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

round 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


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

In 2013, The Cut put together a roundup of advice columnists offering their opinions on fake orgasms, and though these experts differed in the details, pretty much everyone agreed that fake orgasms create problems for all involved. Lux Alptraum, SELF, "Faking Orgasms Isn’t the Real Problem—the Real Problem Is Our Limited View of What Sexual Pleasure Looks Like," 20 Nov. 2018 And for millions waiting on an upgrade, the XR might be the right phone at the right time; Here’s a roundup of early reviews. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘Davos in the Desert’ minus Masa, Apple iPhone XR review," 23 Oct. 2018 Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018 Note: This review is part of our roundup of the best game capture software. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 Here’s our annual roundup of the tech that will affect us in the year ahead. David Pierce, WSJ, "Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Sweet potatoes with Greek yogurt, toast with almond butter, and veggie omelets are all great for post-workout snacks (and work for fueling up pre-workout, too!) This roundup is a great place to start. Amy Marturana, SELF, "This Is What Happens When You Don’t Eat Enough After Working Out," 2 Jan. 2019 The Federal Reserve’s beige book report, a roundup of anecdotal information about regional economic conditions, showed Wednesday that businesses have growing concerns about tariffs pushing up their production costs. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Bond Yields Fall Amid Tepid Economic Data," 24 Oct. 2018 This roundup gives onlookers a glimpse into a fashion industry that is slowly but surely working to create a more accepting and diverse environment for everyone, regardless of their physical appearance. Darrel Hunter, Teen Vogue, "Street Style Diversity at PFW," 30 Sep. 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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