Definition of round in English:



  • 1Shaped like or approximately like a circle or cylinder.

    ‘she was seated at a small, round table’
    • ‘In the center was a perfectly round hole, also three-quarters of an inch.’
    • ‘Marie was sitting at one of the small round tables surrounding the dance floor.’
    • ‘A small " perfectly round hole " was found in the glass, which was crazed.’
    • ‘I could see the fear etched across her small round face.’
    • ‘The Emperor Augustus had built a round shrine in front of it to put a Roman hallmark on Greece.’
    • ‘Each door has a small round window and on the walls hang life buoys.’
    • ‘He saluted and adjusted his large round wire rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘A faint light shone from the small round window on the door.’
    • ‘Without really thinking about it, she drew a huge, round circle on the page.’
    • ‘His eyes look huge behind those rosy round spectacles.’
    • ‘A small round table at one end and a book stand next to it.’
    • ‘He takes off his small round glasses, wipes away the mist.’
    • ‘Blake was sitting at one of the round tables, staring into thin air.’
    • ‘The circle, on a hilltop setting, is nearly perfectly round, with a diameter of 33 m.’
    • ‘Ebony woke to see the morning sun light just coming through the small round window.’
    • ‘She had large, round gold earrings that she always wore.’
    • ‘In front of the fireplace sat a round card table, covered by a green cloth, and flanked by four plush, green leather upholstered wingback chairs.’
    • ‘It is also a town with an impressive heritage - an ancient church and round tower and a large enclosed medieval castle, some of which has been re-roofed.’
    • ‘I read each label on the round cylinders and the vials within.’
    • ‘The 40 rooms are small round huts with thatched roofs rising to a central spire.’
    circular, disc-shaped, disc-like
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    1. 1.1Having a curved shape like part of the circumference of a circle.
      ‘round arches’
      • ‘Her hair was combed neatly, and her nails were nicely trimmed to make perfect round shapes.’
      • ‘They slid into a round booth next to a French window.’
      • ‘She sat down on the rock and unbuckled her shoe which was black with a round toe and a chunky heel, rather like a boot that'd had the top cut off it.’
      • ‘This has a vaulted ceiling supported on round arches.’
      • ‘Thick green grass lined a small, almost perfectly round curve along the bank of a stream, a small waterfall splashing softly thirty feet away.’
      • ‘The second floor was raised on round arches and supported a balcony resting on a row of buttresses forming an eaveslike projection.’
      • ‘Byzantine architecture is distinguished by its use of the round arch, cross, circle, dome, and rich mosaic ornament.’
  • 2Shaped like or approximately like a sphere.

    ‘a round glass ball’
    ‘the grapes are small and round’
    • ‘He reached into his pocket and brought forth a small round sphere.’
    • ‘That day I had worn this thick cotton quilted coat and pants that my mother had made me, and I looked like a round snowball.’
    • ‘Tidily stacked on the shelves are round cabbages, stripped of their rough outer leaves, and a basket of glossy apples; bright seemly rotundities.’
    • ‘I mean, melons come in all shapes and sizes - are we talking about little round gala melons or bloody big watermelons here?’
    • ‘As it opened a small round object rolled out of it.’
    • ‘Slowly people left, and just as slowly the park darkened and the quaint round lanterns set around the circle flickered into life.’
    • ‘Elizabeth reached her arm out of the shop door and picked up a heavy, round stone.’
    • ‘Some dolls had cloth bodies with a small round gourd, acorn, or apple for a head.’
    • ‘It was round and spherical, with a deep groove on one side.’
    • ‘Baseball is more than round balls and base runs; it can also involve branding, design, and typography.’
    • ‘Her words rise toward the surface in bright, round bubbles.’
    • ‘Then suddenly, he pulled the pinchers out, and in their serrated grasp was a perfectly round lead musket ball.’
    1. 2.1(of a person's body) plump.
      • ‘An old man with white hair came waddling out of the cottage, followed by a plump, round woman with rosy cheeks.’
      • ‘The round man blinked and adjusted his small circular glasses.’
      • ‘The round old man hurried to their side, eyeing the mix, taking a tentative mouthful of it.’
      • ‘Jasmine kissed him on his bruised lips and pressed as much of her round body against him as she could.’
      • ‘Lennie is a big man with great strength; his body and features are round and undefined.’
      • ‘She wore baggy shirts and tight pants which only accentuated her round figure.’
      • ‘Richard Greene, a short, rather round man with thinning dirty-blonde hair, chuckled.’
      • ‘I thought of her round shape, her smiling eyes, and I couldn't help feeling warm inside.’
      • ‘Josh Jones was a short, round man with a high-pitched voice and a constant grin.’
      • ‘Sheriff T.C. Wynn was a tall, round man with thick, shaded glasses and jet black hair that was graying at his temples.’
      • ‘Mr. Roberts was very bald, very round, had very thick glasses, and looked very hungry.’
      • ‘Alex had naturally blond hair that was almost white, a perfect tan, a short and round frame that made her look chunky in certain outfits, and green eyes.’
      • ‘The rather round boy was identified as Paul and the freckly boy as Jake.’
      • ‘His round body was only slightly taller than her own.’
      • ‘A genuinely happy and rather round nurse bustled over to her.’
      • ‘Uncle August was married to my Aunt Avice, a pudgy and round sort of woman.’
      plump, chubby, fat, stout, rotund, roly-poly, fattish, portly, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, overweight, heavy, pot-bellied, beer-bellied, paunchy, falstaffian
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    2. 2.2Having a curved surface with no sharp or jagged projections.
      ‘the boulders look round and smooth’
      • ‘Why are rocks found near rivers mostly smooth and round?’
      • ‘I felt my hand being pressed against a smooth, round mound.’
      • ‘The catalyst comprises a support containing palladium and silver and having a uniformly round external surface.’
      • ‘A large, round, smooth rock protruded suddenly a few feet past a break in the forest.’
  • 3(of a voice) rich and mellow; not harsh.

