One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make something more complete.‘his father insisted he went to university to round out his education’
expand, enlarge, add to, round out, elaborate, add detail to, add substance to, flesh out, add flesh to, put flesh on the bones ofView synonyms
- ‘To round things out, add a delicious fall salad and scrumptious pumpkin cheesecake.’
- ‘The tartar sauce had a zippy, homemade taste to it, and both our plates were rounded out well with green salads and ample servings of perfectly nice fries.’
- ‘If you have a full-bodied soup - that is, one that is thick with vegetables and rice or pasta and a bit of meat - you have a meal, which only needs some crusty whole grain bread to round it out.’
- ‘The meatless concoctions were rounded out by lentil salad and yellow split peas cooked with turmeric, ginger and onions.’
- ‘I missed out on a couple of the facts I'd learnt last night, which would have been good to throw in to round things out.’
- ‘I learned as a teenager that if I wanted to lie convincingly and successfully, I had only to believe the lie fervently enough, to round it out in my mind with all attendant details, to give it a primary reality.’
- ‘The waiter did mention that this stew-like dish wasn't served with any accompaniment, and although it was satisfying I sort of missed rice or potatoes to round it out.’
- ‘There's also a subtle humour to the film that rounds it out nicely.’
- ‘Even a short post-script with thoughts on Lincoln's legacy would have rounded the book out nicely.’
- ‘The supplements are rounded out by a trailer and TV spot.’
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