Round Definition

round
rounded, roundest, rounding, rounds, rounder
adjective
roundest, rounder
Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center.
A round ball.
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Shaped like a ball; spherical; globular.
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Shaped like a circle, ring, or disk; circular.
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Moving in or forming a circle.
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Shaped like a cylinder (in having a circular cross section); cylindrical.
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noun
rounds
Something round or rounded; thing or part that is spherical, globular, circular, curved, annular, or cylindrical.
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A circle formed of various things.
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A rung of a ladder.
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A crossbar connecting the legs of a chair.
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Movement in a circular course or about an axis.
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Synonyms:
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verb
rounded, rounding, rounds
To make round.
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To pronounce with rounded lips; labialize.
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To deprive of angularity or make plump.
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To express as or convert to a round number.
To round 9.5 up to 10 or down to 9
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To attack or oppose suddenly or unexpectedly; turn (on)
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adverb
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With revolutions.
Wheels moving round.
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For each of several; to include all in a group.
Not enough to go round.
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With a rotating or revolving movement.
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By a circuitous course; in a roundabout way.
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preposition
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Around.
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From the beginning to the end of; throughout.
A plant that grows round the year.
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(rare in US) Alternative form of around.

I look round the room quickly to make sure it's neat.
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idiom
in the round
  • With the stage in the center of the audience.
  • Fully shaped so as to stand free of a background:

    a sculpture in the round.

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make
  • To go from place to place, as on business or for entertainment:

    a delivery truck making the rounds; students going the rounds in the entertainment district.

  • To be communicated or passed from person to person:

    The news quickly made the rounds. A piece of juicy gossip is going the rounds.

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go the round
  • to be circulated among a number of people: said of a story, rumor, etc.
  • to walk one's regular course or circuit, as a watchman does
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in the round
  • with the audience or congregation seated all around a central stage, altar, etc.
  • in full and completely rounded form, not in relief
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out of round
  • not having perfect roundness
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Other Word Forms of Round

Noun

Singular:
round
Plural:
rounds

Adjective

Base Form:
round
Comparative:
rounder
Superlative:
roundest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Round

Origin of Round

  • From Middle English rounen, from Old English rÅ«nian (“to whisper, talk low, talk secrets, consipre, talk secretly"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«nōnÄ… (“to talk secrets, whisper, decide"), *raunijanÄ… (“to investigate, examine, prove"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewÉ™-, *(e)rwō- (“to trace, find out, look out"). Cognate with Scots roun (“to converse with in whispers, speak privately"), Middle Low German rÅ«nen (“to whisper"), Middle Dutch ruinen (“to whisper"), German raunen (“to whisper, murmur"), Old English rÅ«n (“whisper, secret, mystery"), Swedish röna (“to meet with, experience"). More at rune.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English roun, from Old English rÅ«n (“whisper, secret, mystery"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«nō, *raunō (“a whisper, secret, secret sign"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewÉ™-, *(e)rwō- (“to trace, find out, look out"). Cognate with Scots roun, round (“a whisper, secret story"), German Rune (“rune"), Swedish rön (“findings, observations, experience").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French ront, runt (> French rond), representing an earlier *rodond, from Latin rotundus (> Italian rotondo, Provençal redon, Spanish redondo etc.). The noun developed partly from the adjective and partly from the corresponding French noun rond. Compare rotund and rotunda.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman rounde variant of Old French rond ultimately from Vulgar Latin retundus from Latin rotundus ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English rounden from Old English rūnian from rūn a secret

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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