    • ‘‘I always like champagne in the afternoon,’ he informed me in his rich round voice.’
    • ‘She spoke without any apparent accent, in a round voice filled with soft vowels and smooth consonants.’
    • ‘He speaks this language like every other American, with a deep round voice that seems to come from somewhere below his knees.’
    sonorous, resonant, rich, full, full-toned, full-bodied, mellow, mellifluous, rounded, reverberant, orotund
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  • 4[attributive] (of a number) altered for convenience of expression or calculation, for example to the nearest whole number or multiple of ten or five.

    ‘the size of the fleet is given in round numbers’
    • ‘Can you put a round figure on the kind of government investment you're going to need to get this up and running?’
    • ‘The store manager saw on the daily transaction report that something was wrong, because it displayed an odd dollar amount rather than a round multiple of 20.’
    • ‘Do you think the company could string things out long enough for the fine to reach a nice, round billion dollars?’
    • ‘We could easily have taken more - but I wanted a nice, round number.’
    • ‘However, for the purposes of argument, let's stick with a million as a nice round figure.’
    • ‘They were confused by our round sum of $25,000,000.’
    • ‘However other American railways used different gauges. 4 foot 10 inches was popular, and in the South a round 5 foot was often used.’
    1. 4.1Used to show that a figure has been completely and exactly reached.
      ‘a round dozen’
      • ‘Strauss, who made a round 50 on Tuesday, was the only England batsman to pass 45 runs in the match.’
      • ‘His output under his own name reached a round 200 novels.’
      • ‘The network of offices reached a round dozen this year.’
      complete, entire, whole, full, undivided, unbroken
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    2. 4.2archaic (of a sum of money) considerable.
      ‘his business is worth a round sum to me’
      • ‘As to the money raised by local subscription, no definite apportionment has yet been made but we understand that Woodhouse will receive a good round sum.’
  • 5archaic (of a person or their manner of speaking) not omitting or disguising anything; frank and truthful.

    ‘she berated him in good round terms’
    candid, frank, direct, honest, truthful, straightforward, plain, plain-spoken, blunt, outspoken, forthright, downright, unvarnished, bald, straight from the shoulder, explicit, unequivocal
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  • 1A circular piece of a particular substance.

    ‘cut the pastry into rounds’
    • ‘Working carefully, I slid a thin knife under the wax rounds, popping them off in one piece.’
    • ‘Cannon says they were developed for adults to either snack on right out of the bag or use on a party tray with crackers or small bread rounds.’
    • ‘I smiled and put a dozen hot kugel tarts, dense rounds of potato and salt and oil, to drain on a paper towel near her.’
    • ‘Wendy had bowls and soup spoons laid out, and gracing the center of the table was a large round of crusty bread, still warm from the oven.’
    • ‘We rolled the huge rounds into the old wood shed.’
    • ‘All meals are accompanied with large rounds of flat bread.’
    • ‘We started with the meat patty, as that was a simple round.’
    circle, disc, circlet
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    1. 1.1A thick disk of beef cut from the haunch as a joint.
      • ‘I would appreciate some information on how to cook an inside round of beef using a slow cook method.’
      • ‘Take a round of fresh beef (or the half of one if it is very large) and remove the bone.’
      • ‘Nutrient composition data are available for four lean cuts of bison: rib-eye, clod, top round and top sirloin.’
  • 2An act of visiting each of a number of people or places.

