sep. 2020 The coach said Tillis could have a big impact as the opposition makes game plans for Peterson coming round the edge. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "District 11-3A football preview: De La Salle returns Arizona-bound duo: Montrell Johnson, Ja'Marian Peterson," 22 Sep. 2020 The announcement said round two of funding opens this month, and potential applicants must provide property damage or replacement estimates, and be located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles or Minneapolis. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Beyoncé donates an additional $1 million to small Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the age of 18, they were then shipped off to university to round out their education and take their place in the governing class. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "How Britain Imported the American High School," 17 Nov. 2020 Zach Woods and Suzy Nakamura round out the cast as other Avenue 5 employees, all of whom bumble around while attempting to maintain order onboard. Washington Post, "Everyone on TV just wants to be launched into space," 6 Nov. 2020 The defense can mature and round into form under this truncated seven-game season. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah could contend for a Pac-12 South title, but a bunch of things have to go right for the Utes," 30 Oct. 2020 An obstacle course and puppet show round out the event, with each participant receiving a treat bag at the end. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "Halloween planners in Howard County work to organize spooky but safe fun amid coronavirus pandemic," 16 Oct. 2020 While most Americans now work in service jobs, manufacturing helps to round out and enrich a state's economy. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "How does Arizona compare with other states for manufacturing? New study looks at sector," 2 Sep. 2020 Carol Morse, who owns Acalli Chocolate in New Orleans, adds a small amount of cocoa butter to her Teapa Dulce 64% dark bar to round out the inherent toasty flavors of cacao and make the chocolate slightly creamier on the palate. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Everything you need to know about chocolate," 14 Feb. 2020 Despite coming off a bye week, the Los Angeles Rams gained two spots to round out the top 10. Simmi Buttar, Star Tribune, "Steelers stay perfect, keep top spot in AP Pro32 poll," 10 Nov. 2020 With Ohio State and Alabama seemingly set to occupy half of the four-team field, one-loss Clemson and one-loss Notre Dame would be ready to round out the field. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "No. 4 Notre Dame takes down No. 1 Clemson in double overtime," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of round

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Preposition

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for round

Adjective

Middle English round, rounde "spherical, circular, rounded," borrowed from Anglo-French reund, rund, rount, going back to Vulgar Latin *retundus, altered (by presumed vowel dissimilation) from Latin rotundus — more at rotund

Adverb

Middle English, "in a circle," derivative of round, rounde round entry 1

Noun

Middle English rond, round, rounde "spherical body or form, circle," in part derivative of round, rounde round entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French rund, rond (in en rund "round about") and runde (in a la runde "round about"), both nominal derivatives of reund, rund round entry 1

Verb (1)

Middle English rounden "to form a ball, be circular, cut (hair) close around the head," in part derivative of round round entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French runder "to revolve" and Old French rondir "to make round," derivatives of rund, rond round entry 1

Preposition

derivative of round entry 2

Verb (2)

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

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Time Traveler for round

Time Traveler

The first known use of round was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Round.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/round. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for round

round

adjective
How to pronounce round (audio)

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

round

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 2 of 4)

: from beginning to end

round

noun

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

round

adjective
\ 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

round

adverb

Kids Definition of round (Entry 2 of 5)

round

noun

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

round

verb
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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