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English adjective: round

1. round having a circular shape


Similarapple-shaped, ball-shaped, barrel-shaped, bulb-shaped, bulblike, bulbous, capitate, coccoid, cumuliform, disc-shaped, disclike, discoid, discoidal, disk-shaped, disklike, global, globose, globular, goblet-shaped, moon-round, moonlike, nutlike, orbicular, pancake-like, pear-shaped, pinwheel-shaped, ringlike, roundish, spheric, spherical, wheel-like

See alsorounded


2. round (of sounds) full and rich

SamplesOrotund tones.
The rotund and reverberating phrase.
Pear-shaped vowels.

Synonymsorotund, pear-shaped, rotund



3. round (mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand

SamplesIn round numbers.


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths


English noun: round

1. round (artifact) a charge of ammunition for a single shot

Synonymsone shot, unit of ammunition

Broader (hypernym)ammo, ammunition

2. round (time) an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

SamplesThe never-ending cycle of the seasons.

Synonymscycle, rhythm

Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

Part holonymphase, phase angle

3. round (location) a regular route for a sentry or policeman

SamplesIn the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name.


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route

4. round (act) (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)

SamplesThe doctor goes on his rounds first thing every morning.
The postman's rounds.
We enjoyed our round of the local bars.

Broader (hypernym)call

Domain usageplural, plural form

5. round (act) the activity of playing 18 holes of golf

SamplesA round of golf takes about 4 hours.

Synonymsround of golf

Broader (hypernym)golf, golf game

6. round (act) the usual activities in your day

SamplesThe doctor made his rounds.

Synonymsdaily round

Broader (hypernym)habitude

7. round (time) (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive

Synonymsbout, turn

Broader (hypernym)division, part, section

Narrower (hyponym)bottom, bottom of the inning, top, top of the inning

Part meronymperiod of play, play, playing period

Domain categoryathletics, sport

8. round (object) the course along which communications spread

SamplesThe story is going the rounds in Washington.

Broader (hypernym)course, path, track

9. round (food) a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)

SamplesHe ordered a second round.

Synonymsround of drinks

Broader (hypernym)helping, portion, serving

10. round (food) a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg

Broader (hypernym)cut of beef

Part holonymround steak

11. round (communication) 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

SamplesThey enjoyed singing rounds.


Broader (hypernym)partsong

12. round (communication) an outburst of applause

SamplesThere was a round of applause.

Broader (hypernym)applause, clapping, hand clapping

13. round (artifact) a crosspiece between the legs of a chair

Synonymsrung, stave

Broader (hypernym)crosspiece

Part meronymfeeding chair, folding chair, highchair, rocker, rocking chair, side chair, straight chair

14. round (artifact) any circular or rotating mechanism

SamplesThe machine punched out metal circles.


Broader (hypernym)rotating mechanism

Narrower (hyponym)disc, disk

English adverb: round

1. round from beginning to end; throughout

SamplesIt rains all year round on Skye.
Frigid weather the year around.


English verb: round

1. round (motion) wind around; move along a circular course

SamplesRound the bend.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

2. round (change) make round

SamplesRound the edges.

Synonymsround off, round out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)purse

3. round (communication) pronounce with rounded lips

Synonymslabialise, labialize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

4. round (communication) attack in speech or writing

SamplesThe editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker.

Synonymsassail, assault, attack, lash out, snipe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

Narrower (hyponym)abuse, barrage, blackguard, blister, bombard, clapperclaw, claw, rip, rubbish, scald, shout, vitriol, whang, whip

5. round (change) bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

SamplesPolish your social manners.

Synonymsbrush up, polish, polish up, round off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hone, perfect

6. round (change) express as a round number

SamplesRound off the amount.

Synonymsround down, round off, round out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

7. round (body) become round, plump, or shapely

SamplesThe young woman is fleshing out.

Synonymsfill out, flesh out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)gain, put on

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