    ‘she did the rounds of her family to say goodbye’
    ‘he made the rounds of the city's churches’
    • ‘I made the rounds visiting all my friends and the new exhibit of the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection.’
    • ‘When he was 20, Lewis made the rounds of Nashville's country career-makers.’
    • ‘For Dom, Kodak's capitulation proved to be the start of a busy round of newspaper and TV interviews for the IT contractor.’
    • ‘Intrigued, and in no particular rush I decided to talk to her before making my rounds of the town.’
    • ‘In fact, the officer classes seem to have been engaged in a constant round of visits.’
    • ‘From there it was easy sneaking past the random guards making their rounds through the mansion.’
    • ‘His first night on the job the old night watchman gives him a tour, showing Martin the rounds he must make.’
    • ‘Rather than have a separate sales staff, Sun's 12,000 sales reps also will sell software on their rounds.’
    • ‘He's been doing the rounds of the newspapers portraying himself as the victim of press intrusion into his private life, and discoursing on identity and being proud to be English.’
    • ‘Many roads were damaged and the waste trucks were having a hard time making their rounds.’
    • ‘He is making the rounds of all the mystery conventions, taking bows for his long and prosperous career, which may be winding down a bit after all these years.’
    • ‘The patrollers generally made their rounds at night, with their activity and regularity differing according to time and place.’
    • ‘They had slipped away for a week in the Lake District, made the rounds of London society arm in arm.’
    • ‘Sara made the rounds of a few of the commands around the perimeter of the valley, attending to last-minute details.’
    • ‘He had put everything away in cupboards and drawers and he had not been back since the cleaning staff had made their rounds.’
    • ‘Passing from room to room through a volley of slaps on the back, friendly kisses and a beer or two he did the rounds, drinking with friends and hiding from his family.’
    • ‘An energetic round of theatre visits kept her in touch with the latest in dramatic writing and performance.’
    • ‘Guards patrolled the floor around the grate, one of them made his round through the grate-lifting room, checking it frequently.’
    • ‘As he did his rounds, he was enjoined to try a piece of pie here, have some cider there, some roast meat, some cake.’
    • ‘I made the rounds of the cabin to see if any of the guys wanted to come with me and Dutchie.’
    1. 2.1A tour of inspection, typically repeated regularly, in which the safety or well-being of those visited is checked.
      ‘the doctor is just making his rounds in the wards’
      • ‘The other flight attendants continued making their rounds.’
      • ‘Katherine forced herself to move and continue on her rounds, encouraging tired and listless men.’
      • ‘When on his rounds in the African hospital, he had been known to look at some minor injury to a hand or foot and then utter the dread words, ‘That will have to come off!’’
      • ‘She glanced up and down the hallway, checking for night nurses making their rounds.’
      • ‘The jingle of keys rings out as the guard makes his rounds.’
      • ‘Her own father was a local doctor who would take her with him on his rounds.’
      • ‘For as long as I could remember Doc Harris had been making his rounds in his trap with Lady, the grey mare.’
      • ‘The residence staff does sick rounds at six thirty, and the breakfast bell rings at seven.’
      • ‘The doctor is on his rounds now, and he can't waste any time.’
      • ‘That might include a doctor who takes her Tablet PC along for her morning rounds, an insurance agent, or even a package delivery person.’
      circuit, beat, course, route
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  • 3One of a sequence of sessions or groups of related actions or events, typically such that development or progress can be seen between one group and another.

