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 The Secret Service denied that was the case, according to a news roundup written by Cliff Pinckard. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "FirstEnergy to open books on its political spending: Capitol Letter," 23 Feb. 2021 Check out the roundup of romantic V-Day messages here, and see Kardashian and Barker’s PDA pic here. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (February 19)," 19 Feb. 2021 The Post’s Aaron Blake has compiled a roundup of these leisure lapses by U.S. politicians. Washington Post, "Opinion: Five takeaways from Sean Hannity’s interview with Ted Cruz about Cancun," 19 Feb. 2021 Featured in our roundup of the best cookware sets, we were seriously thrilled with this cookware's overall performance despite its lofty price tag. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "All-Clad cookware sets are more than half off right now at Macy's," 28 Jan. 2021 This month’s roundup of under-the-radar streaming suggestions includes bloodcurdling horror, kooky (and sometimes cringe-inducing) comedy, and thoughtful nonfiction takes on flashy subjects. New York Times, "‘Margaret,’ ‘American Animals’ and More Streaming Alternatives," 25 Jan. 2021 Vulture did a roundup of late-night hosts who all told the same joke. Megh Wright, Vulture, "What I Learned in the Late-Night Joke Mines," 19 Jan. 2021 My colleague Jessica Roy has a helpful roundup of resources for residents of several Southern California counties. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Where the vaccine rollout went wrong," 14 Jan. 2021 Regardless of the size of your space, that’s a good mantra for all of us. Join me next week for a roundup of lessons from the year’s second half. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "A look back at some lessons learned about better living in 2020," 21 Dec. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Roundup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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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