adjective, round·er, round·est.
- Also round of beef. the portion of the thigh of beef below the rump and above the leg.
- Informal. round steak.
- a short, rhythmical canon at the unison, in which the several voices enter at equally spaced intervals of time.
- rounds, the order followed in ringing a peal of bells in diatonic sequence from the highest to the lowest.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to complete or perfect; finish.
- to express as a round number, usually to the nearest multiple of 10.
- to complete or perfect: The new coin rounded out his collection.
- to fill out; become rounder: She rounded out so nicely that everyone soon forgot she had been so ill.
- to drive or bring (cattle, sheep, etc.) together.
- to assemble; gather: to round up all the suspects in an investigation.
- (of a theater) having a stage completely surrounded by seats for the audience.
- in the style of theater-in-the-round: The play should be done in the round.
- in complete detail; from all aspects: a character as seen in the round.
- (of sculpture) not attached to a supporting background; freestanding.
- to go from one place to another, as in making deliveries, paying social visits, or seeking employment.
- Also go the rounds. to be reported or told; circulate: another rumor making the rounds.
Origin of round1
SYNONYMS FOR round
Related formsround·ness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for round up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for round up (2 of 2)
- forming or expressed by an integer or whole number, with no fraction
- expressed to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousandin round figures
- in full detail
- theatre with the audience all round the stage
- to go from place to place, as in making deliveries or social calls
- (of information, rumour, etc) to be passed around, so as to be generally known
- to pronounce (a speech sound) with rounded lips
- to purse (the lips)
Derived Formsroundness, noun
Word Origin for round
Culture definitions for round up
Idioms and Phrases with round up (1 of 2)
Collect or gather in a body, as in We'll have to round up some more volunteers for the food drive, or The police rounded up all the suspects. This term comes from the West, where since the mid-1800s it has been used for collecting livestock by riding around the herd and driving the animals together. By about 1875 it was extended to other kinds of gathering together.
Idioms and Phrases with round up (2 of 2)
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
- 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.