    ‘the two sides held three rounds of talks’
    • ‘The talks will be this year's third round of negotiations, and the 11 th overall.’
    • ‘They held a third round of talks in Beijing last week.’
    • ‘Investment in education in general, and in particular school education would play a vital role in the next round of development.’
    • ‘Individual politicians can never be held responsible for falling policies, due to the endless rounds of talks that precede decisions in which all parties, more or less have to agree in the end.’
    • ‘The six nations agreed to hold the next round of talks in early November in Beijing.’
    • ‘A new round of global trade negotiations is moving closer to being launched, as the six-day ministerial meeting in Doha draws to a close.’
    • ‘It comes on the heels of a successful November launch of a new round of global trade talks.’
    • ‘In a second round of personal interviews, participants recalled critical incidents of using information from the Web.’
    • ‘Even more to the point, it makes you wonder how on earth it got past the usual film-industry round of development meetings and off the ground.’
    • ‘The senior officials have so far held three rounds of preparatory meetings this year.’
    • ‘His first move will be to inject energy into the round of global trade negotiations that was launched last November in Doha, Qatar.’
    • ‘Australia and Singapore have begun a second round of bilateral trade talks in Canberra, and are aiming to sign a free trade pact by the end of the year.’
    • ‘Mandela believed agreement would be reached in the next, final round of negotiations in July.’
    spell, period, time, stretch, stint, turn, run, session, cycle
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    1. 3.1A division of a contest such as a boxing or wrestling match.
      • ‘He looked tattered and damp, as if he'd just done ten rounds of mud wrestling.’
      • ‘Haley and I sat on the swings, while Chad and Dominic continued their tiebreaker round of wrestling.’
      • ‘He and Jones knew each other from way back and had fought some close rounds as amateurs.’
      • ‘I won one of the rounds, but she outscored me in the end.’
      • ‘Worse than that is when Taylor prevents the timekeeper from ending the round during the big fight.’
      contest, match, heat, competition, tournament, event, meeting, meet, fixture, game
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    2. 3.2One of a succession of stages in a sporting contest or other competition, in each of which more candidates are eliminated.
      ‘the playoffs in the second round’
      • ‘The first time he entered, he was eliminated after the first round.’
      • ‘It had been rather emotional for those groups that were eliminated in the second round.’
      • ‘We feel sure that we've made it into the next round of the competition.’
      • ‘In 2002 they reached the fourth round of the qualifiers against Kerry, and felt like they had finally arrived.’
      • ‘The Warriors will face the host team from York this morning before moving on to tomorrow's elimination round.’
      • ‘The women went into Sunday's playoff round pleased with their overall play.’
      • ‘This is the first round where the contestants are partnerless.’
      • ‘Up to eighteen pianists will advance to the semifinal round, where each will present a program of no more than twenty minutes.’
      • ‘As mentioned last week, we still don't have a clear third place winner for this round of the contest.’
      • ‘I didn't get past the second round so my last song was never performed.’
      • ‘Shelbourne is the first Irish league team to reach the final qualifying round since the beginning of the competition.’
      • ‘The competition consists of three rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final.’
      • ‘But all the same, it was a win and it guaranteed Wilson a spot in the next round.’
      • ‘In the first round of the play-offs they faced the Oakland Athletics.’
      • ‘As many as twenty six rounds of negotiations were held between the Akali Dal and the government.’
      • ‘The tournament will have five rounds, one on the Thursday evening, two on the Friday (morning and evening), one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday.’
      • ‘After that, we'll play in the first round of the conference tournament.’
      • ‘Five ‘semi-finalists’ were chosen to move into the second round of the demolition derby.’
      • ‘Town's passage follows that of Harrogate Railway Athletic, who also reached the third qualifying round 24 hours earlier.’
      stage, level
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    3. 3.3An act of playing all the holes in a golf course once.
      ‘Eileen enjoys the occasional round of golf’
      • ‘A round of gold at Erinvale Golf Course, at the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, is unmissable.’
      • ‘In certain instances students met with their industry mentors while playing a round of golf.’
      • ‘They just showed up once a quarter for a round of golf and a casual perusal of the books.’
      • ‘Once the round of golf is over, the brothers can relax in the hotel's leisure complex.’
      • ‘But he is also described as a ‘personable’ guy who enjoys a round of golf and a drink.’
      • ‘So much business has been conducted over a round of golf that it's almost cliche.’
      • ‘A horse riding excursion through the New Forest can also be arranged as can a round of golf on the nine-hole course or on one of the ten nearby courses.’
      • ‘I like to play a round of golf, to potter around the garden, and visit markets.’
      • ‘Although he was about to turn 90, he looked trim and fit and boasted he had just returned from a robust round of golf at a nearby course.’
      • ‘We play the last round of the reunion tour golf championship.’
      • ‘The Old Head is one of the most expensive courses in Ireland: green fees are €250 for a round of golf.’
      • ‘Brennan said that while most GPs like to think they are not being influenced, the reality was that a meal or a round of golf did influence their choices.’
      • ‘The lead seesawed between the two of them for much of the round, before John went ahead to stay after the 16th hole of the round.’
      • ‘Anyone who has played a round of golf will know how delays can frustrate anyone's best day on the links.’
      • ‘It's perfect for kids - or kids at heart who don't have time to play a full 18-hole round.’
      • ‘They will play four rounds of golf in one day.’
      • ‘The Scot began yesterday's round with a par that gave no indication of what was to come.’
      • ‘One weekend, a group of friends decide that they aren't going to play the usual round of golf.’
      • ‘He had been to the club, got in a round of golf, had an excellent buffet breakfast, and then headed home.’
      • ‘The trips involved an overnight stay, a meal and a round of golf.’
  • 4A regularly recurring sequence of activities or functions.

    ‘their lives were a daily round of housework and laundry’
    • ‘Festivities at Christmas, Easter, and May Day, at the end of ploughing and the completion of harvest, relieved the monotony of the daily round of labor.’
    • ‘She is doing a little royal work and doing it well, but will not take on a full-time round of royal engagements.’
    • ‘For expats, life's an endless round of parties.’
    • ‘Because my memory is so terrible, sometimes I want to write about a certain part of the daily round so I won't forget about it.’
    succession, sequence, series, cycle
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    1. 4.1Music A song for three or more unaccompanied voices or parts, each singing the same theme but starting one after another, at the same pitch or in octaves; a simple canon.
      • ‘Its ancestry is in the madrigal, the round, the glee (which fostered numerous glee clubs), and the partsong.’
      • ‘Their older brothers and sisters performed the Jewish song Shalom Chaverim, sung as a round.’
      • ‘The a cappella style of vocals that sit on top of each other is like listening to a band whose main musical influences are the playground rhymes and infant school rounds rather than actual songs.’
      • ‘The same loop has been started at different times on each monitor, in the manner of a ceaseless musical round, or canon.’
      • ‘We sang songs in rounds, back and forth with our own echoes.’
    2. 4.2A set of drinks bought for all the members of a group, typically as part of a sequence in which each member in turn buys such a set.
      ‘it's my round’
      • ‘I went over to them and said, ‘I apologise’, and I bought them a round of drinks.’
      • ‘Buying a round of drinks can get pretty steep sometimes.’
      • ‘Betty walked over to give Jess and Phoebe their next round of drinks.’
      • ‘We park ourselves at the bar and order another round of drinks.’
      • ‘Whenever someone has money, they invite their friends to go out to a neighborhood bar for a round of drinks.’
      • ‘They called over the bartender and ordered a round of beers.’
      • ‘Hopefully, one of them will buy the first round of drinks.’
      • ‘One group had gone through a couple of rounds of pints in the time that it had taken him to get served.’
      • ‘After a few rounds of the sugary drink, the girls got quite giggly and decided that what we really needed was a game of Truth or Dare.’
      • ‘Anyone joining a group of drinkers immediately buys a round of drinks for everyone at the table.’
      • ‘She distracted Annie from more questions by ordering around round of drinks for everyone.’
      • ‘After a few more rounds of drinks, I began to get lightheaded and figured I'd better stop drinking.’
      • ‘Another round of drinks and she was stumbling around with the rest of them.’
      • ‘After the revolution, newly hired workers no longer had to buy a round of drinks for their mates, and they no longer drank in honor of their bosses.’
      • ‘We order a round of drinks and then I head out to the dance floor.’
      • ‘Andrew was at the bar, ordering a round of drinks for them all.’
      • ‘He walked smoothly towards the bar to get another round of drinks.’
      • ‘I'll even promise a round of drinks for the staff the next time I'm in London.’
      • ‘Though she wasn't drinking anything harder than mineral water, Isabelle took her turn in buying a round of drinks.’
      • ‘She can't go blabbing out secrets after the third round of drinks.’
  • 5A measured quantity or number of something, in particular.

