\ 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

Watson, 31, is a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers seventh-round draft pick. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans work out LB Dekoda Watson, DB Marcus Cooper," 3 Sep. 2019 Bell was the Raiders’ seventh-round pick this year. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ Jon Gruden explains departure of receiver Keelan Doss," 2 Sep. 2019 Indianapolis signed seventh-round draft pick Jackson Barton, offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp, linebacker Skai Moore, wide receiver Ashton Dulin, cornerback Jalen Collins and Walker to their practice squad. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts claim Bills cornerback Ryan Lewis off of waivers, release Chris Milton," 1 Sep. 2019 Among the notable defensive players to make the roster were seventh-round pick Dontavius Russell, who earned the 10th spot on the defensive line. John Reid,, "Jaguars release 29, place receiver Terrelle Pryor on reserve/injured list," 1 Sep. 2019 Linebacker Dakota Allen, a seventh-round pick in April’s draft, also was cut. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: USC wins season opener, but JT Daniels is injured," 1 Sep. 2019 The Browns waived seventh-round cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr. out of Tulane but hope to sign him back to the practice squad, along with several other of the players waived on Saturday. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Browns roster to 53: Jamie Gillan, Austin Seibert make the team; WR Taywan Taylor and guard Justin McCray acquired in trades," 31 Aug. 2019 Among the players the Lions waived were seventh-round picks tight end Isaac Nauta and defensive tackle P.J. Johnson. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions 2019 late draft picks Isaac Nauta, P.J. Johnson among cuts," 31 Aug. 2019 The Angels selected Skaggs as a first-round pick in the 2009 big league draft, right out of high school. Fox News, "Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose: coroner," 30 Aug. 2019

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Dre’Mont Jones | DL | Ohio State (Third round, No. 71 overall) The Broncos drafted a star pass rusher last year in linebacker Bradley Chubb. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Denver Broncos rookie profiles: Who are these guys?," 2 Sep. 2019 The locker room itself is round, beneath a wood-slat ceiling intended as an homage to the shadowy ribbed rafters of Oracle Arena in Oakland. John King,, "Chase Center has moment in media spotlight, mammoth scoreboard and all.," 26 Aug. 2019 Also planned: culvert placement and trail restoration that will make the trail accessible year round, said Sandy Breuer, Washington County’s parks director. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Trail upgrade, RV campground update on deck at Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve," 26 Aug. 2019 Last weekend saw tear gas fired inside a subway station and a woman allegedly hit in the face with a beanbag round, outraging protesters and driving turnout at the airport just as things appeared to be calming down somewhat. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters attempt to restore peace after airport violence," 18 Aug. 2019 As part of the new financing—which also includes participation in the Series B round from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz—the company is also scaling up its new Trade Up program, which lists and sells clients’ existing homes on their behalf. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Home-Buying Startup Flyhomes Lands $141M in New Financing," 15 Aug. 2019 One young woman was shot in the face with what appeared to be a bean bag round, severely injuring her eye. Washington Post, "Protesters bring Hong Kong airport to a standstill after night of violent clashes," 12 Aug. 2019 One young woman was shot in the face with what appeared to be a bean bag round, severely injuring her eye. Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters shut down Hong Kong airport; China warns of ‘terrorism,’ raising fears of military crackdown," 12 Aug. 2019 During the Wednesday debate round, Biden’s explanation of his health care plan left Edwards unimpressed. NBC News, "Democratic debates draw mixed reactions from black voters in Detroit, Flint," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Surviving the second round of vetoes: About $6.8 million in state funding for Head Start programs that provide free pre-K, meals and other services to low-income children. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska groups scramble to rehire and restart programs after funding was vetoed, then restored," 24 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Bucs rookie kicker Matt Gay, selected 35 spots ahead of Seibert at No. 145 in the fifth round, missed a 37-yarder in the first half, but hit the 21-yard gamewinner with 15 seconds remaining. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Baker Mayfield struggles with backups; defense dominates in 13-12 loss to Bucs in 3rd preseason game," 24 Aug. 2019 Kjaersgaard, Levysohn, and Bodilsen covered the draft for TV3 Sport and waited until the fourth round, when Dont’a Hightower announced the Patriots’ selection of Froholdt with the 118th overall pick. Nora Princiotti,, "Patriots rookie Hjalte Froholdt is a big star back home — in Denmark," 24 Aug. 2019 Fiat Chrysler wins the latest round of Truck Wars with an all-new diesel engine that lifts the towing capacity of its 2020 Ram 1500 pickup well beyond the diesel Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. Dallas News, "This round in Truck Wars goes to the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 diesel," 23 Aug. 2019 One or two more candidates remain close to qualifying and could make the cut either for September or the next round in October, with Tom Steyer, the billionaire political activist, being the closest to success. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s remarks about ‘disloyal’ Jews highlight the tribalism of his politics," 23 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, Trump had raised the possibility of another round of tax breaks, but quickly reversed that stance before boarding Air Force One to Louisville Wednesday morning. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Trump signs order to expedite forgiving student loan debt for disabled veterans," 21 Aug. 2019 Harris, who was drafted in the sixth round (183rd overall) by the Buffalo Bills in 2009 and is Glendale’s sixth coach since the start of the 2004 season, said the Nitros are on the right track to turn things around. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: Glendale looks to take huge step forward," 20 Aug. 2019 Harris is expected to visit California for another round of high-dollar fundraisers this week, including one on Thursday in Los Angeles hosted by actress Jessica Alba. Katie Ross Dominick, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Elizabeth Warren apologizes for DNA test and identifying as Native American," 19 Aug. 2019

