shaped like a circle or a ball
a round plate
These glasses suit people with round faces.
The fruit are small and round.
Rugby isn't played with a round ball.
the discovery that the world is round
The child was watching it all with big round eyes (= showing interest) .
a T-shirt with a round neck
having a curved shape
the round green hills of Donegal
round brackets (= in writing)
She had a small mouth and round pink cheeks.
a round figure or amount is one that is given as a whole number, usually one ending in 0 or 5
Make it a round figure─say forty dollars.
Two thousand is a nice round number─put that down.
Well, in round figures (= not giving the exact figures) we've spent twenty thousand so far.
His face had lost its boyish roundness.
关于 round 在短语动词中的特殊用法，见有关动词词条。如 come round to sth 在词条 come 的短语动词部分。
For the special uses of round in phrasal verbs, look at the verb entries. For example, the meaning of come round to sth is given in the phrasal verb section of the entry for come .
moving in a circle
Everybody joins hands and dances round.
How do you make the wheels go round?
The children were spinning round and round .
The thought kept going round and round in her head.
measuring or marking the edge or outside of sth
a young tree measuring only 18 inches round
They've built a high fence all round to keep intruders out.
on all sides of sb/sth
A large crowd had gathered round to watch.
at various places in an area
People stood round waiting for something to happen.
in a circle or curve to face another way or the opposite way
He turned the car round and drove back again.
She looked round at the sound of his voice.
to the other side of sth
We walked round to the back of the house.
The road's blocked─you'll have to drive the long way round .
from one place, person, etc. to another
They've moved all the furniture round.
He went round interviewing people about local traditions.
Pass the biscuits round.
Have we enough cups to go round ?
to or at a particular place, especially where sb lives
I'll be round in an hour.
We've invited the Frasers round this evening.
in the area near a place
in Oxford and the villages round about
We're leaving round about ten.
A new roof will cost round about lb3 000.
in a circle
the first woman to sail round the world
The earth moves round the sun.
on, to or from the other side of sth
Our house is round the next bend.
There she is, coming round the corner.
There must be a way round the problem.
on all sides of sb/sth; surrounding sb/sth
She put her arms round him.
He had a scarf round his neck.
They were all sitting round the table.
in or to many parts of sth
She looked all round the room.
to fit in with particular people, ideas, etc.
He has to organize his life round the kids.
near where you are now or where you live
There are no decent schools round here.
stage in process
a set of events which form part of a longer process
the next round of peace talks
the final round of voting in the election
a stage in a sports competition
the qualifying rounds of the National Championships
Hewitt was knocked out of the tournament in the third round.
a stage in a boxing or wrestling match
The fight only lasted five rounds.
a complete game of golf ; a complete way around the course in some other sports, such as showjumping
We played a round of golf.
the first horse to jump a clear round
惯常的活动 / 路线
a regular series of activities
the daily round of school life
Her life is one long round of parties and fun.
a regular route that sb takes when delivering or collecting sth; a regular series of visits that sb makes
Dr Green was on her daily ward rounds .
a postman on his delivery round
a number of drinks bought by one person for all the others in a group
a round of drinks
It's my round (= it is my turn to pay for the next set of drinks) .
a whole slice of bread; sandwiches made from two whole slices of bread
Who's for another round of toast?
two rounds of beef sandwiches
a round object or piece of sth
Cut the pastry into rounds.
a short period during which people show their approval of sb/sth by clapping, etc.
There was a great round of applause when the dance ended.
a single shot from a gun; a bullet for one shot
They fired several rounds at the crowd.
We only have three rounds of ammunition left.
a song for two or more voices in which each sings the same tune but starts at a different time
if news or a joke does the rounds , it is passed on quickly from one person to another
to go around from place to place, especially when looking for work or support for a political campaign , etc.
of a work of art
made so that it can be seen from all sides
an opportunity to see Canova's work in the round
of a theatre or play
with the people watching all around a central stage
to go around a corner of a building, a bend in the road, etc.
The boat rounded the tip of the island.
We rounded the bend at high speed.
to make sth into a round shape; to form into a round shape
She rounded her lips and whistled.
His eyes rounded with horror.
to increase or decrease a number to the next highest or lowest whole number
to finish an activity or complete sth in a good or suitable way
She rounded off the tour with a concert at Carnegie Hall.
to take the sharp or rough edges off sth
You can round off the corners with sandpaper.
to suddenly speak angrily to sb and criticize or attack them
He rounded on journalists, calling them ‘a pack of vultures’.
to find and gather together people, animals or things
I rounded up a few friends for a party.
The cattle are rounded up in the evenings.
if police or soldiers round up a group of people, they find them and arrest or capture them
Around and round can often be used with the same meaning in BrE , though around is more formal.
The earth goes round/around the sun.
They live round/around the corner.
We travelled round/around India.
She turned round/around when I came in.
In NAmE only around can be used in these meanings.
Around, round and about can also sometimes be used with the same meaning in BrE .
The kids were running around/round/about outside.
I’ve been waiting around/round/about to see her all day.
In NAmE only around can be used in these meanings. About or around can be used in both BrE and NAmE to mean ‘approximately’.
We left around/about 8 o’clock.
the usual activities in your day
- the doctor made his rounds
近义词: daily round
the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
- a round of golf takes about 4 hours
近义词: round of golf
(often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
- the doctor goes on his rounds first thing every morning
- the postman's rounds
- we enjoyed our round of the local bars
any circular or rotating mechanism
- the machine punched out metal circles
a charge of ammunition for a single shot
近义词: unit of ammunition,one shot
a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
an outburst of applause
- there was a round of applause
a partsong in which voices follow each other;one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time
- they enjoyed singing rounds
a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)
- he ordered a second round
近义词: round of drinks
a regular route for a sentry or policeman
- in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name
the course along which communications spread
- the story is going the rounds in Washington
(sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
- the never-ending cycle of the seasons
become round, plump, or shapely
- The young woman is fleshing out
近义词: flesh out,fill out
- round the edges
近义词: round out,round off
express as a round number
- round off the amount
近义词: round off,round down,round out
bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
- polish your social manners
近义词: polish,round off,polish up,brush up
attack in speech or writing
- The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker
近义词: attack,assail,lash out,snipe,assault
pronounce with rounded lips
wind around;move along a circular course
- round the bend
(mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand
- in round numbers
(of sounds) full and rich
- orotund tones
- the rotund and reverberating phrase
- pear-shaped vowels
having a circular shape
from beginning to end;throughout
- It rains all year round on Skye
- frigid weather the year around