    1. 5.1The amount of ammunition needed to fire one shot.
      • ‘The directional pad is used for zooming in on targets, and the trigger buttons fire rounds of ammunition.’
      • ‘What impresses them is if I go out to my balcony in the middle of the night and fire off three rounds from my rifle.’
      • ‘We shot several rounds of high-explosive ammunition into the area.’
      • ‘I have been to a gun club and I have fired off rounds for kicks.’
      • ‘The pilot directs the vehicle, and the gunner has a full 360° control of the turret which can either fire machine gun rounds, or mortars.’
      • ‘So she angled the gun around the corner and fired several rounds before she heard the man go down.’
      • ‘You can even attempt to subdue a suspect by flashing your badge or firing a couple of rounds into the air in hopes of scaring the sucker into compliance.’
      • ‘My gun snapped up, and I squeezed off a quick burst of silenced rounds even before his gun was halfway up.’
      • ‘The 8th Air Force had fired 99 million rounds of ammunition during these flights and it is thought that 20,000 German planes were destroyed.’
      • ‘In the initial 30 seconds I would say that a hundred rounds were fired at the crowd.’
      • ‘From a distance of about six feet, he aims the shotgun at Danny's side and fires off a round.’
      • ‘Three hand grenades, four revolvers, one rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition had been found.’
      • ‘All the men were dressed in fatigues, and carried side arms and carried a number of rounds for the side arms as well as the rifles that they carried.’
      • ‘This was a large calibre assault rifle which could fire up to 1200 rounds per minute.’
      • ‘The rate of fire for the gun was 250-300 rounds per minute.’
      • ‘Insurgents spotted the jam and launched three mortar rounds.’
      • ‘In 1885, Maxim developed a single-barrel weapon that could fire 500 rounds of ammunition a minute.’
      • ‘His father fired a few rounds into the plastic dummy.’
      • ‘Julie raised her gun and fired off a few rounds at the men above.’
      • ‘Then, suddenly, there is a different sound - the gut-churning crack of live rounds being fired.’
      bullet, cartridge, shell, shot
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    2. 5.2Archery A fixed number of arrows shot from a fixed distance.
      • ‘She did a whole round of arrows, perfect shots every single time - straight to the bull's eye.’






  • 1Pass and go around (something) so as to move on in a changed direction.

    ‘the ship rounded the cape and sailed north’
    • ‘Then the carriage began to move, and he lost sight of her as they rounded a bend.’
    • ‘As we rounded a curve, a truck weaved halfway into our lane.’
    • ‘Jack and Angela rounded the corner three blocks away from their houses.’
    • ‘By the end of the third day, the ship had rounded the cape.’
    • ‘We rounded the curve, and the corridor came to an abrupt halt.’
    • ‘As I rounded yet another bend in the road, the wind picked up.’
    • ‘She moved through an office door and rounded the corner to the employee lounge.’
    • ‘Another group of policemen round a corner to find a car alarm blaring and a window smashed, with the cause of the mayhem nowhere to be found.’
    • ‘The soldiers rounded the corner and stopped in front of the party.’
    • ‘A moment later, the vehicle appeared, rounding a curve up ahead.’
    • ‘The older couple glanced at them all, then proceeded down the corridor, rounding the corner as they walked to the elevators.’
    • ‘They passed the great papyrus swamps the next day and rounded the point which marked the edge of the Canopus mouth of the Nile.’
    • ‘Turning to the street, he saw another cab rounding the corner.’
    • ‘He looked up at Emily, who was now rounding the table towards him.’
    • ‘He dribbled past three French players, before rounding the goalkeeper to score.’
    • ‘‘Remember if you need anything, just ask Christa,’ he called to Jared before rounding the house.’
    • ‘Through the kitchen door, I see her round the bottom of the stairs and lean against the banister.’
    • ‘They rounded a bend and saw pale light at the end of the vent.’
    • ‘There was something willowy in the way she swung her slender hips the slightest bit as she rounded a table.’
    • ‘Johnson wrapped the game up when he beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper.’
    go round, move round, travel round, sail round, circumnavigate
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  • 2Alter (a number) to one less exact but more convenient for calculations.

