a round of events is a series of related events, which are part of a longer process
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]
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.
the final round of the championship
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
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.
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.
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
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 British English informal make the rounds American English also go the rounds British English
if a story, idea, or illness does the rounds, it is passed on from one person to another:
a joke doing the rounds
10 British English make the rounds of something American English
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.
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.
something that has a circular shape:
Slice the potatoes into rounds.
a regular visit to a number of houses, offices etc to deliver or sell things
food/newspapers/letters etcBBT British English
a song for three or four singers, in which each one sings the same tune, starting at a different time
15 British EnglishDF
sandwiches made from two whole pieces of bread
16 British EnglishDF
one whole piece of bread that has been toasted
a play that is performed in the round is performed on a central stage surrounded by the people watching it