- 1 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. (figurative) The thought kept going round and round in her head.
- 2 measuring or marking the edge or outside of something a young tree measuring only 18 inches round They've built a high fence all round to keep intruders out.
- 3 on all sides of somebody/something A large crowd had gathered round to watch.
- 4 at various places in an area People stood round waiting for something to happen.
- 5 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.
- 6 to the other side of something We walked round to the back of the house. The road's blocked—you'll have to drive the long way round.
- 7 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?
- 8 (informal) to or at a particular place, especially where somebody lives I'll be round in an hour. We've invited the Frasers round this evening. Which Word?around / round / about Around and round can often be used with the same meaning in British English, 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 North American English only around can be used in these meanings. Around, round and about can also sometimes be used with the same meaning in British English:The kids were running around/round/about outside. I’ve been waiting around/round/about to see her all day. In North American English only around can be used in these meanings. About or around can be used in both British English and North American English to mean ‘approximately’:We left around/about 8 o’clock. Word Origin Middle English: from the Old French stem round-, from a variant of Latin rotundus
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BrE BrE//raʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//raʊnd//(especially British English) (usually North American English around) For the special uses of round in phrasal verbs, look at the verb entries. For example, the meaning of come round to something is given in the phrasal verb section of the entry for come.