rounded; rounds; rounding; roundest

Round things are either shaped like circles or have curves, like a baby's round belly or a round basketball.

A cookie is usually round, and so is Santa Claus. When you use round as a verb, it means to form something into a circular or spherical shape: "Round the dough and then press it into the pan." In math, round means to go up or down to the nearest whole number: "Round the bill up before you figure out how much to tip your server." The Latin root, rotundus, means "like a wheel."

Definitions of round
  1. adjective
    having a circular shape
    synonyms: circular
    having the general shape of an apple
    ball-shaped, global, globose, globular, orbicular, spheric, spherical
    having the shape of a sphere or ball
    having the general shape of a barrel
    bulb-shaped, bulblike, bulbous
    shaped like a bulb
    being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip
    spherical; like a coccus
    shaped like a cumulus cloud
    disc-shaped, disclike, discoid, discoidal, disk-shaped, disklike
    having a flat circular shape
    resembling the shape of a goblet
    moon-round, moonlike
    resembling the moon in shape
    resembling a nut in shape and size
    resembling a pancake in shape
    having a round shape tapered at one end
    having the round shape of a pinwheel
    having the shape of a ring
    somewhat round in appearance or form
    round like a wheel
    curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged
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    having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle
    having four sides and four angles
    forming a right angle or containing one or more right angles
    having been made square
    somewhat square in appearance or form
    angular, angulate
    having angles or an angular shape
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  2. noun
    any circular or rotating mechanism
    synonyms: circle
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    disc, disk
    a flat circular plate
    acetate disk, phonograph recording disk
    a disk coated with cellulose acetate
    brake disk
    a disk or plate that is fixed to the wheel; pressure is applied to it by the brake pads
    (nautical) a round hardwood disk with holes and a grooved perimeter used to tighten a shroud
    electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves
    discus, saucer
    a disk used in throwing competitions
    a light, plastic disk about 10 inches in diameter; propelled with a flip of the wrist for recreation or competition
    coin blank, planchet
    a flat metal disk ready for stamping as a coin
    hockey puck, puck
    a vulcanized rubber disk 3 inches in diameter that is used instead of a ball in ice hockey
    a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
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    rotating mechanism
    a mechanism that rotates
  3. noun
    a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
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    cut of beef
    cut of meat from beef cattle
  4. verb
    make round
    round the edges”
    synonyms: round off, round out
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    contract one's lips into a rounded shape
    pooch, pooch out
    round one's lips as if intending to kiss
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  5. verb
    become round, plump, or shapely
    synonyms: fill out, flesh out
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    gain, put on
    increase (one's body weight)
  6. verb
    wind around; move along a circular course
    round the bend”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  7. verb
    pronounce with rounded lips
    synonyms: labialise, labialize
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    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  8. noun
    an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
    synonyms: cycle, rhythm
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    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  9. noun
    the usual activities in your day
    “the doctor made his rounds
    synonyms: daily round
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    habitual mode of behavior
  10. noun
    (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
    “the doctor goes on his rounds first thing every morning”
    “the postman's rounds
    “we enjoyed our round of the local bars”
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    a visit in an official or professional capacity
  11. noun
    the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
    “a round of golf takes about 4 hours”
    synonyms: round of golf
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    type of:
    golf, golf game
    a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
  12. noun
    (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
    synonyms: bout, turn
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    top, top of the inning
    the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
    bottom, bottom of the inning
    the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
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    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  13. noun
    a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time
    “they enjoyed singing rounds
    synonyms: troll
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    a song with two or more voice parts
  14. noun
    a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)
    “he ordered a second round
    synonyms: round of drinks
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    helping, portion, serving
    an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
  15. noun
    a charge of ammunition for a single shot
    synonyms: one shot, unit of ammunition
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    ammo, ammunition
    projectiles to be fired from a gun
  16. noun
    an outburst of applause
    “there was a round of applause”
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    applause, clapping, hand clapping
    a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
  17. adverb
    from beginning to end; throughout
    “It rains all year round on Skye”
    synonyms: around
  18. noun
    a regular route for a sentry or policeman
    synonyms: beat
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    itinerary, path, route
    an established line of travel or access
  19. noun
    the course along which communications spread
    “the story is going the rounds in Washington”
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    course, path, track
    a line or route along which something travels or moves
  20. adjective
    (mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand
    “in round numbers”
    not exact
  21. verb
    bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
    synonyms: brush up, burnish, polish, polish up, round off
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    hone, perfect
    refine or make more perfect or effective
  22. verb
    express as a round number
    round off the amount”
    synonyms: round down, round off, round out
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  23. adjective
    (of sounds) full and rich
    synonyms: orotund, pear-shaped, rotund
    (of sound) having marked deepness and body
  24. noun
    a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
    synonyms: rung, stave
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    a transverse brace
  25. verb
    attack in speech or writing
    synonyms: assail, assault, attack, lash out, snipe
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    abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout
    use foul or abusive language towards
    attack as if with claws
    subject to bitter verbal abuse
    criticize or abuse strongly and violently
    attack forcefully
    barrage, bombard
    address continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
    blister, scald, whip
    subject to harsh criticism
    attack strongly
    abuse with coarse language
    rail, revile, vilify, vituperate
    spread negative information about
    heap obscenities upon
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    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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