roundabout Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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roundaboutnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ UK

roundabout noun [C] (ON ROAD)

A2 (US traffic circle) a ​place where three or more ​roadsjoin and ​traffic must go around a ​circulararea in the ​middle, ​rather than ​straightacross
More examples
  • Take the first ​left at the roundabout.
  • Take the last ​turning at the roundabout.

roundabout noun [C] (PLAY EQUIPMENT)

(US merry-go-round) a ​flat, round ​piece of ​equipment in ​playareas on which ​childrensit or ​stand and are ​pushed round and round (US carousel) a ​largemachine at a ​fair that ​turns round and has ​wooden or ​plasticanimals or ​vehicles on which ​childrenride


uk   us   /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/
not in a ​simple, ​direct, or ​quick way: We took a roundabout route to ​avoid the ​accident. He ​asked me, in a roundabout way, if he could have a ​salaryincrease.
(Definition of roundabout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"roundabout" in American English

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 us   /ˈrɑʊnd·əˈbɑʊt/

roundabout adjective (NOT DIRECT)

not ​simple, ​direct, or ​quick: You took the roundabout way to get here.

roundaboutnoun [C]

 us   /ˈrɑʊnd·əˌbɑʊt/ Br

roundabout noun [C] (CIRCLE)

(Definition of roundabout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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