Round - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |raʊnd|  American pronunciation of the word round
Brit.  |raʊnd|  British pronunciation of the word round


- a charge of ammunition for a single shot
- an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs (syn: cycle, rhythm)
- a regular route for a sentry or policeman (syn: beat)
- (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
the doctor goes on his rounds first thing every morning
the postman's rounds
we enjoyed our round of the local bars
- the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
a round of golf takes about 4 hours
- the usual activities in your day
the doctor made his rounds
- (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive (syn: bout, turn)
- the course along which communications spread
the story is going the rounds in Washington
- a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)
he ordered a second round
- a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
- a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time (syn: troll)
they enjoyed singing rounds
- an outburst of applause
there was a round of applause
- a crosspiece between the legs of a chair (syn: rung, stave)
- any circular or rotating mechanism (syn: circle)


- wind around; move along a circular course
round the bend
- make round (syn: round off, round out)
round the edges
- pronounce with rounded lips (syn: labialize)
- attack in speech or writing (syn: assail, assault, attack, lash out, snipe)
- bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state (syn: brush up, polish, round off)
- express as a round number (syn: round off, round out)
round off the amount
- become round, plump, or shapely (syn: fill out)


- (of sounds) full and rich (syn: orotund, pear-shaped, rotund)
- (mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand
in round numbers


- from beginning to end; throughout (syn: around)
It rains all year round on Skye
frigid weather the year around

Extra examples

The baby has a round face.

The owl's big, round eyes

A shirt with a round collar

...people working there all year round...

...gather round and listen to my story...

...a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam...

...a busy round of parties during the holiday season...

...talked to voters round the city...

She was a nice round lively little girl.

At first their pace was round, but then it soon slackened.

He made no answer whatever to this round intimation.

He ordered another round of drinks.

The wheel turns round.

The wind has gone round to the north.

England veered round again to protestantism under Elizabeth.

Phrasal verbs

round off  — make round
round out  — fill out
round up  — seek out and bring together

Word forms

I/you/we/they: round
he/she/it: rounds
present participle: rounding
past tense: rounded
past participle: rounded
singular: round
plural: rounds
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