Meaning of “round” in the English Dictionary

"round" in British English

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roundpreposition, adverb

uk /raʊnd/ /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.

More examples

  • The discussion kept going round in circles.
  • Christmas comes round so quickly!
  • She wears a gold cross round her neck.
  • It has always been my declared intention to sail round the world.
  • I'll just turn the car round and go back the way we've come.

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) .

More examples

  • I walked round the town.
  • I'll take you round the grounds.
  • We went round the shops.
  • There's a rumour going round the office to that effect.
  • There's a stomach bug going round the school.

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.

More examples

  • They live in an idyllic country cottage, with roses round the door.
  • As soon as he appeared, reporters crowded round.
  • If we put the chairs a bit closer together , we should be able to get another one round the table.
  • There was a black line round the edge of the page.
  • The spectators had gathered round the green to watch the winning putt.

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.

More examples

  • There's a restaurant round the corner that serves cheap and cheerful food.
  • Come round tonight and we'll watch a video.
  • There are two entrances - one at the front and one round the back.
  • He said he wouldn't pay up so I sent my brother round to put the frighteners on him.
  • Who's the head honcho round here?

roundadjective

uk /raʊnd/ us /raʊnd/

round adjective (CIRCULAR)

A2 shaped like a ball or circle, or curved:

Tennis balls and oranges are round.
a round face
round eyes

More examples

  • The sculpture consists of two round sections connected by a series of wires.
  • They had a large round table in the dining room.
  • The bullet left a small round hole in the glass.
  • Use the cutter to cut the pastry into round shapes.
  • I'd like one of the round loaves, please.

roundnoun [ C ]

uk /raʊnd/ us /raʊnd/

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.

C2 drinks that you buy for a group of people:

It's your turn to buy a round.
He bought a round of drinks to say thank you.

UK a single slice of toast, or a sandwich

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.

specialized music a song for several singers, who begin singing one after the other at various points in the song

More examples

  • Cooper was counted out in the final round.
  • He crashed out of the French Open in the second round.
  • We often play a round of golf at the weekend.
  • Persuading Chris to buy a round of drinks is like getting blood out of a stone.
  • She's through to the next round of interviews.

roundverb [ T ]

uk /raʊnd/ us /raʊnd/

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

"round" in American English

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roundadjective

us /rɑʊnd/

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.

roundverb [ T ]

us /rɑʊnd/

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.

roundnoun [ C ]

us /rɑʊnd/

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.

roundadverb

us /rɑʊnd/

round adverb (MOVE AROUND)

around

(Definition of “round” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"round" in Business English

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roundadjective [ before noun ]

uk /raʊnd/ us

used to describe a number that is given to the nearest 1, 10, 100, etc. and not as an exact amount:

2.8 to the nearest a round number is 3.
In round figures, he earns $80,000.

roundnoun [ C ]

uk /raʊnd/ us

a group of events:

The EU will hold another round of talks next month.
around of meetings
The school building programme has been stopped in the latest round of cuts.

also 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:

a milk/paper round

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(Definition of “round” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)