round·​up | \ ˈrau̇nd-ˌəp How to pronounce roundup (audio) \

Definition of roundup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the act or process of collecting animals (such as cattle) by riding around them and driving them in
(2) : the cowboys and ranch personnel engaged in a cattle roundup
b : a gathering in of scattered persons or things a roundup of all suspects
2 : a summary of information a roundup of the news

round up

rounded up; rounding up; rounds up

Definition of round up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to collect (animals, such as cattle) by means of a roundup
2 : to gather in or bring together from various quarters

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Examples of roundup in a Sentence

Noun The police ordered a roundup of all the suspects. Here's a roundup of today's news. Verb rounded everyone up for one final training session
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This roundup of May’s notable titles includes a few as well as a pop star’s memoir and a fantastic story collection. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "Editor's picks: 10 best May 2021 fiction and nonfiction books range from beach reads to Billie Eilish memoir and Bob Dylan biography," 6 May 2021 Get a jump start on gifting for daughters—who have become mothers themselves—with this roundup of gift ideas. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "14 Mother’s Day Gifts Perfect For Daughters," 27 Apr. 2021 There’s truly something for everyone in this roundup, so scroll down and check it out. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon shoppers are going nuts over these 5 Apple device deals," 23 Mar. 2021 Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff and Blackberry Sage Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans are just two of the elegant offerings in this roundup of 4 complete meals for 4 each under $15., "Express Briefing: Where S.A. could see lower speed limits," 14 Jan. 2021 This roundup of the stratospherically rich includes familiar names like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, and emergent billionaires include Kanye West and Tyler Perry. NBC News, "Wall Street minted 56 new billionaires since the pandemic began — but many families are left behind," 30 Dec. 2020 Before launching into our editors’ picks for 2020, a caveat: There were far too many incisive questions, brilliant insights and entertaining remarks to include in this short roundup. Quanta Magazine, "Our Favorite Comments of the Year," 23 Dec. 2020 For holiday-specific livestreams, check out this roundup. Anna Chan, Billboard, "Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch: Week of December 21," 20 Dec. 2020 From light shows to kid-friendly activities, this roundup of merry events will help us bide time before ushering in a new year — a better year. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "Holidays sparkle at light shows, virtual concerts, home tours and markets: See Lagniappe's guide," 22 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of roundup


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roundup was in 1847

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11 May 2021

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“Roundup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roundup

: the act or process of gathering together animals (such as cattle) by circling around them in vehicles or on horses
: the act or process of finding and gathering together people or things of the same kind
: a brief statement of the most important information


round·​up | \ ˈrau̇nd-ˌəp How to pronounce roundup (audio) \

Kids Definition of roundup

1 : the act of gathering together animals on the range by circling them in vehicles or on horseback and driving them in
2 : the act of gathering together scattered persons or things
3 : summary entry 2 Here's a roundup of the day's news.

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