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)

: around

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 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

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

round

preposition

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

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The younger Winslow had an NFL career, entering the league in 2004 as a first-round draft pick and earning a reported $43 million over 10 seasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kellen Winslow II’s wife files for divorce as rape retrial approaches," 16 Sep. 2019 The first-round draft pick from Alabama State lined up at left guard and didn't aggravate the finger injury in his first game of the season. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans first-rounder Tytus Howard victorious in first NFL start," 15 Sep. 2019 The Cubs had no intention of calling up Hoerner, their first-round pick out of Stanford in 2018. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Nico Hoerner adds to the ‘greatest week of my life’ with a 3-run homer in the Cubs’ rout of the Pirates," 14 Sep. 2019 Fitzpatrick's role has been a point of contention for the 2018 first-round pick out of Alabama (No. 11 overall). Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Dolphins allow former first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek trade, per report," 13 Sep. 2019 Henderson is a likely first-round draft pick who can shut down top receivers, while the electric Toney routinely makes something out of nothing. Kyle Wood, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators’ young defensive backs could give UF a boost at Kentucky," 12 Sep. 2019 Chayka dealt two former first-round picks in Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to the Chicago Blackhawks (who else?) in exchange for center Nick Schmaltz, who excelled for 17 games before a knee injury ended his season, too. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Oliver Ekman-Larsson's cryptic injury is latest in string of bad luck for Coyotes," 12 Sep. 2019 For Maybin, a first-round pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2005, hugs have been important since childhood. James Wagner, New York Times, "Need a Hug? Just Ask the Yankees’ Cameron Maybin," 12 Sep. 2019 The last trade between the teams was actually when Belichick left the Jets for the Patriots, and New York got a first-round pick. Dennis Waszak Jr., The Denver Post, "Jets acquire WR Demaryius Thomas from Patriots for draft pick, AP sources say," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

On Sunday, Staley was replaced by Justin Skule, a rookie sixth-round pick. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Joe Staley suffers broken fibula in 49ers’ blowout win," 15 Sep. 2019 Tight end Kaden Smith, a sixth-round pick from Stanford, was waived in a corresponding roster move. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Three’s company: Wilson’s promotion gives 49ers trio of RBs," 14 Sep. 2019 Also, the Vikings have let go of defensive end Ade Aruna, a sixth-round pick in 2018 who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings place WR Josh Doctson on IR, elevate CB Nate Meadors from practice squad," 12 Sep. 2019 Willis was a third-round pick by the Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals cut DE Jordan Willis to make room for LB LaRoy Reynolds," 10 Sep. 2019 The Dolphins traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills (along with a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft and a sixth-round pick in 2021) to the Houston Texans on Saturday. oregonlive, "Miami Dolphins trade former Oregon Duck Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints: Report," 1 Sep. 2019 Matt Targett and Kortney Hause round off the list of the Villans' summer additions. SI.com, "Douglas Luiz: 6 Things to Know About the Manchester City Star Linked With Aston Villa," 12 July 2019 King, who came on late in the year and was a catalyst in the Ducks’ tournament success, is viewed as an early-to-mid second-round pick on Thursday. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "NBA mock drafts 2019: Where will Oregon Ducks Bol Bol and Louis King land?," 20 June 2019 Specialty mimosas round out the list including an oversize mimosa made with strawberry boba, strawberry puree and prosecco. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This new Phoenix restaurant has the biggest Bloody Mary bar in Arizona," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In two preliminary rounds, Brown would whittle the field from 56 competitors to a final four. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Many try, but few finish, the world’s toughest baseball quiz," 17 Sep. 2019 Even before sundown, police fired rounds of tear gas to clear protesters occupying a key road, and masked groups in black retaliated by lobbing molotov cocktails and smoke bombs at police barricades outside government buildings, setting them ablaze. Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters confront police tear gas with petrol bombs in 15th weekend of demonstrations," 15 Sep. 2019 Witnesses reported hearing more than 10 rounds coming from a small hill nearby. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Parent dispute leads to gunfire at youth football game in Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 Nine rounds were fired at the victims, authorities said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2nd suspect charged with murder in shooting at La Jolla house party," 13 Sep. 2019 One round entered the vehicle and struck the victim in the shoulder. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "3 Oklahoma sisters crafted elaborate plan to ambush, kill couple in Alabama, feds say," 12 Sep. 2019 The Seventh Circuit and several others have upheld bans on magazines that hold more than ten rounds and on many common rifles, including the AR-15. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Heller’s Precarious Situation," 12 Sep. 2019 The field is winnowing – cut in half from the 20 candidates who qualified for the first two rounds of debates, which means the debate can be held on one night instead of two – and the clock is ticking. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "5 questions the Democratic debate may answer, including: Is Biden a fragile front-runner?," 12 Sep. 2019 The following week at the section championship, Hobbit’s Glen then defeated the Roanoke All Stars in round 1 by a score of 6.5-5.5 and the South River All Stars in the semifinals by a score of 9-3. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County sports notebook: Hobbit’s Glen PGA Junior League advances to first regional championship," 12 Sep. 2019

