Definition of round about in English:

round about

phrase

  • 1On all sides or in all directions:

    ‘everything round about was covered with snow’
    • ‘He promptly erected an altar from the stones round about, then dedicated the fat, entrails and head of the stag to Artemis and burned the animal as a holocaust.’
    • ‘Besides these, there are the urban and suburban wanderers, or those who follow some itinerant occupation in and round about the large towns.’
    • ‘Outside the Asian school, waiting to pick up the consul's children, he feels the street go still, the shops round about go dead.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the hill forts may have been community storage facilities for grain and livestock, a trading centre, and perhaps a ritual focus, with the important people living round about.’
    • ‘Already he could clearly discern the treetops round about him; but it was in vain that his eye sought the view of the old brown church tower and the weather-worn roofs.’
    • ‘Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the side of thine house; thy children like olive plants round about thy table.’
    • ‘Pray, Mrs. Tremlett, do you know any thing about the factory people that work in all these great ugly buildings round about Ashleigh?’
    • ‘He was no hearty admirer of the Cambridge landscape - in the poem he avoids it with some ingenuity and confines himself to the names of the villages round about.’
    • ‘They have set up night schools in villages round about to offer education suitable for rural life, rather than the alien curriculum offered by official schools.’
    • ‘Now they are crowded round about us, trying to get a grandstand view.’
  • 2At a point or time approximately equal to:

    ‘they arrived round about nine’
    ‘compasses were first added to sundials round about the end of the fourteenth century’
    • ‘If you take a trip down to Cornwall round about now you'll find that many of the county's resorts and tourist attractions, far from suffering a foot and mouth-induced tourist drain, are flourishing.’
    • ‘We're also getting a significant amount of money from industry, probably round about the same as the government's putting in, $20-million or so.’
    • ‘It was round about this time that Haydn was able to see some of his works which he praised highly, citing the young composer as an ‘outstanding talent’.’
    • ‘Bringing in round about $2m annually, tourism has contributed the most to the economy's scant prosperity.’
    • ‘If any such deal is in the offing, expect it round about the time shareholders need an extra boost.’
    • ‘He has often been supposed to be the ‘Fair Youth’ of Shakespeare's Sonnets, most of which may well have been written round about 1593-6, though they may have been revised and reordered around 1602.’
    • ‘Some of the reviewers when the book appeared seemed to find evidence for a sudden conversion round about 1934, but his disgust for earthly things is displayed over and over again in his early novels.’
    • ‘The telephone rang at round about half-past three in the morning.’
    • ‘On their third dive, round about 3pm, they headed off together and were last spotted swimming calmly 12m down.’
    • ‘I set the hotel clock to wake us up round about 7 ‘o’ clock.’
    approximately, about, around, roughly, in the neighbourhood of, in the area of, of the order of, just about, something like, more or less, as near as dammit to, close to, near to, practically
    or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, give or take a few, plus or minus a few, give or take a bit, in round numbers
    not far off, nearly, almost, approaching
    getting on for
    plus-minus
    circa
    in the ballpark of
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    1. 2.1 Approximately:
      ‘we raised round about half a million dollars’
      ‘round about 10,000 homes were affected’
      • ‘Only round about seven per cent of those who have horses or have access to horses ride to hounds.’
      • ‘Round about 1.35 million sheep were exported or moved during the month of February.’
      • ‘The backlog of claims, I think, is down to round about 10,000.’
      • ‘Bringing in round about $2m annually, tourism has contributed the most to the economy's prosperity.’
      • ‘The limiting factor is clearly the interface but at round about 1GB per minute, the transfer speed is reasonable.’
      • ‘The total area is probably about 30,000 square miles and the total population round about 200,000.’
      • ‘By comparison for example, the hydrocarbon business is growing at round about 2% per annum.’
      • ‘He replied that the Government was increasing investment "by round about half-a-billion pounds over the next few years".’
      • ‘They have been made what we think is a generous offer, round about a ten per cent increase in pay over two years.’
      • ‘The budget that the Commissioner manages is round about £2.5 billion.’
      • ‘The amount the government spends on the NHS is round about two-thirds of that in France and Germany and half of what the USA spends, as a percentage of our national income.’
      • ‘For the same car, but with circa 40k on the clock, you'd be looking at round about 24k from a dealer, but I'd be inclined to try to push that down a bit.’
      roughly, about, around, just about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, of the order of, something like, in round numbers, rounded down, rounded up
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