Definition of come round in English:

come round

(US come around)

phrasal verb

  • 1Recover consciousness.

    ‘I'd just come round from a drunken stupor’
    • ‘She was rushed unconscious to Southend Hospital, but quickly responded to treatment and came round after a few minutes.’
    • ‘He lost consciousness momentarily and came round to find his attacker had been pulled off him.’
    • ‘Thankfully he did come round fairly quickly and the truth of the situation began to dawn on us.’
    • ‘I felt a bit sleepy after coming round from the anaesthetic, but not sick.’
    • ‘The seriously-injured man had lost consciousness but had come round again by the time police arrived.’
    • ‘Then he remembered nothing apart from a brief moment of consciousness in an ambulance until he came round in York Hospital with a fractured skull.’
    • ‘She lost consciousness and next remembered coming round on the floor being roused by him and two ambulancemen.’
    • ‘She undoubtedly lost consciousness and when she came round, she was in a state of abject terror and hysteria.’
    regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come to, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, revive, awake, wake up
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  • 2Be converted to another person's opinion.

    ‘I came round to her point of view’
    • ‘The more he puts his case as superbly as he did last Tuesday, the more public opinion will come round as well.’
    • ‘There's considerable evidence that the public are coming round to our way of thinking on a wide range of issues.’
    • ‘However, by the 1960s I had several colleagues who were great fans, and public opinion gradually came round to the view that he had been foolish rather than wicked.’
    • ‘Public opinion is rapidly coming round to the idea that it was seriously misled.’
    • ‘The differences between the two sports far outweigh the resemblances - an opinion I came round to about a year ago when I first entered a squash hall.’
    • ‘Public opinion too had come round in favour of continuing broadcasting as a monopoly in the custody of the BBC, and there was no opposition to its transformation into a corporation at the end of the following year.’
    • ‘When he announced his intention, towards the end of his days at Oxford, to become a rabbi, his mother accused him of doing it to spite them, although she came round quickly.’
    • ‘I am coming round more and more to questioning whether we need a set, when we should be getting back to examining what the text really is and how we can present it to a modern audience.’
    • ‘I have a feeling though that, Scotsmen aside, at long last public opinion may have finally come round to my point of view, which is why I venture to raise the issue once again.’
    • ‘I thought at the time that the cartoon was the usual poisonous attempt to shift blame, but I'm coming round to the opinion that there was some merit in the cartoon after all.’
    be converted, be converted to, be won over, be won over by, agree, agree with, change one's mind, be persuaded, be persuaded by, give way, give way to, yield, yield to, relent, concede, grant
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  • 3(of a date or regular occurrence) recur; be imminent again.

    ‘Friday had come round so quickly’
    • ‘The worrying thing about getting older is that it all seems to come round again so much more quickly.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We've got the June elections coming round so we are putting a big amount of national effort into that.’’
    • ‘Rehearsals went by smoothly and lunch came round pretty quickly.’
    • ‘He believes his side will benefit from a week's rest and may yet prevail if they still have a chance by the time the last round of matches comes round.’
    • ‘Friday has come round quite quickly and I'm excited at the thought of being reunited with my family.’
    • ‘He said that matron provided training for new members of staff until the regular annual training came round.’
    occur, take place, happen, come up, crop up, arise
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