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 They were always together, fighting to cure paralysis. An endless round of fundraisers, Congressional testimony.— Diane Sawyer often used in plural You 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
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 round (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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The series was asking for a map five, round 11 situation, the same as its March 5 predecessor. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Empire keep making same mistakes, spurring lengthy team meeting after 3-2 loss to OpTic Chicago," 4 Apr. 2021 Hoffman, 44, a perennial Texas Open contender and champion in 2016, quickly jumped into contention Sunday after beginning the round two shots back. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "Jordan Spieth notches 'monumental' victory at Valero Texas Open," 4 Apr. 2021 That means seeking out the type of Japanese udon noodles that are round and fat. Washington Post, "These udon noodles in a simple soy broth are simply irresistible," 4 Apr. 2021 The Brewers are sporting a round patch of the No. 44 on the right sleeve of the team’s uniforms this season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Braves, Brewers remembering Hank Aaron this season," 2 Apr. 2021 The best way to narrow down the styles will be by shape, with round, oval, rectangular, square and geometrical designs available. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best men’s Ray-Ban," 2 Apr. 2021 They were given their shots — Pfizer, round one, with the second dose due in later this month — in front of news reporters and TV cameras around 3 p.m. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Vaccines move Connecticut couple one step closer to wedding delayed by pandemic," 1 Apr. 2021 Thankfully, Lena used the anti-Kryptonite suit and Fortress technology to revive Kara, and the rest of the team showed up for round two against the egomaniac. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Supergirl star Melissa Benoist on the trauma Kara will endure in isolation," 31 Mar. 2021 It's made out of 100% leather and features a round toe, synthetic insole, and one-inch heel. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "The Best Amazon Sneakers for Every Kind of Lifestyle," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Wrestlers had to win two out of three matches in the championship round to claim a title. Tim Creason, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana wrestlers Kayla Miracle and Sarah Hildebrandt make U.S. Olympic team," 6 Apr. 2021 Aware of the backlog at the IRS, Congress gave the IRS the ability during this stimulus relief round to circle back and essentially top off people who were shortchanged because their tax situation changed in 2020. Washington Post, "Many veterans are still waiting for their $1,400 payments as the IRS distributes an additional $10 billion in stimulus relief," 2 Apr. 2021 That victory catapulted Guyer into the Class 6A Region I area round, setting up a date with Jesuit. Dallas News, "Soccer playoff roundup: Allen boys rout Grand Prairie; Highland Park girls cruise past Mount Pleasant," 30 Mar. 2021 Turn ice cream out onto cookie round; discard plastic. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Mortarboard Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake," 29 Mar. 2021 That’s the way the wheel goes round in college sports. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: After Loyola’s Sweet 16 loss in the NCAA Tournament, no one should blame Porter Moser if he were to take a more lucrative coaching job," 28 Mar. 2021 Bill Charles, 170, Olympic Heights sophomore: First-year varsity wrestler finished 15-3 and won district title; lost in blood round at regionals; also plays football for the Lions. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach wrestling first team, second team, honorable mention, coach of the year," 27 Mar. 2021 The talk show host scored Ainae on her team, which officially closed out the season 20 blind audition round. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Voice' Star Blake Shelton Accused Kelly Clarkson of Getting Adam Levine Fired From the Show," 25 Mar. 2021 Glow Up has closed its friends and family funding round, with about $200,000 raised. Fortune, "Black workers find little opportunity in growing video game industry," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s also finite game film for Jevon Holland, though he’s widely projected as a second or third round pick. oregonlive, "Oregon players who opted out of 2020 season have no regrets as they prepare for NFL," 7 Apr. 2021 Although wide racial disparities persisted in the new round of data, the Education Department saw a glimmer of hope in a slight increase among Black students learning fully in-person. BostonGlobe.com, "Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely, survey finds," 7 Apr. 2021 Other participants in the funding round include WISE Ventures, Quest Venture Partners and Mirae Asset Venture Investment. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "Intel Backs Video Data Firm Offering an Ad-Targeting Alternative to Cookies," 7 Apr. 2021 The arenas will be sold at 100% capacity with seating in the round. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Eric Church Sets Dates for Fall Arena Tour: Is He Coming to Your City?," 7 Apr. 2021 South Alabama, of course, beat the Crimson Tide 86-84 in the opening round of the 1989 NCAA tournament on a last-second shot by Jeff Hodge. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Richie Riley confirms South Alabama’s 2-for-1 series with Nate Oats, Alabama still a go," 7 Apr. 2021 Each show will be played in the round with his stage at the center of the room. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, "Eric Church Announces Return to the Road With 2021 Arena Tour," 7 Apr. 2021 Following the meeting in Vienna, Iranian state television quoted Iran’s negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, as reiterating that message during the opening round of talks. Time, "World Powers Are Seeking to Bring the U.S. Back Into the Iran Nuclear Deal," 7 Apr. 2021 His goal against San Lorenzo helped the Brazilian side to an early advantage in the third round of qualifying for the Copa Libertardores group stages, South America's premier competition in club football. George Ramsay, CNN, "Angelo Gabriel, 16, becomes youngest goalscorer in Copa Libertadores history," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Going into the interview process, Krivak said the school was looking for somebody who could round off the school’s leadership team. