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



    BrE BrE//raʊnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raʊnd//
    Hospitals, Combat sports
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    stage in process
  1. 1a set of events which form part of a longer process the next round of peace talks a new round of pay bargaining the final round of voting in the election
  2. in competitions
  3. 2a stage in a competition or sports event the qualifying rounds of the National Championships Anderson was knocked out of the tournament in the third round.
  4. 3a stage in a boxing or wrestling match The fight only lasted five rounds. See related entries: Combat sports
  5. 4a complete game of golf; a complete way around the course in some other sports, such as showjumping We played a round of golf. the first horse to jump a clear round Wordfinderclosing date, competition, disqualify, judge, prize, round, runner-up, submit, tiebreaker, winner
  6. regular activities/route
  7. 5a regular series of activities the daily round of school life Her life is one long round of parties and fun.
  8. 6a regular route that somebody takes when delivering or collecting something; a regular series of visits that somebody makes Dr Green was on her daily ward rounds. (British English) a postman on his delivery round Four soldiers patrolled the area and an officer made his rounds at frequent intervals. see also milk round, paper round See related entries: Hospitals
  9. drinks
  10. 7a number of drinks bought by one person for all the others in a group a round of drinks It's my round (= it is my turn to pay for the next set of drinks).
  11. bread
  12. 8(British English) a whole slice of bread; sandwiches made from two whole slices of bread Who's for another round of toast? two rounds of beef sandwiches
  13. circle
  14. 9a round object or piece of something Cut the pastry into rounds.
  15. of applause/cheers
  16. 10round of applause/cheers a short period during which people show their approval of somebody/something by clapping, etc. There was a great round of applause when the dance ended.
  17. shot
  18. 11a single shot from a gun; a bullet for one shot They fired several rounds at the crowd. We only have three rounds of ammunition left.
  19. song
  20. 12 (music) a song for two or more voices in which each sings the same tune but starts at a different time
  21. Word OriginMiddle English: from the Old French stem round-, from a variant of Latin rotundus ‘rotund’.Extra examples Ali won the next round convincingly. Australia were knocked out in the second round. He has never made the fourth round of the tournament. I bought the last round. I finished the practice round and went in to have lunch. Italy qualified for the second round of the tournament by beating Germany. Life to him was one long round of parties. The milkman does his round very early. The soldiers fired several blank rounds into the crowd. We had a good round of golf today. We just had time for one more round of drinks. a doctor on his round a fresh round of peace talks It was the first horse to jump a clear round. Murray was knocked out of the French Open in the third round. Norwich City are through to the third round of the FA Cup. The next round of peace talks begins this month. The party did very well in the final round of voting. They were drawn to face Wigan in the preliminary round.Idioms
      do/go the rounds (of something)
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    1. 1(British English) (North American English make the rounds) if news or a joke does the rounds, it is passed on quickly from one person to another
    2. 2(British English) (also make the rounds North American English, British English) to go around from place to place, especially when looking for work or support for a political campaign, etc. He’s doing the rounds of insurance firms. The Vice-President made the rounds of television talk shows.
    1. 1(of a work of art) made so that it can be seen from all sides an opportunity to see Canova’s work in the round
    2. 2(of a theatre or play) with the people watching all around a central stage
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