Nearby words

  1. roulette,
  2. roum.,
  3. roumania,
  4. roumanian,
  5. roumelia,
  6. round and round,
  7. round angle,
  8. round arch,
  9. round atelectasis,
  10. round barrow


    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 be reported or told; circulate: another rumor making the rounds.

Origin of round

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 formsround·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for round up

round up

verb (tr, adverb)

to gather (animals, suspects, etc) togetherto round ponies up
to raise (a number) to the nearest whole number or ten, hundred, or thousand above itCompare round down

noun roundup

the act of gathering together livestock, esp cattle, so that they may be branded, counted, or sold
any similar act of collecting or bringing togethera roundup of today's news
a collection of suspects or criminals by the police, esp in a raid



having a flat circular shape, as a disc or hoop
having the shape of a sphere or ball
curved; not angular
involving or using circular motion
(prenominal) complete; entirea round dozen
  1. forming or expressed by an integer or whole number, with no fraction
  2. expressed to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousandin round figures
(of a sum of money) considerable; ample
fully depicted or developed, as a character in a book
full and plumpround cheeks
(of sound) full and sonorous
(of pace) brisk; lively
(prenominal) (of speech) candid; straightforward; unmodifieda round assertion
(of a vowel) pronounced with rounded lips


a round shape or object
in the round
  1. in full detail
  2. theatrewith the audience all round the stage
a session, as of a negotiationa round of talks
a series, cycle, or sequencea giddy round of parties
the daily round the usual activities of one's day
a stage of a competitionhe was eliminated in the first round
(often plural) a series of calls, esp in a set ordera doctor's rounds; a milkman's round
a playing of all the holes on a golf course
a single turn of play by each player, as in a card game
one of a number of periods constituting a boxing, wrestling, or other match, each usually lasting three minutes
archery a specified number of arrows shot from a specified distance
a single discharge by a number of guns or a single gun
a bullet, blank cartridge, or other charge of ammunition
a number of drinks bought at one time for a group of people
a single slice of bread or toast or two slices making a single serving of sandwiches
a general outburst of applause, cheering, etc
movement in a circle or around an axis
music a part song in which the voices follow each other at equal intervals at the same pitch
a sequence of bells rung in order of treble to tenorCompare change (def. 29)
a dance in which the dancers move in a circle
a cut of beef from the thigh between the rump and the shank
go the rounds or make the rounds
  1. to go from place to place, as in making deliveries or social calls
  2. (of information, rumour, etc) to be passed around, so as to be generally known


surrounding, encircling, or enclosinga band round her head
on all or most sides ofto look round one
on or outside the circumference or perimeter ofthe stands round the racecourse
situated at various points ina lot of shelves round the house
from place to place indriving round Ireland
somewhere in or nearto stay round the house
making a circuit or partial circuit aboutthe ring road round the town
reached by making a partial circuit about somethingthe shop round the corner
revolving round a centre or axisthe earth's motion round its axis
so as to have a basis inthe story is built round a good plot


on all or most sidesthe garden is fenced all round; the crowd gathered round
on or outside the circumference or perimeterthe racing track is two miles round
in all directions from a point of referencehe owns the land for ten miles round
to all members of a grouppass the food round
in rotation or revolutionthe wheels turn round
by a circuitous routethe road to the farm goes round by the pond
to a specific placeshe came round to see me
all year round throughout the year; in every month


to make or become round
(tr) to encircle; surround
to move or cause to move with circular motionto round a bend
  1. to pronounce (a speech sound) with rounded lips
  2. to purse (the lips)

Derived Formsroundness, noun

Word Origin for round

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


See around

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Word Origin and History for round up
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Culture definitions for round up


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 up

round up

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.


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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