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park City Schools names Shanna Kovi new Gilles-Sweet Elementary School Associate Principal," 31 Mar. 2021 Ready to find out who will round out each team this season? Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "The Voice recap: The fight for the final four," 23 Mar. 2021 Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen hopes that Japan, along with Australia and India, who round out a bloc of U.S. partners and allies known as the Quad, will help deter a prospective invasion of Taiwan from mainland China. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "US and Japan warn China not to attack Taiwan," 16 Mar. 2021 The California Supreme Court has ruled an employer cannot round the time an employee spends on their meal break to the nearest preset fraction of an hour. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "State Supreme Court rules on rounding errors," 15 Mar. 2021 However, the film inside Langston’s camera survived the attack, and his photo became a shot seen ‘round the world. Kyle Whitmire | Kwhitmire@al.com, al, "Hey, Big Mules! Quit financing crackpots like Mo Brooks," 9 Jan. 2021 Erin Chan Ding, of South Barrington, and Malgorzata McGonigal, of North Barrington round out the field. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Teachers union endorses 4 candidates of the 11 running for a seat on the Barrington School District 220 board," 23 Mar. 2021 Illinois and Ohio round out the top three with 17.5% and 6.7% respectively. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's what NCAA Tournament aftermarket ticket prices are like as first-round games begin," 19 Mar. 2021 Josh Paschal returns as a starter and senior Marquan McCall should take over the nose guard duties from NFL draft prospect Quiton Bohanna, but the third starting spot is wide open and new faces will be needed to round out the rotation. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "New offense, impact transfers among storylines to watch in UK football spring practice," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition People gather round the fires at the center, with a row of chairs for elders and children. Anna V. Smith/high Country News, oregonlive, "Members of Chinook Indian Nation liken lack of federal recognition to slow-motion ‘genocide’," 3 Apr. 2021 It’s one of the biggest wins for Texas coach Vic Schaefer, who came to Austin in April 2020 after a successful stint at Mississippi State that included two regular-season SEC titles, two trips to the Final Four and one shot heard round the world. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Analysis: How Longhorns pulled off biggest upset in women's NCAA Tournament so far," 29 Mar. 2021 The proverbial shot heard round the world was when Larry Fink, CEO at BlackRock, one of the world’s largest money managers, recently told his portfolio companies to disclose their plans for fighting climate change or risk losing financial support. Barry Po, Forbes, "Can AI Help Heavy Industries Meet Today’s Tougher ESG Standards?," 9 Mar. 2021 With that in mind, researchers round the world are trying to identify flies that can be reared commercially and released where and when their services are needed. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Much Do Flies Help With Pollination?," 8 Mar. 2021 In the end, both left and right should be able to gather round the fire to sing Kumbaya about abolishing parking mandates. Roger Valdez, Forbes, "Left And Right Should Agree: Abolish Parking Requirements For Housing," 3 Mar. 2021 Six area teams in all advanced to the regional championship round this season, including 7A’s Clermont East Ridge for the first time in program history. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Mary finishes boys soccer season No. 1 in Sentinel Super Six," 3 Mar. 2021 But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 6: Everything We Know," 10 Feb. 2021 Jordan and Harvey officially came out as a couple this week with a post heard round the world. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Michael B. Jordan Dedicated This Sweet Video To Lori Harvey On Her Birthday," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now is an excellent time to round out your rain gear, activewear, skin-care, and accessories with savings of up to 50% off. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "15 Fantastic Items to Shop at the Nordstrom Spring Sale," 29 Mar. 2021 Laundry facilities, plenty of parking and a soon-to-debut outdoor activity area round out the amenities at Tillman House. Dallas News, "Dallas 24 Hour Club opens affording-living apartments for people recovering from addiction," 26 Mar. 2021 Erin Chan Ding, of South Barrington, and Malgorzata McGonigal, of North Barrington round out the field. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Teachers union endorses 4 candidates of the 11 running for a seat on the Barrington School District 220 board," 23 Mar. 2021 Truex and Kyle Larson round out the top five and are two of the five different winners in the series so far. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta live stream (3/20): How to watch online, TV, time," 21 Mar. 2021 Illinois and Ohio round out the top three with 17.5% and 6.7% respectively. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's what NCAA Tournament aftermarket ticket prices are like as first-round games begin," 19 Mar. 2021 Jack Huston, Reeve Carney, Camille Cottin, Eva Moore, Youssef Kerkour, and Florence Andrews round out the cast. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Your New Favorite Lady Gaga Movie, House of Gucci," 16 Mar. 2021 In addition to Los Angeles and the Bay Area of California, Austin and Houston round out the only markets where the service was first introduced. Landon Pemper, Chron, "Backyard landscaping ideas made easy with the help of these online landscape design services," 15 Mar. 2021 Texas Tech moves up three notches to round out the top 10, nudging out fellow Big 12 member West Virginia by five points. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Gonzaga stays No. 1; Alabama, Kansas lead shuffling in Ferris Mowers Men's Basketball Coaches Poll," 25 Jan. 2021

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

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More Definitions for round

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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