To be positioned round a place or object means to surround it or be on all sides of it. To move round a place means to go along its edge, back to the point where you started.
They were sitting round the kitchen table...
The nightdress has handmade lace round the armholes and neckline...
If you move round a corner or obstacle, you move to the other side of it. If you look round a corner or obstacle, you look to see what is on the other side.
Suddenly a car came round a corner on the opposite side...
Stay on the left-hand pavement to follow a road downhill round a curve...
You use round to say that something happens in or relates to different parts of a place, or is near a place.
He happens to own half the land round here...
I think he has earned the respect of leaders all round the world...
If a wheel or object spins round, it turns on its axis.
Holes can be worn remarkably quickly by a wheel going round at 60mph...
Stars appeared everywhere, spinning round and round, faster and faster.
If you turn round, you turn so that you are facing or going in the opposite direction.
She paused, but did not turn round...
The end result was that the ship had to turn round, and go back to Djibouti...
If you move things round, you move them so they are in different places.
He will be glad to refurnish where possible, change things round and redecorate...
I've already moved things round a bit to make it easier for him.
If you hand or pass something round, it is passed from person to person in a group.
John handed round the plate of sandwiches.
...as the whiskey bottle is passed round.
If you go round to someone's house, you visit them.
I think we should go round and tell Kevin to turn his music down...
He came round with a bottle of champagne.
You use round in informal expressions such as sit round or hang round when you are saying that someone is spending time in a place and is not doing anything very important.
As we sat round chatting, I began to think I'd made a mistake...
I was running round all hyped up.
If something is built or based round a particular idea, that idea is the basis for it.
That was for a design built round an existing American engine...
The core of the Festival's programme centres round performances of new and 20th century work.
If you get round a problem or difficulty, you find a way of dealing with it.
Don't just immediately give up but think about ways round a problem...
There are ways of getting round most things!
If you win someone round, or if they come round, they change their mind about something and start agreeing with you.
He did his best to talk me round, but I wouldn't speak to him...
The Chandler twins were coming round to the same opinion.
You use round in expressions such as this time round or to come round when you are describing something that has happened before or things that happen regularly.
In the past, the elections have been marked by hundreds of murders, but this time round the violence has been much more limited...
Of course, it isn't the same first time round...
You can use round to give the measurement of the outside of something that is shaped like a circle or a cylinder.
I'm about two inches larger round the waist.
...forty-eight inches round the hips.
You use round in front of times or amounts to indicate that they are approximate.
I go to bed round 11:00 at night.
In spoken English, round about means approximately.
Round about one and a half million people died.
...a system that was abolished round about 1902.
You say all round to emphasize that something affects all parts of a situation or all members of a group.
It ought to make life much easier all round...
Nerves are frayed all round.
If you say that something is going round and round in your head, you mean that you can't stop thinking about it.
It all keeps going round and round in my head till I don't know where I am.
If something happens all year round, it happens throughout the year.
Many of these plants are evergreen, so you can enjoy them all year round...
It's a treat to be enjoyed all the year round.
1. a charge of ammunition for a single shot
2. an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs;"the neverending cycle of the seasons"
3. a regular route for a sentry or policeman;"in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
4. (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"
5. the activity of playing 18 holes of golf;"a round of golf takes about 4 hours"
6. the usual activities in your day;"the doctor made his rounds"
7. (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
8. the course along which communications spread;"the story is going the rounds in Washington"
9. a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic);"he ordered a second round"
10. a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
11. 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"
12. an outburst of applause;"there was a round of applause"
13. a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
14. any circular or rotating mechanism;"the machine punched out metal circles"
1. wind around; move along a circular course;"round the bend"
2. make round;"round the edges"
3. be around;"Developments surround the town""The river encircles the village"
4. pronounce with rounded lips
5. attack in speech or writing;"The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
6. bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state;"polish your social manners"
7. express as a round number;"round off the amount"
8. become round, plump, or shapely;"The young woman is fleshing out"
1. having a circular shape
2. (of sounds) full and rich;"orotund tones""the rotund and reverberating phrase""pear-shaped vowels"
3. (of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand;"in round numbers"
1. from beginning to end; throughout;"It rains all year round on Skye""frigid weather the year around"