From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishroundround1 /raʊnd/ ●●●S2W2 especially British English (also around) adverb, preposition1AROUND/ROUNDsurrounding or on all sides of something or someoneWe 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.2OPPOSITE/REVERSEused to say that someone or something turns so that they face in the opposite directionWhen he turned round I recognised him immediately.Graham glanced round, startled by the voice behind him.3in or to many places or parts of an areaReggie 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 world4TURNmoving in a circleShe 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 circles5informal if you go round to someone’s house, you go to their house, usually to visit themI might go round to Nigel’s this evening.He’s invited us round for dinner.We’ll be round (=will arrive) at seven.6AROUND/ROUNDto other people or positionsA big box of chocolates was handed round.He’d moved his furniture round.7on the other side of something, or to the other side of it without going through it or over itHe 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 toShe came round to his side of the desk.8in the area near a particular placeMuch 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 about10used to show that someone spends time in a place without doing anything usefulPeople were just standing round and not doing anything to help.11if something is organized round a particular person or thing, it is organized according to their needs, wishes, ideas etcWorking from home, she could arrange her hours round her children.He had built his whole existence round her.12DEAL WITHa way round a difficult situation or problem is a way to solve it or avoid itShe’s going to have to buy a car. I can’t see any other way round it.strategies to get round (=solve) the problem13TMAROUND/ROUNDused to show the length of a line surrounding somethingThe park was about five miles round. →all round, → go round in circlesat circle1(5), → (a)round the clockat clock1(2), → (just) around/round the cornerat corner1(9), → first/second time roundat time1(3), → way roundat way1(24)
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all round• Bernie ordered drinks all round.• We always strove to get a solution that was acceptableall round.• I was a big disappointment to her all round.• There were smiles all round as he stood up to make his speech.• With handshakesall round everyone left, leaving her and Nathan alone.• The boy was making straight for the stone, holding his stick up and making little darting glances all round him.• He was white all round his mouth.• Above that a heavy mantle is wrappedall round the body and brought over the head.• His Mum made him sit on one of the chairs that were all round the walls and look at the magazines.• They have been in the middle of war and think nothing of hearing shooting all round them.• There were tears all round when the time came for him to leave.all round• I was a big disappointment to her all round.• We always strove to get a solution that was acceptable all round.• With handshakes all round everyone left, leaving her and Nathan alone.• The boy was making straight for the stone, holding his stick up and making little darting glances all round him.• He was white all round his mouth.• Above that a heavy mantle is wrapped all round the body and brought over the head.• His Mum made him sit on one of the chairs that were all round the walls and look at the magazines.• They have been in the middle of war and think nothing of hearing shooting all round them.round in circles• His greater strength over mine would have sent the boat turning round and round in circles.• Why do I keep walking round and round in circles?• Flight rather weak, but buoyantswimmers, like tiny gulls, often spinninground in circles and picking insects off surface.• At dawn I was still going round in circles in a five mile stack over Edinburgh airspace.• For I appear to be going round in circles in answer to a question which has been worrying me for some time.• As it crawls round and round in circles it keeps revisiting the same pebbles.• Mostly, they go round in circles, reflecting only the idiom of the day.• The station was only round a few corners - I must have walked round in circles the day before.round the corner• But even more of a reprieve was lurkinground the corner.• He knew it would be gone before he rounded the corner.• She flew down PuddleLane, round the corner, and back into Market Square.• I round the corner and start towards the barn behind the kitchen gardens.• Even nails stopped in his stride as they rounded the corner by the cinemaqueue.• If the Musée Bonn at is plush and metropolitan, the Musée Basqueround the corner is local and very homely.• Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.• I rounded the corner, then stopped, waited a moment and peeked back into the lobby.round about• She's round about 26 or 27.get round ... problem• In a running-down case it is quite simple to get round this problem.• The payment of an inflationproof and/or sterling-related salary may be made to get round these problems.• Single-ended slotblades would get round the problem, but aren't on offer;.• There are a number of torturedperspectives on how to get round this problem, but they are themselves fraught with problems.• Consultants can get round this problem by acting as a neutral third party.• London Transport could get round this problem by increasing the power of its transmissions and blotting out foreign broadcasts.• In Amalgamemnon Brooke-Rose gets round this problem by using non-realized tenses and moods.• This also gets round problems of fluctuation, when business is slow, they do not have to maintain a regular workforce.
roundround2 ●●●S1W2 adjective1CFCIRCLEshaped like a circlea big round tableJamie’s eyes grew round with delight.2CFROUNDshaped like a ballsmall round berries3ROUNDfat and curvedround chubby cheeks4HMN[only before noun] a round number or figure is a whole number, often ending in 0 → round upLet’s make it a round figure: say £50?in round figures (=expressed as the nearest 10,100,1, 000 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 holeat square1(12) —roundness noun [uncountable]
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round• It's sunglasses all round as our richly-coiffed Tory front benchers try to fight eye-strain caused by their chrome-domed pinkoopponents.• The rounddining table is dark rosewood with a matching set of chairs.• His large round eyes probed Miguel that first time, as if he could look inside with ease.• Violet stared at him with her huge round eyes.• His stomach was big and round from drinking too much beer.• He wore round glasses with wire rims.• His baldround head reminded her of Sam.• a short round man• It probably costs more, but $200 is a nice round number.• Some women ground corn or wheat on huge round stones.• In the kitchen there was a round table with a vase of flowers on it.• Europeanwatermelons are much rounder than the American variety.• The moon was perfectly round that night.• The recipe calls for large roundtomatoes.• The boatmen who brought trade goods up the Missouri as far as the Yellowstone made $ 220 for the round trip.• She drew a round yellow sun in the center of the picture.in round figures• That's five and a half hours at a bit under two knots - say ten miles in round figures.• The LibDems, in round figures, had 45 percent, Conservatives 25 percent and Labour 17.• Estimates for the delay, given in round figures, ranged from two to eight hours.
