round1 W2S2 [raund] adv, prep especially BrE also around
1.) surrounding or on all sides of something or someone
We sat round the table playing cards.
Gather round! I have an important announcement to make.
He put his arm gently round her waist.
I kept the key on a chain round my neck.
The ballroom's huge, with windows all the way round .
There was a lovely courtyard with tables all round .
2.) used to say that someone or something turns so that they face in the opposite direction
When he turned round I recognised him immediately.
Graham glanced round, startled by the voice behind him.
3.) in or to many places or parts of an area
Reggie went round making sure all the lights were off.
Leah showed me round on my first day at the office.
A guide took us round the palace and gardens.
He spent a whole year travelling round Europe.
She looked round the room as though leaving it for the last time.
changes that are affecting the weather all round the world
4.) moving in a circle
She watched the clock hands go round.
An aeroplane was circling round far overhead.
Until the 16th century people believed that the sun went round the earth.
He stared at the washing machine, just watching the clothes go round and round .
a shoal of tiny fish swimming round in circles
5.) informal if you go round to someone's house, you go to their house, usually to visit them
I might go round to Nigel's this evening.
He's invited us round for dinner.
We'll be round (=will arrive) at seven.
6.) to other people or positions
A big box of chocolates was handed round.
He'd moved his furniture round.
7.) on the other side of something, or to the other side of it without going through it or over it
He ran round to open Kate's door for her.
There must be another entrance round the back.
I watched the two boys disappear round the corner .
round to
She came round to his side of the desk.
8.) in the area near a particular place
Much of the countryside round Hinkley Point is given over to agriculture.
Do you live round here ?
He owned all the land round about (=in the surrounding area) .
9.) round about
spoken informal also round
used when guessing a number, amount, time etc without being exact
= ↑approximately
We got there round about half past nine.
He's round about the same age as my son.
It must have been round midnight when I saw him.
10.)used to show that someone spends time in a place without doing anything useful
People were just standing round and not doing anything to help.
11.) if something is organized round a particular person or thing, it is organized according to their needs, wishes, ideas etc
Working from home, she could arrange her hours round her children.
He had built his whole existence round her.
12.) a way round a difficult situation or problem is a way to solve it or avoid it
She's going to have to buy a car. I can't see any other way round it.
strategies to get round (=solve) the problem
13.) used to show the length of a line surrounding something
The park was about five miles round.
→↑all round
go round in circles atcircle1 (5)
(a)round the clock atclock1 (2)
(just) around/round the corner atcorner1 (9)
first/second time round attime1 (3)
way round atway1 (24)
round 2
round2 W2S1 adj
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: roont, from Latin rotundus]
1.) shaped like a circle
a big round table
Jamie's eyes grew round with delight.
2.) shaped like a ball
small round berries
3.) fat and curved
round chubby cheeks
4.) [only before noun]
a round number or figure is a whole number, often ending in 0
Let's make it a round figure: say £50?
in round figures
(=expressed as the nearest 10, 100, 1000 etc)
Altogether, in round figures, there are about three thousand students here.
a round hundred/dozen etc
(=a complete hundred etc)
a square peg in a round hole atsquare1 (12)
>roundness n [U]
round 3
round3 n
3¦(regular activities)¦
5 round of applause
9 do the rounds
10 do the rounds of something
11¦(gun shot)¦
13¦(food/newspapers/letters etc)¦
15 round of sandwiches
16 round of toast
17 in the round
1.) ¦(SERIES)¦
a round of events is a series of related events, which are part of a longer process
round of
a third round of peace talks
the Government's latest round of expenditure cuts
one of the parts of a competition that you have to finish or win before you can go on to the next part
→↑heat, stage ↑stage
the first/final/next/qualifying etc round
I got beaten in the first round.
Two of their candidates made it through to the next round.
round of
the final round of the championship
round of sth
a round of activities is a regular series of activities, especially activities that are not very exciting
an endless round of meetings and interviews
He continued with his usual round of private and business engagements.
the daily round of commuting and shopping
4.) ¦(VISITS)¦
rounds [plural]
the usual visits that someone, especially a doctor, regularly makes as part of their job
be (out) on your rounds
I'm sorry. The doctor is out on her rounds.
5.) round of applause
when people ↑clap for a short time to show that they enjoyed something or approve of something
She got a big round of applause .
The passengers gave the pilot a round of applause .
6.) ¦(GOLF)¦
a complete game of golf
I played a round of golf on Sunday morning.
one of the periods of fighting in a ↑boxing or ↑wrestling match
8.) ¦(DRINKS)¦
if you buy a round of drinks in a bar, you buy drinks for all the people in your group
it's my/your etc round
(=used to say whose turn it is to buy drinks for all the people in your group)
What are you having? It's my round.
9.) do the rounds
BrE informal make the rounds AmE also go the rounds BrE
if a story, idea, or illness does the rounds, it is passed on from one person to another
a joke doing the rounds
10.) do the rounds of sth
BrE make the rounds of sth AmE
to go around from one place to another, especially looking for work or advertising something
Ryan is making the rounds of talk shows to promote her new movie.
11.) ¦(GUN SHOT)¦
a single shot from a gun, or a bullet for one shot
I've only got ten rounds of ammunition left.
Richards fired a few rounds .
12.) ¦(CIRCLE)¦
something that has a circular shape
Slice the potatoes into rounds.
BrE a regular visit to a number of houses, offices etc to deliver or sell things
paper/milk round
(=a job in which you deliver newspapers, milk etc to people's houses)
I used to do a paper round .
14.) ¦(SONG)¦
a song for three or four singers, in which each one sings the same tune, starting at a different time
15.) round of sandwiches
BrE ↑sandwiches made from two whole pieces of bread
16.) round of toast
BrE one whole piece of bread that has been ↑toasted
17.) in the round
a play that is performed in the round is performed on a central stage surrounded by the people watching it
round 4
round4 v
1.) [T]
to go round something such as a bend or the corner of a building
As they rounded the bend and came in sight of the river, Philip took her hand.
The tide was coming in as he rounded the rocks.
2.) [T]
to make something into a round shape
The stones were then rounded, polished and engraved.
3.) [i]written
if your eyes round, you open them wide because you are shocked, frightened etc
Barbara's eyes rounded in surprise.
round down [round sth<=>down] phr v
to reduce an exact figure to the nearest whole number
→↑round up
For the 1841 census it was decided to round down ages over fifteen to the nearest five.
round off [round sth<=>off] phr v
1.) to do something as a way of ending an event, performance etc in a suitable or satisfactory way
= ↑finish round something<=>off with
You can round off the evening with a visit to the nightclub.
She rounded off the meal with some cheese.
It was the perfect way to round off the season.
2.) to take the sharp or rough edges off something
Round off the corners with a pair of scissors.
3.) to change an exact figure to the nearest whole number
round something<=>off to
Prices are rounded off to the nearest dollar.
round on [round on sb] phr v
to suddenly turn and attack someone when they do not expect it, either with words or physically
When the door closed, Crabb rounded on Edwards. 'You stupid idiot!'
round out [round sth<=>out] phr v
to make an experience more thorough or complete
African percussion and Native American flute round out the show.
round up [round sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.) if police or soldiers round up a particular group of people, they find them and force them to go to prison
Thousands of men were rounded up and jailed.
2.) to find and gather together a group of people, animals, or things
See if you can round up a few friends to help you!
His dog Nell started to round up the sheep.
3.) to increase an exact figure to the next highest whole number
→↑round down

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