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

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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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The latest roundup began Thursday, according to activists and two Saudi officials, a day after several women’s activists returned to court to face charges related to their human-rights work. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Detains More Activists Despite International Criticism," 5 Apr. 2019 This week, Farhad Manjoo, also a technology columnist, makes a return to the roundup as well. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kevin and Farhad’s Week in Tech: Did the ‘Techlash’ Matter?," 8 June 2018 For more on-the-pulse nail trends, including the must-have colors for Spring 2019, check out our roundup on your soon-to-be favorite nail polish colors once the weather warms up. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Wore Hundreds of Swarovski Crystals on Her Nails for Her Super Bowl Commercial," 4 Feb. 2019 While these lawyers frequently faced intimidation and harassment from the authorities, the roundup in 2015 marked a severe turning point, displaying Xi’s determination to crush any potential challenges to his authority. Dake Kang, The Seattle Times, "Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years," 28 Jan. 2019 Having covered Black Friday for the past few years, I’m used to the infinite roundups of Amazon’s best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals — which, to be sure, won’t be going anywhere as long as publishers are able to monetize them. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "More people are calling on others to cancel their Amazon Prime subscriptions. Why’d it take us this long?," 26 Nov. 2018 The breach led to the roundup in 2011 of 30 people identified by Iran as CIA spies. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it," 2 Nov. 2018 At least 15 other Saudi figures arrested in the same roundup that caught up the three imams last year are also being tried in nonpublic cases at the Specialized Criminal Court, which hears national security and terrorism cases. Michael Amon And, WSJ, "Push to Execute Saudi Clerics Rattles Kingdom’s Power Structure," 16 Sep. 2018 But despite the roundups of Jews and the anti-Semitic persecutions throughout France, the newlyweds remained, departing instead for the south and settling in Cannes. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 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 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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