roundround3 ●●○ noun [countable]1seriesCONNECTED WITH a round of events is a series of related events, which are part of a longer processround ofa third round of peace talksthe Government’s latest round of expenditure cuts2competitionDS one of the parts of a competition that you have to finish or win before you can go on to the next part → heat, stagethe first/final/next/qualifying etc roundI got beaten in the first round.Two of their candidates made it through to the next round.round ofthe final round of the championship3 →round of something4 →rounds5 →round of applause6golfDSG a complete game of golfI played a round of golf on Sunday morning.7boxing/wrestlingDSO one of the periods of fighting in a boxing or wrestling match8drinksDLBUY if you buy a round of drinks in a bar, you buy drinks for all the people in your groupit’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 rounds10 →do the rounds of something11gun shotPMWSHOOT a single shot from a gun, or a bullet for one shotI’ve only got ten rounds of ammunition left.Richards fired a few rounds.12circleCFCIRCLE something that has a circular shapeSlice the potatoes into rounds.13food/newspapers/letters etcBBTVISIT British English a regular visit to a number of houses, offices etc to deliver or sell thingspaper/milk round (=a job in which you deliver newspapers, milk etc to people’s houses)I used to do a paper round.14songAPM a song for three or four singers, in which each one sings the same tune, starting at a different time15 →round of sandwiches16 →round of toast17 →in the roundCOLLOCATIONSphrasesa round of talks/negotiations/meetingsA second round of talks got under way this week.a round of votingIn the first round of voting he took 44.5 percent of the vote, a round of cuts (=when a government or a company reduces the size or amount of something)The president is likely to approve a new round of cuts in military forces.a round of layoffs (=when people are told to leave their jobs)The latest round of layoffs could bring its labor force down to 60,000.a round of violenceWhat has prompted the latest round of violence?
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round• More than 30 rounds were fired at the guards.• To serve, place sauteed bread rounds on warm plates and arrange birds on top.• The first four rounds are designed to produce 32 prize-winningcountychampions, who will then go forward to the national rounds.• But it isn't; it's the good rounds that bring you back.• Cut the carrots into half-inch rounds.• The heroes of the last round were perhaps Paul Clarkson and John Simpkins, the goalkeeper.• I'll buy the next round of beers.• The second round of voting is scheduled for May 5.• Hamed won the fight in the seventhround.• Purdue lost to Kansas State in the third round.• Cunningly simple: two contestants, three rounds and a panel of three celebrity judges.• Last week in New York, he stopped respectable light heavyweight Merqui Sosa in only two rounds.round of• A final round of talks is scheduled in Tokyo next year.the first/final/next/qualifying etc round• The barely acknowledged hope caused her heart to beat faster as she reached for the first round iron latch.• Now we can look forward to a really big crowd at Goodison for Chelsea in the next round.• Voters in these constituencies would choose between whichever two candidates had won the largest numbers of votes in the first round.• In the first round of the Rochester Open in 1941, Hogan burned up the course, shooting a record 64.• In the first round, I hit him with by best shot right on the chin and! ital!• In the first round, I went to the center of the ring.• In the first round, Palmer scored a 12 there, hitting out of bounds four times.• Tiger Woods had started the final round nine behind the leaders.played a round of golf• I played a round of golf in a group which included Prost and Mansell.• I did a few odds and ends in the garden on Saturday, played a round of golf on Sunday morning.it’s my/your etc round• Or is it because it's my round?fired ... rounds• Both the driver and the passenger were armed and fired several rounds before being shot dead by security men.• Each Vickers Kfired a thousand rounds a minute.do ... round• And don't turn round when you talk to me.• And take my tip, don't come round again.• And do what? Round up the rats?• He even does rounds at the local hospital, ensuring that the terminally ill remain plugged in.• Without references, letters may do the rounds of various desks before the correct destination is found.• On Saturday morning, Peter went off to do his rounds of parish patients at Woodborough Hospital.• The first offered to do the rounds for five dollars.• Which way do they go round more quickly?
round• The race for the nomination has rounded a corner.• Their huts were short tepees protected by tree branches or rounded huts covered with animal skins.• Again do not round over the sharp edges when sanding.• Drop by roundedteaspoons on to a greasednon-stickcookie sheet.• As I rounded the corner, I could see that the house was on fire.• The edges of the counter have been rounded to make them safer.• The result was the Yosemite that tourists see today, jammed with awe-inspiring plutons with rounded tops and steep, vertical sides.• All that slim, rounded, unclothed flesh I'd seen - from the back - had not been girl flesh.• He was rounded up about a week later, having stolen four more vehicles.• Dear Jamie, Please remember to round your letters and curl your tails.rounded ... bend• Then they rounded the bend by the Bahan shrine and dropped down into the darkness of the valley.• He rounded the bend nearest the building, and nearly dropped the branch for throwing up his hands in frustration.• As they rounded the bend towards Westminster, Ranulf nudged Corbett and pointed to the near bank.From Longman Business Dictionaryroundround1 /raʊnd/ adjective1a round number or sum is a whole number, often ending in 0Let’s make it a round £50 I owe you.2in round figures when an amount is not expressed as an exact number, but as the nearest 10,100,1, 000 etcIn round figures, the expected profit is about £600 million.roundround2 noun [countable]a number or set of things that are connected such as a series of meetings or discussionsround ofThe current round of bargaining began on Oct. 23.Canadian retailers are facing a round of bankruptcies after being hit by one of the worst holiday sales seasons ever. → see alsobuying round, milk roundroundround3 verbACCOUNTING →round something → down →round something → up→ See Verb table