Idioms

    in the round,
    1. (of a theater) having a stage completely surrounded by seats for the audience.
    2. in the style of theater-in-the-round: The play should be done in the round.
    3. in complete detail; from all aspects: a character as seen in the round.
    4. (of sculpture) not attached to a supporting background; freestanding.
    make the rounds,
    1. to go from one place to another, as in making deliveries, paying social visits, or seeking employment.
    2. Also go the rounds. to be reported or told; circulate: another rumor making the rounds.

Origin of round

1
1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English rond, round < Old French, stem of ront, earlier reont < Latin rotundus round, circular (see rotund); (noun) Middle English, partly derivative of the adj., partly < Old French rond, ronde (derivative of ront); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (adv. and preposition) Middle English, apparently aphetic variant of around

Related forms

round·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for round out (1 of 2)

round out


verb (tr, adverb)

to make or become bigger or plumper; fill out, esp so as to be symmetrical
to round up (a number)

British Dictionary definitions for round out (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

roundness, noun

Word Origin for round

C13: from Old French ront, from Latin rotundus round, from rota a wheel

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Culture definitions for round out

round


A song that can be begun at different times by different singers, but with harmonious singing (see harmony) as the result. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is a round.

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Idioms and Phrases with round out (1 of 2)

round out


1

See round off, def. 2.

2

Grow or develop to a round form, as in The tree was spindly when first planted, but it has since rounded out nicely. [c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with round out (2 of 2)

round


In addition to the idioms beginning with round

  • round and round
  • round figures
  • round off
  • round on
  • round out
  • round peg in a square hole
  • round robin
  • round the bend
  • round trip
  • round up

also see:

  • all year round
  • bring around (round)
  • come around (round)
  • get around (round)
  • in round numbers
  • in the round
  • make the rounds
  • other way round
  • pull round
  • rally around

Also see underaround.

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