    ‘we'll round the weight up to the nearest pound’
    ‘the committee rounded down the figure’
    ‘let's just round it off to an even ten dollars’
    • ‘Thus, using this value is a bit like rounding off your own weight to the nearest hundred pounds.’
    • ‘This bracket will be rounded down to the nearest $50 for joint returns and head of household returns.’
    • ‘In writing down the score, all scores are divided by 10 with fractions rounded down.’
    • ‘It was prespecified that stock market figures would be rounded up or down as appropriate.’
    • ‘Income and gains should be rounded down to the nearest pound, while tax credits and deductions should be rounded up to the nearest pound.’
    • ‘Under the act, prices for such items as television licences and permits have to be rounded down to the nearest convenient amount below the exact euro equivalent.’
    • ‘Converting to inches and rounding up, footing dimensions of 14 X 14 inches will be adequate.’
    • ‘We rounded down, so the worst loss is also the net loss.’
    • ‘Oracle wants customers to multiply the number of processors cores in a system by .75 and then round up to the next whole number regardless of the fraction.’
    • ‘Round the result to the nearest 10 points (numbers ending in 5 are rounded upwards).’
    • ‘What pure scientific purpose is served by rounding the number up to 100,000?’
  • 3Give a round shape to.

    ‘a lathe that rounded chair legs’
    • ‘To deepen the stretch, slowly extend arms and round spine forward, letting the weight of the torso fall forward.’
    1. 3.1[no object]Become circular in shape.
      ‘her eyes rounded in dismay’
      • ‘‘What do you mean?’ she asked, her blue eyes, rounding in question.’
      • ‘I muttered under my breath, my almond shaped eyes rounding to replicate saucers.’
    2. 3.2Phonetics Pronounce (a vowel) with the lips narrowed and protruded.
      • ‘Most Australians can achieve this accent by ‘rounding the vowels’ and concentrating on speaking ‘properly’.’
      • ‘She speaks very fast, with a Spanish accent that rounds her vowels.’
      • ‘If he rounds his vowels a bit more his accent will drop.’


On the difference in use between round and around, see around


  • in the round

    • 1(of sculpture) standing free with all sides shown, rather than carved in relief against a ground.

      • ‘Also carved in the round is a seated female figure just over one inch in height.’
      • ‘Whether in reliefs or figures carved in the round, he achieved dramatic expression of emotion through the intense faces, emphatic gestures, and cascading draperies of his figures.’
      • ‘They are not sculpture in the round, but the pieces can be viewed from either side.’
      • ‘The turn from relief to sculpture in the round led to radical changes in his work.’
      • ‘Standing just 36 cm high, and carved in the round, the model for the Queen Charlotte's figurehead is a tour de force of the woodcarver's art, although its maker's name is as yet unknown.’
      1. 1.1Treated fully and thoroughly; with all aspects shown or considered.
        ‘to understand social phenomena one must see them in the round’
        • ‘When taken in the round, then, it is clear that the case for small farms is a strong one, and must be made loudly and persistently if the rural economy is to change for the better.’
        • ‘The governments in the past have not had much of an appetite for dealing with things in the round.’
        • ‘All the evidence should have been looked at in the round.’
        • ‘But where there is any element of ambiguity the inquiry must look at all relevant facts and circumstances in the round.’
        • ‘However, the person's conduct must also be considered in context and in the round.’
        • ‘The adjudicator must look at all of the material in the round and see whether he is persuaded of the claim.’
        • ‘The question of exceptional circumstances must therefore be considered in the round.’
        • ‘The process must be viewed in the round, and not on a pupil by pupil basis, and chambers may well see an advantage in developing close relationships with pupils who plan to practise as employed barristers or to practise overseas.’
        • ‘Taken in the round, this project has shown that sustainable farming really can work, even in the most hostile conditions.’
        • ‘His worldly-wise, amused, delicately cynical narrators observe characters in the round, identifying qualities that edify but which are muddied by foibles, peccadilloes, and, once in a while, mortal sins.’
    • 2(of a theatrical performance) with the audience placed on at least three sides of the stage.

      • ‘Because of the vagaries of Irish weather the opera is performed in a five hundred-seater marquee with a central stage, making it opera in the round.’
      • ‘Theatre, in the round, is not my favourite venue for an evening's entertainment but, after last night, I begin to realise how effective it can be when it is under control of a man who knows how to handle it to its maximum advantage’
      • ‘The director presented one of the few instances in my life where theatre in the round has succeeded.’
      • ‘Theatre in the round, opera in the park and lunchtime concerts in the workplace are all examples of venues that can transform and regenerate the whole experience of performance.’
      • ‘Played in the round and without an interval, it is harrowing but it is also a totally engrossing piece of theatre.’
      • ‘Like most plays, it loses by being presented in the round.’
      • ‘The opera will be performed in the round, in two acts with an hour-long interval to allow for picnics on the lawn or a stroll through the gardens of the Georgian mansion.’
      • ‘This show would be fun when seated in the round, in a smaller space, with a drink in hand.’
      • ‘Some of the ballets were designed to be danced in the round, and that is incredible training for a dancer.’
      • ‘The play was done in the company's Bingham Theatre, which is in the round, the hardest kind of space for a stage director to work in.’
  • make (or go) the rounds

    • (of a story or joke) be passed on from person to person.

