Definition of round adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raʊnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raʊnd//
    (rounder, roundest)
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  1. 1  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 see also round-eyed, round-table
  2. 2  having a curved shape the round green hills of Donegal round brackets (= in writing) She had a small mouth and round pink cheeks.
  3. 3  [only before noun] 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.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from the Old French stem round-, from a variant of Latin rotundus ‘rotund’.Extra examples She had a very round face. Most of the county is undulating land, with low round hills and shallow valleys. Put both the surname and publication date in round brackets.
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