round

adjective
\ ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce round (audio) \

Definition of round

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(1) : having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center
(2) : cylindrical a round peg
b : approximately round a round face
2 : well filled out : plump, shapely
3a : complete, full a round dozen a round ton
b : approximately correct especially : exact only to a specific decimal or place use the round number 1400 for the exact figure 1411
c : substantial in amount : ample a good round price— T. B. Costain
4 : direct in utterance : outspoken a round denunciation
5 : moving in or forming a circle
6a : brought to completion or perfection : finished
b : presented with lifelike fullness or vividness
7 : delivered with a swing of the arm a round blow
8a : having full or unimpeded resonance or tone : sonorous
b : pronounced with rounded lips : labialized
9 : of or relating to handwriting predominantly curved rather than angular

round

adverb

Definition of round (Entry 2 of 6)

: around

round

noun

Definition of round (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round
b(1) : a knot of people
(2) : a circle of things
3 : a musical canon in which each part begins on the same note and is continuously repeated
4a : a rung of a ladder or a chair
b : a rounded molding
5a : a circling or circuitous path or course
b : motion in a circle or a curving path
6a : a route or circuit habitually covered (as by a security guard or police officer)
b : a series of similar or customary calls or stops They were always together, fighting to cure paralysis. An endless round of fundraisers, Congressional testimony.— Diane Sawyer often used in plural You see, in election time local politicians, aspirants for office, have a way of making the rounds of the saloons to get votes.— Jack London… no one … was surprised to see him making the TV news rounds within hours of his announced termination …— Kristi Owram especially : a series of regularly scheduled professional calls on hospital patients made by a doctor or nurse usually used in plural … if laboratory test results are not available to physicians when they make their routine morning rounds, they may have to delay patient management, repeat their rounds at a later time, and perhaps prolong their patients' hospital stays. — David A. Novis and Jane C. Dale
7 : a drink of liquor apiece served at one time to each person in a group I'll buy the next round
8 : a sequence of recurring routine or repetitive actions or events went about my round of chores the newest round of talks
9 : a period of time that recurs in a fixed pattern the daily round
10a : one shot fired by a weapon or by each man in a military unit
b : a unit of ammunition consisting of the parts necessary to fire one shot
11a : a unit of action in a contest or game which comprises a stated period, covers a prescribed distance, includes a specified number of plays, or gives each player one turn
b : a division of a tournament in which each contestant plays an opponent
12 : a prolonged burst (as of applause)
13a : a cut of meat (such as beef) especially between the rump and the lower leg — see beef illustration
b : a slice of food a round of bread
14 : a rounded or curved part
in the round
1 : in full sculptured form unattached to a background
2 : with an inclusive or comprehensive view or representation
3 : with a center stage surrounded by an audience a play presented in the round

round

verb (1)
rounded; rounding; rounds

Definition of round (Entry 4 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : to make round
b(1) : to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\)
(2) : to pronounce with lip rounding : labialize
2a : go around
b : to pass part of the way around
4 : to bring to completion or perfection often used with off or out
5 : to express as a round number often used with off 11.3572 rounded off to two decimal places becomes 11.36

intransitive verb

1a : to become round, plump, or shapely
b : to reach fullness or completion
2 : to follow a winding course : bend
round on
: to turn against : assail

round

preposition

Definition of round (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : around
2 : all during : throughout round the year

round

verb (2)
rounded; rounding; rounds

Definition of round (Entry 6 of 6)

transitive verb

1 archaic : whisper
2 archaic : to speak to in a whisper

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Other Words from round

Adjective

roundness \ ˈrau̇n(d)-​nəs How to pronounce round (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for round

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonspherical
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Examples of round in a Sentence

