Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “round”

round

adjective  /rɑʊnd/ us  

round adjective (CIRCULAR)

[-er/-est only] shaped like a circle or having a surface like part of a ball: They sat at a round table. She held up a round mirror. Carlos was a round-cheeked boy.

round adjective (APPROXIMATE)

[not gradable] (of a number) not exact but approximate, and ending in zero: In round numbers, about three million tourists visit each year.

round

verb [T]  /rɑʊnd/ us  

round verb [T] (MOVE AROUND)

to go around something and arrive on the other side: The car rounded the corner and stopped in front of the house.

round

noun [C]  /rɑʊnd/ us  

round noun [C] (SINGLE EVENT)

a single event or a small group of similar events that are part of a larger series of events: The first round of negotiations got nowhere. In many sports, a round is a stage in a competition: They lost in the first round of the tournament. In golf, a round is a complete game. In boxing, a round is one of the periods during which the competitors fight. round of applause A round of applause is a period of clapping to show approval: Let’s give the band a nice round of applause. round (of drinks) A round (of drinks) is a drink for each person in a group.

round noun [C] (BULLET)

a bullet or other piece of ammunition (= something that can be shot from a weapon or exploded): They fired several rounds, then fled.

round

adverb  /rɑʊnd/ us  

round adverb (MOVE AROUND)

around
(Definition of round from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of round?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “round” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

scrumpy

an alcoholic drink made from apples

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More