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Right tackle Tyler Haycraft, right guard T.J. McCoy, center Cole Bentley and left guard Caleb Chandler could round out a likely starting five, according to Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville football will rely on its offensive line to boost run game," 8 Aug. 2019 At the height of Downton Abbey’s TV popularity, Masterpiece PBS was working 'round the clock to take advantage of its runaway hit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Downton Abbey Paved the Way for Victoria, Poldark, and Grantchester," 13 Sep. 2019 Two other evocative scores, by Dukas and Frank Bridge, also from the 20th century, round out the evening. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra plans deep dives, wide variety: 2019-20 season preview," 12 Sep. 2019 Two more roster-rounding pieces: Veteran free agents Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: This is the Florida Panthers’ year (and I really, really mean it this time) | Commentary," 12 Sep. 2019 Folding half and pinch ends together, keeping upper portion rounded for cat’s back. Megan Fulweiler, Woman's Day, "Black Cat Clay Decorations," 9 Sep. 2019 The Giants caught another potential break when Diaz rounded first and headed for second, which was occupied. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Posey makes rare admission after first career sacrifice in a late loss to Pirates," 9 Sep. 2019 Working with one potato half at a time, place a wooden spoon on each side of potato, and cut slits 1/4 to 1/8 inch apart crosswise down rounded side of potato, using spoon handles as a guide to avoid cutting all the way through. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes," 6 Sep. 2019 Safety precautions will include starting the work on nights and weekends and then moving to round-the-clock operations when data on chemical vapors shows the working conditions are safe. Annette Cary, The Seattle Times, "After years of preparation, work to empty Hanford leak-prone waste tanks is ready to restart," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Yang prepares the ingredients at CommonWealth Kitchen, and worked round the clock to fulfill the Encore orders. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Dumplings are a good bet," 27 Aug. 2019 The service is available round the clock and must be taken inside to the dispatcher window. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton encouraging safe disposal of old, unused meds," 3 Sep. 2019 And now those words and the scream heard round the premium cable viewing world have been turned into a summer bop of epic proportions. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "This remix of Meryl Streep's Big Little Lies scream is the summer bop we didn't know we needed," 1 Aug. 2019 That nations leader, Victor Orban, turned it into a campaign rally seen round the world. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "You’re Free on Independence Day," 4 July 2019 For more than three decades, the events of Tiananmen … have hung round the leadership like the albatross around the ancient mariner’s neck. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s reputation is being damaged," 20 Aug. 2019 That earlier round of tariff increases prompted a surge in U.S. imports late last year as companies rushed to get goods into North America ahead of potential new levies. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Trade Battle Looks Set to Roil Container Shipping," 14 May 2019 Meanwhile, her choice of accessories only added to the look's fresh, modern feel, featuring white strappy sandals, a mini Hermès bag, and Carolina Lemke Kim Kardashian West’s round Sand sunglasses. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kourtney Kardashian Puts a New Twist on the Summer Suit," 30 July 2019 Scattered round the outside are multiple patios and gardens, small retreats to step out into. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "6,500-square-foot Troy farmhouse is in meticulous condition," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the height of Downton Abbey’s TV popularity, Masterpiece PBS was working 'round the clock to take advantage of its runaway hit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Downton Abbey Paved the Way for Victoria, Poldark, and Grantchester," 13 Sep. 2019 Two other evocative scores, by Dukas and Frank Bridge, also from the 20th century, round out the evening. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra plans deep dives, wide variety: 2019-20 season preview," 12 Sep. 2019 Two more roster-rounding pieces: Veteran free agents Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: This is the Florida Panthers’ year (and I really, really mean it this time) | Commentary," 12 Sep. 2019 Folding half and pinch ends together, keeping upper portion rounded for cat’s back. Megan Fulweiler, Woman's Day, "Black Cat Clay Decorations," 9 Sep. 2019 The Giants caught another potential break when Diaz rounded first and headed for second, which was occupied. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Posey makes rare admission after first career sacrifice in a late loss to Pirates," 9 Sep. 2019 And now the Patriots really don’t need to worry about Gordon staying on the straight and narrow this year, or Demaryius Thomas coming back from a torn Achilles’ and rounding into his old form. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Breaking down the Patriots’ signing of Antonio Brown," 7 Sep. 2019 Working with one potato half at a time, place a wooden spoon on each side of potato, and cut slits 1/4 to 1/8 inch apart crosswise down rounded side of potato, using spoon handles as a guide to avoid cutting all the way through. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes," 6 Sep. 2019 Safety precautions will include starting the work on nights and weekends and then moving to round-the-clock operations when data on chemical vapors shows the working conditions are safe. Annette Cary, The Seattle Times, "After years of preparation, work to empty Hanford leak-prone waste tanks is ready to restart," 30 Aug. 2019

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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, 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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round

adjective

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

round

preposition

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

round

preposition

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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