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Bernie Sanders rounds out the top tier of candidates with 286 delegates in a race that has tightened substantially over the summer. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren rises as Joe Biden clings to delegate edge — CBS News Battleground Tracker," 8 Sep. 2019 Junior college transfer Demetrick Watts rounds out the starting lineup with redshirt sophomore Bubba Arsianian leading the team off the bench with 11 tackles and a sack in the opener. Evan Dudley, al, "See position-by-position breakdown for UAB vs. Akron," 5 Sep. 2019 The pop star, who is opening the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, rounds out the money to her name with her nine-figure deal with Republic Records and the sales of Lover. Eric Todisco,, "Taylor Swift Tops Forbes' List as the Highest Paid Woman in Music," 26 Aug. 2019 Kate Flannery, Karamo Brown, Kel Mitchell and James Van Der Beek round out the list of celebrity dancers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Christie Brinkley, Sean Spicer make ‘Dancing with the Stars’," 21 Aug. 2019 Miranda, who has big, Sam Elliott-sized boots to fill, rounds out the leads as the adventurer Lee Scoresby. Will Thorne,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson debut ‘His Dark Materials’ trailer at Comic-Con," 19 July 2019 Closer Greg Holland rounds out the Diamondbacks players in the rankings at No. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks trade rumors: 6 players on top MLB trade deadline candidates list," 17 July 2019 The slate rounds off with Masaba Masaba, a scripted series inspired by the real life of leading fashion designer Masaba Gupta which will also star her mother, well known actress Neena Gupta. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Greenlights Indian Horror Series From Shah Rukh Khan, Blumhouse, Ivanhoe," 16 July 2019 The art festival — Laguna Beach’s oldest — rounds out a week of openings for the city’s premier summer shows, following the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair, both of which opened last week. Faith E. Pinho,, "Laguna’s Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters return this weekend," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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,, "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 That featured a lonely single man, wandering aimlessly round Paradise under the watchful eye of the show’s creator. 1843, "Love Island’s literary forebears, from Eden to The Tempest," 19 June 2019 With its dark walls, round hanging lights, and velvet bar stools, posh European daydreams come alive when the sun goes down. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019

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Ani is also seen protesting along with them but soon runs off as the police try to round them up to stop them. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's Everything That Went Down at Homecoming in "13 Reasons Why" Season 3," 5 Sep. 2019 The most famous moment came against Argentina in 1998, Owen immortalising himself with a devastating charge upfield and a lethal finish to round it off., "Jadon Sancho Beware: Rating the Careers of 7 England Starlets Who Burst Onto the Scene as Teenagers," 24 Aug. 2019 The country has a law stating that the animals can be released during the summer months and the entire country comes together in September to round them back up. Erika Owen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Things to Do in Iceland: Our Definitive List," 16 Aug. 2019 And rounding out the collection is The Bates' Tea, premium plum pudding black tea with vanilla, baked fruit, and spices. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Downton Abbey Movie Teas Are Here and Our Mugs Are Ready," 15 Aug. 2019 The governor sent state police to round them up and they were fined $500 a day. NBC News, "Oregon Senate GOP ends walkout over climate bill," 28 June 2019 But rounding out the top 10 on the list are nine cities in Florida, including eight in South Florida. Dan Sweeney,, "Democrats discuss climate change in first night of two-day debate," 27 June 2019 To pack your shoulder, start by slouching your shoulder rounding it forward, and then reverse the motion by pushing your arm through the floor so that your shoulder is packed down and away from your ears. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Do a Turkish Get-up," 8 Feb. 2019 The chief juvenile probation officer of the county, Lynne Wilkerson, said the duo was at large for about 20 minutes; authorities rounded them up less than a mile away from the Krier Center. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Teens Have Escaped From the Krier Correctional Treatment Center Near San Antonio in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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