      • ‘I'd like to know because it was certainly a story that went the rounds among schoolboys in my day.’
      • ‘There was a story going the rounds about one of the European shift bosses who was invited to the Lewises for lunch, to sample one of Jane's home made Cornish pasties.’
      • ‘There was another story going the rounds, concerning Don Venus.’
      • ‘However if only half of what is going the rounds right now has even a semblance of credence to it then it would seem that there are problems to be ironed out.’
      • ‘However, there are also contrary rumors going the rounds.’
      • ‘The stories of intimidation and straightforward fraud are still going the rounds.’
      • ‘The latest Churchill story going the rounds has to do with a stuffy young Foreign Office secretary who had the job of ‘vetting’ the then Prime Minister's magnificent speeches.’
      • ‘However, a rumour went the rounds in November 1870 that he had recently married.’
      • ‘A story went the rounds of one agent who went to a café and asked for a café noir - this was a mistake, because a café noir was the only kind available, milk being rationed, and his ‘cover’ was blown.’
      • ‘There was, inevitably, a lot of gossip going the rounds, mostly amongst the wives.’
      spread, be passed around, get around, go the rounds
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  • round about

    • 1On all sides or in all directions; surrounding someone or something.

      ‘everything round about was covered with snow’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the side of thine house; thy children like olive plants round about thy table.’
      • ‘Now they are crowded round about us, trying to get a grandstand view.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Outside the Asian school, waiting to pick up the consul's children, he feels the street go still, the shops round about go dead.’
      • ‘Pray, Mrs. Tremlett, do you know any thing about the factory people that work in all these great ugly buildings round about Ashleigh?’
    • 2At a point or time approximately equal to.

      ‘they arrived round about nine’
      • ‘Bringing in round about $2m annually, tourism has contributed the most to the economy's scant prosperity.’
      • ‘The telephone rang at round about half-past three in the morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I set the hotel clock to wake us up round about 7 ‘o’ clock.’
      • ‘On their third dive, round about 3pm, they headed off together and were last spotted swimming calmly 12m down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘If any such deal is in the offing, expect it round about the time shareholders need an extra boost.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
      in the ballpark of
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      1. 2.1Approximately.
        ‘we raised round about half a million dollars’
        ‘round about 10,000 homes were affected’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The limiting factor is clearly the interface but at round about 1GB per minute, the transfer speed is reasonable.’
        • ‘He replied that the Government was increasing investment "by round about half-a-billion pounds over the next few years".’
        • ‘Only round about seven per cent of those who have horses or have access to horses ride to hounds.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Bringing in round about $2m annually, tourism has contributed the most to the economy's prosperity.’
        • ‘They have been made what we think is a generous offer, round about a ten per cent increase in pay over two years.’
        • ‘The backlog of claims, I think, is down to round about 10,000.’
        • ‘Round about 1.35 million sheep were exported or moved during the month of February.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The budget that the Commissioner manages is round about £2.5 billion.’
        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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Phrasal Verbs

  • round something off

    • 1Make the edges or corners of something smooth.

      ‘round off the spars with a soft plastic fitting’
      • ‘One nice thing about this case is that all of the edges are rounded off, you'd be hard pressed to find a place where you could cut yourself without really trying.’
      • ‘I tested the tip of one, but evidently they were purely aesthetic, the tips and edges were rounded off so that they couldn't possibly harm anyone.’
      • ‘The triggerguards were rounded off, and both the forward edge of the guards and the grip areas were stippled to give a surface that's tacky to the hand but allows fabric to slide over smoothly.’
      • ‘The square edges will be rounded off to prevent further damage to the wall.’
      • ‘Serrations on the rear of the sight blade reduce glare, and the blade edges have been rounded off.’
      • ‘The sharp edges, corners and points have been rounded off and smoothed away.’
      smooth off, plane off, sand off, level off
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      1. 1.1Complete something in a satisfying or suitable way.
        ‘I rounded off my visit to Ganu by purchasing a number of exquisite masks’
        • ‘After a highly enjoyable day sightseeing, we decided to round things off with a pub meal before going home.’
        • ‘Often the tour is rounded off at the souvenir/tuck shop, getting those essential presents to bring home.’
        • ‘I have a glass of excellent ‘house’ Chardonnay - fruity and smooth - to accompany the meal, and round it off with the peach schnapps trifle, which proves to have a real kick.’
        • ‘I rounded the meal off with a cup of really excellent, fragrant coffee - refilled without me having to ask.’
        • ‘The fun gets under way at 3pm and will run on till 9pm when the day will be rounded off with a disco.’
        • ‘The first group of children to complete the course before Christmas rounded it off with a small party and seven new children started on January 12.’
        • ‘The evening was rounded off by some lovely string music.’
        • ‘Afterwards members enjoyed a round of golf and the evening was rounded off with refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards.’
        • ‘Both these puddings turned out to be a superb way of rounding the meal off.’
        • ‘With a combination of acrylic, watercolour and photographic work, his diverse collection is rounded off by a self-made video, adding an eerie auditory aspect to the exhibit.’
        complete, finish off, crown, cap, top off, conclude, close, bring to a close, bring to a end, end
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  • round on

    • Make a sudden verbal attack on or unexpected retort to.

