Meaning of “go round” in the English Dictionary

"go round" in 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


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?

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  • 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.

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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.

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