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round

preposition, adverb uk   /raʊnd/ mainly UK (US usually around)

round preposition, adverb (AROUND)

A2 in a circular direction or position; around: The Moon goes round the Earth. We ran round (the outside of the house) to the back, looking for the dog. The idea has been going round and round in my head all day (= I can't stop thinking about it). When one engine stopped, we had to turn round (= turn to face the opposite direction) and fly home. He tried to go round the keeper (= move with the football past a goalkeeper) but was forced wide. Bending, twisting and curving

round preposition, adverb (IN ALL PARTS)

B1 in every part of a place, or in various parts of a place: The landlord showed me round (the house). I had to go all round town to find a hotel that was open. This virus has been going round (the school) (= many people have had it) .Somewhere, anywhere, nowhere, or everywhere

round preposition, adverb (SURROUNDING)

A2 on all or some sides of something: We sat round the fire. The house has trees all round. The pyramid is 50 metres high and 100 metres round (the base). Everyone for a mile round (= in the area) heard the explosion.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing

round preposition, adverb (DIRECTION)

A2 in a particular direction: The garden is round the back (of the house). I used to live round (= near) here when I was a child. You must come round (to my house) sometime soon.UK not standard We're going round (= to) the pub for a quick drink.Describing movement towards

round

adjective uk   /raʊnd/ us  

round adjective (CIRCULAR)

A2 shaped like a ball or circle, or curved: Tennis balls and oranges are round. a round hole/stone/table/window a round face round eyesProperties of circles and curves

round adjective (COMPLETE)

(of a number) whole or complete; given to the nearest 1, 10, 100, etc. and not as exact amounts: 2.8 to the nearest round number is 3. "I've got 95 bottles here for you." "Could you make it a round hundred, please?"Terms for numbers

round

noun [C] uk   /raʊnd/ us  

round noun [C] (GROUP)

C2 a number of things or group of events: Russia and America will hold another round of talks next month. When we were young life was just one long round of parties/pleasure.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures C2 drinks that you buy for a group of people: It's your turn to buy a round.Drinking alcohol UK a single slice of toast, or a sandwichSandwiches and snacks UK (US route) a set of regular visits that you make to a number of places or people, especially in order to take products as part of your job: He has a milk/paper round.VisitingTransferring and transporting objects specialized music a song for several singers, who begin singing one after the other at various points in the songTypes of songs

round noun [C] (COMPETITION PART)

B2 a part of a competition: She was knocked out of the championship in the third round.Parts and stages of competitions one of the periods of time during a boxing or wrestling match when the competitors are fightingBoxingParts and stages of competitions a complete game in golfGolf

round noun [C] (BULLET)

a bullet or other single piece of ammunition: The soldiers had only 20 rounds left.Bullets and cartridges

round

verb [T] uk   /raʊnd/ us  
to go around something: Colin rounded the corner at high speed.Revolving, rotating and spinning
(Definition of round from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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