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 Here’s a roundup of the coronavirus policies of major U.S. carriers: Delta No change fees for tickets purchased between March 1 and March 31. Rick Clough,, "Coronavirus Cancellations: Where Airlines Policies on Flight Disruption Stand," 7 May 2020 Of course, no roundup of Italian sides would be complete without a caprese salad—that popular combination of tomatoes, burrata, basil, and olive oil, made no less delectable by its ubiquity. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our 20 Best Italian Side Dishes," 1 May 2020 Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information: Custom Grown Greenhouses: Opening Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A list of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Spring 2020 edition)," 30 Apr. 2020 Coronavirus news roundup: Deaths reach 200; increased testing leads to single-day record Cameron Teague Robinson; Twitter: @cj_teague; Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Victim identified in fatal car crash involving Louisville Metro EMS vehicle," 25 Apr. 2020 This roundup of spots, courtesy of Yelp, is as diverse as the city itself. Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants that deliver late at night," 1 Apr. 2020 Here is a roundup of Northern Kentucky coronavirus news. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Coronavirus in Kentucky: 'Our first responders do not have enough,' Gov. Andy Beshear says," 26 Mar. 2020 The lightweight option, which boasts 1,000 high customer ratings, was included in our best comforter roundup. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The internet is obsessed with Brooklinen sheets and comforters—and they're finally on sale," 28 Apr. 2020 This review is part of of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell XPS 13 9300 review: The bezel is finally dead," 27 Apr. 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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26 May 2020

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“Roundup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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