round·​up | \ˈrau̇nd-ˌəp \

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

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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


The police ordered a roundup of all the suspects. Here's a roundup of today's news.


rounded everyone up for one final training session
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is Fortune’s latest weekly roundup of the biggest Apple news. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's iOS 12 Public Beta Released as iPhone Price Cut Takes Shape," 30 June 2018 To help make sense of the evolving landscape, here's a roundup of local companies — some new and some veteran — that should be on your dance card. Laura Bleiberg,, "The guide to dance in L.A.: 12 standout companies to know and how to see them," 10 May 2018 Find a few of the best bundles below, and check out more retailer offerings over at our roundup. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "$100 off an Xbox One console with Red Dead Redemption 2 deal expires today, plus other tech deals," 3 Nov. 2018 The Oontz made our Best Bluetooth Speakers list and the Invoke is an honorable mention in our Best Smart Speakers roundup. Wired Staff, WIRED, "23 Tech and Gaming Deals Worth a Gander This Weekend," 23 June 2018 While this alone inherently adds drama to the clip, Létissier kicks it up a notch further by bringing in a roundup of dancers and implementing choreography from both West Side Story and Michael Jackson classics. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Christine and the Queens Touch the Sky in Vibrant New 'Girlfriend' Video: Watch," 24 May 2018 Investigators carried out an unprecedented roundup and charged 177 bikers. Ed Lavandera, CNN, "Two biker gang leaders convicted for deadly 2015 shootout," 17 May 2018 Here's a mock draft roundup and potential fits for Pacers at No. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "NBA mock drafts: Pacers may target backcourt depth with No. 23 pick," 15 May 2018 Every weekday, hear a fresh 3-4-minute roundup of news produced for Amazon Alexa's Flash Briefing skill. Chicago Tribune,, "Listen to The Chicago Tribune's Alexa Flash Briefing," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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