Meaning of “go round” in the English Dictionary

"go round" in British English

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go round

UK US go around
phrasal verb with go uk /ɡəʊ/ us /ɡoʊ/ verb present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone


to spin like a wheel



  • The discussion kept going round in circles.
  • A dynamo on a bicycle will power a pair of lights while the wheels are going round.
  • The Earth takes approximately 365 days to go round the Sun.
  • It must be broken. The CD's not going round.
  • The children went round and round on the carousel.


If there is enough of something to go round, there is enough for everyone in a group of people:

Are there enough pencils to go round?

More examples

  • There weren't enough chairs to go round.
  • Are there enough leaflets to go round?
  • Let me know if there are not enough glasses to go round.
  • You'll have to share the handouts if there aren't enough to go round.
  • There was more than enough custard to go round.


to spend your time behaving in the stated way:

[ + -ing verb ] You can't go round being rude to people.

More examples

  • She went round slagging off her ex-boyfriend.
  • You'll get into trouble if you keep going round behaving like that.
  • He was going round looking for a fight.
  • She went round looking moody.
  • You can't go round ignoring people when they speak to you.


to visit someone in their home:

I'm just going round to Martha's for half an hour.
I'll go round later and see how he is.

More examples

  • We go round every Wednesday afternoon.
  • She was just about to go round to the neighbours when the phone rang.
  • We are going round for dinner on Saturday.
  • We often go round on a Saturday night.
  • We're going round to Ian's for dinner next Friday.

(Definition of “go round” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)