Adjective The baby has a round face. the owl's big, round eyes a shirt with a round collar Adverb people working there all year round gather round and listen to my story Noun a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam a busy round of parties during the holiday season Preposition talked to voters round the city
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Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Oct. 2021 And now, Black actresses and models are told by casting agents and Hollywood executives that their lips are too full, their behinds are too round, and their noses are too broad. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Novgorod was perfectly round in shape, with a length of 101 feet and a beam of 101 feet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2021 The case showcases Bucherer’s house color of blue within an octagonal mainplate (which is often round), giving collectors a detailed view of the GP01800-1143 automatic movement. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2021 The cakes are round or in the shape of a bone and can be personalized with the dog's name or to accommodate any dietary restrictions a dog may have. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Despite its private-events alter ego, The Electric Belle seems poised to keep Stovehouse a live-music hotspot year round. 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Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Why is Arizona a good place to see hummingbirds year round? Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 Rio is known for its beaches, and thankfully the weather usually cooperates enough to enjoy them year round. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 3 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was actually an improvement on his first round. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 The size of Harry and Meghan's portfolio at Ethic is unknown, but the average account there is believed to be around $2 million, and the average investment during its series B funding round in March was $4.1 million. Ollie A Williams, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 While Smith wasn’t in contention, his final round still registered as eventful. David Kehrli, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 His round was highlighted by birdies on his final two holes. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Anu Duggal, the founding partner of Female Founders Fund, says it’s designed to support women raising their first round, when founder bias is most likely to appear. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 11 Oct. 2021 Schenk recorded his 10th consecutive round in the 60s at the TPC Summerlin, and this started out as one of the tougher days. Doug Ferguson, ajc, 10 Oct. 2021 This past week more people were getting booster shots that were getting their first round of a coronavirus vaccine. Maggie Fox, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 The first photo is a selfie taken from bed, and captures a couple of the side effects Doherty experienced during her first round of treatment in 2015: nosebleeds and exhaustion. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan and BYU round out the top 10. Matt Young, Chron, 3 Oct. 2021 Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, and BYU round out the top 10 . . . BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz round out the voice cast. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 Five bedrooms and seven bathrooms round out the interior, including a primary suite with a steam room and spa tub. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 And Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, Ellen Hollman, and Christina Ricci round out the rest of the cast. Richard Newby, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, and Lesley Stahl (as herself) round out the film's cast. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 1 Sep. 2021 The Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers round out the Top 5 in the NBA.com Western Conference NBA power rankings. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2021 OL Reign are six points behind Portland, while North Carolina and Orlando round out the top four. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition His hands were bound and a concrete block was chained round his neck. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Lawn care businesses in Wellington Kansas have also been working round the clock to contain the infestations with some retailers quickly selling out of pesticides. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Apple and its suppliers and assemblers are supposedly working round the clock to fix the problems. Chris Smith, BGR, 31 Aug. 2021 The pool there had space and chairs for 30 guests, but more than 60 were crammed round it; just one harried server was catering to their drink orders, resulting in hours-long waits. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 Both the baby elephant and her mother are receiving round-the-clock medical attention from the zoo's elephant caretakers. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 No modern president, certainly including Biden, has ever embodied a rally-round-the-flag effect as Bush did after 9/11. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 16 Aug. 2021 Delacruz’s 49kg weight class is first up, starting at 8:50 p.m. (Dallas time), with the medal round a few hours later. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 20 July 2021 This time round its role will be elevated significantly and is tasked with the digital transformation of both the World Cup and the sport’s global governing body, World Rugby. Steve Mccaskill, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Immaculate presentation, swift service and clear dedication round out the Kuuk experience. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Elko had plenty of success last season in the Aggies’ 28-14 victory at Mississippi State — the Bulldogs went backward 2 yards in the rushing game — but Leach’s offense is beginning to round into form in his second season. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021 Is Texas A&M still a contender as its backup quarterback tries to round into form? Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 In the past, the Dodgers needed Kershaw to round into top form for the playoffs for a real chance to win the World Series. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 And then there’s the Boxergrail Rye and the sherry cask-finished Dareringer Bourbon that round out the core lineup. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 24 Sep. 2021 But beyond the likely third-place finisher in Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien, Mullins is part of a large crop who could round out the top five in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s voting. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 23 Sep. 2021 And for technologists with an interest in learning more about business, this is a great time to pursue an MBA, which will round out their knowledge of a specific company’s operations with more generalizable and marketable business skills. Peter Karlson, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Garrett was the No. 2 defensive tackle with Taron Vincent at No. 8 to round out the list. Joe Harrington, The Enquirer, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of round

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Preposition

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for round

Adjective

Middle English round, rounde "spherical, circular, rounded," borrowed from Anglo-French reund, rund, rount, going back to Vulgar Latin *retundus, altered (by presumed vowel dissimilation) from Latin rotundus — more at rotund

Adverb

Middle English, "in a circle," derivative of round, rounde round entry 1

Noun

Middle English rond, round, rounde "spherical body or form, circle," in part derivative of round, rounde round entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French rund, rond (in en rund "round about") and runde (in a la runde "round about"), both nominal derivatives of reund, rund round entry 1

Verb (1)

Middle English rounden "to form a ball, be circular, cut (hair) close around the head," in part derivative of round round entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French runder "to revolve" and Old French rondir "to make round," derivatives of rund, rond round entry 1

Preposition

derivative of round entry 2

Verb (2)

alteration of Middle English rounen, from Old English rūnian; akin to Old English rūn mystery — more at rune

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The first known use of round was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for round

round

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of round

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: shaped like a circle or ball
: shaped like a cylinder
: having curves rather than angles

round

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 2 of 4)

: around
: from beginning to end

round

noun

English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 3 of 4)

: one of a series of similar events
: a series of similar actions, events, or things
: a regular series of activities

round

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of round (Entry 5 of 4)

: around
: all during : throughout

round

adjective
\ ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce round (audio) \
rounder; roundest

Kids Definition of round

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : having every part of the surface or circumference the same distance from the center : shaped like a circle or ball
2 : shaped like a cylinder a round peg
4 : having curves rather than angles round corners
5 : complete entry 1 sense 1, full a round dozen
6 : nearly correct or exact in round numbers
7 : large a good round sum
8 : moving in or forming a circle

Other Words from round

roundish \ ˈrau̇n-​dish \ adjective
roundness noun

round

adverb

Kids Definition of round (Entry 2 of 5)

round

noun

Kids Definition of round (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : a regularly covered route
2 : something (as a circle or globe) that is round
3 : one shot fired by a soldier or a gun
4 : a series or cycle of repeated actions or events a round of talks
5 : a song in which three or four singers sing the same melody and words one after another at intervals
6 : a period of applause
7 : an indirect path
8 : ammunition for one shot
9 : one of the parts into which a contest or game is divided
10 : a cut of beef especially between the rump and the lower leg

round

verb
rounded; rounding

Kids Definition of round (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : to go or pass around I saw her house as I rounded the corner.
2 : to express as a round number He rounded 947 to 950.
3 : to bring to completion They'll round out the season with a win.
4 : to make or become round I rounded off the corners.
round up
1 : to collect (as cattle) by circling in vehicles or on horseback and forcing them in
2 : to gather in or bring together

round

preposition

Kids Definition of round (Entry 5 of 5)

: around entry 2 He travels round the world.

round

intransitive verb
\ ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce round (audio) \

Medical Definition of round

: to go on rounds

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