      ‘she rounded on me angrily’
      • ‘I was dismayed to hear the bishops rounding on the First Minister last week for speaking in support of the idea.’
      • ‘My mother once rounded on me for saying something would be ‘such a bore’.’
      • ‘Stevens said he had been drinking and saw someone push or punch his then girlfriend and when he saw her rounding on Mr Owen he joined in.’
      • ‘In any case, the government's reaction - hysterically rounding on the Opposition - seems inexplicable.’
      • ‘Instead, he preferred to highlight the positive aspects of the game, often rounding on criticism of the domestic game that appeared in print.’
      • ‘‘You're not even supposed to be driving,’ she snapped, rounding on him.’
      • ‘The guilty will defend by rounding on the accuser, and for that reason I expect to be chastised for the audacity to doubt their value, although some do good work.’
      • ‘Mr. Archer offered to explain, but Anthony rounded on him and declared in a sudden outburst that he would say it himself.’
      • ‘He kicked-started the campaign by rounding on opponents of the single currency.’
      • ‘At the meeting other councillor rounded on dog owners for not being responsible and discussed the matter of faeces.’
      snap at, attack, turn on, set upon, weigh into, fly at, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at, lambaste
      bite someone's head off, jump down someone's throat, lay into, wade into, lace into, pitch into, tear into
      have a go at
      light into
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  • round something out

    • Make something more complete.

      ‘round out the meal with fruit and salad’
      • ‘To round things out, add a delicious fall salad and scrumptious pumpkin cheesecake.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The supplements are rounded out by a trailer and TV spot.’
      • ‘Even a short post-script with thoughts on Lincoln's legacy would have rounded the book out nicely.’
      • ‘There's also a subtle humour to the film that rounds it out nicely.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 meatless concoctions were rounded out by lentil salad and yellow split peas cooked with turmeric, ginger and onions.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      expand, enlarge, add to, round out, elaborate, add detail to, add substance to, flesh out, add flesh to, put flesh on the bones of
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  • round someone/something up

    • 1Drive or collect a number of people or animals together for a particular purpose.

      ‘in the afternoon the cows are rounded up for milking’
      • ‘Througout the day, a total of one hundred horses were rounded up.’
      • ‘The animals will be rounded up and sold at auction.’
      • ‘Sheep are wandering all over the moors in search of the best grazing, making it almost impossible for shepherds to round them up and encouraging more farmers to take advantage of higher lamb prices and sell up, meaning even fewer sheep.’
      • ‘I know monkeys and animals are rounded up or bred away from their natural habitats and countries for experiments in the pursuit of profit.’
      • ‘Eventually the ghetto is closed and the remaining inhabitants are rounded up and crammed onto livestock carriages bound for the camps.’
      • ‘Entire families will be rounded up to settle political scores or personal grudges.’
      • ‘What if they have been rounded up, to be sold as slaves?’
      • ‘Texas cowboys watched over cattle, branded them, and rounded them up before herding them to markets first in New Orleans and by the 1850s northward to Missouri and beyond.’
      • ‘Dogs are banned from streets, parks and other public places and if seen outside, they will be rounded up and killed.’
      • ‘The neighbourhood could get together to identify the resident cats and any strays could be rounded up and turned over to the S.P.C.A.’
      gather together, herd together, drive together, bring together, muster, marshal, rally, assemble, collect, group
      corral, wrangle
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      1. 1.1Arrest a number of people.
        • ‘Dozens of riot police rounded them up and put them in vans.’
        • ‘Several dozen suspects had been rounded up since the weekend.’
        • ‘There were dramatic pictures that came out of there, of the police rounding these people up.’
        • ‘Though the police has not shown their arrest in official records, however, sources in the police claimed that the suspects have been rounded up for their involvement in some other criminal cases.’
        • ‘At least five suspects have been rounded up but it is still not clear who is responsible.’
        • ‘The usual suspects were rounded up, with no result.’
        • ‘According to an Associated Press report, about 100 people had been rounded up, with some of the raids directly involving CIA and FBI agents.’
        • ‘That slaying remains such a tinderbox issue that the police and prosecutors only reluctantly confirmed for the first time today that some 12 suspects had been rounded up this month and more arrests were pending.’
        • ‘The 24 other suspects were rounded up after his interrogation.’
        • ‘Eventually she and her other two brothers were rounded up by the police for interrogation by the usual methods, but this is only hinted at, not described.’
        gather together, herd together, drive together, bring together, muster, marshal, rally, assemble, collect, group
        corral, wrangle
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Middle English: from the Old French stem round-, from a variant of Latin rotundus rotund.