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To add to and complete something, enhancing it in the process. A noun or pronoun can be used between "round" and "out." Let's round out the evening with a sunset walk on the beach. The singer's solo rounded out the performance really well.
To use a higher or the next-highest number, especially so as to eliminate decimal places. (Usually done when the non-whole number is .5 or greater; lower than that, and the number would typically be rounded down.) A noun or pronoun can be used between "round" and "up." Most stores mark their prices at .99 instead of rounding them up to whole numbers. The accountant had been using the exact numbers from the sales data, while I had been rounding them up when doing my own calculations.
To use a lower or the next-lowest number, especially so as to eliminate decimal places. (Usually done when the non-whole number is less than .5; higher than that, and the number would typically be rounded up.) A noun or pronoun can be used between "round" and "down." Most stores round their prices down to .99 instead of keeping them as whole numbers. The accountant had been using the exact numbers from the sales data, while I had been rounding them down when doing my own calculations.
1. To eliminate the decimals from a fraction in order to create a whole number, either by moving to the next lowest number when the decimals are less than one half, or moving up the next highest number when the decimals are greater than one half. A noun or pronoun can be used between "round" and "off." Please round off the figures used in your return, as failure to do so may result in delay to it being processed correctly. You can't just round the number off like that—it has to be exact!
2. To finish or complement something, especially in a perfect or appropriate way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "round" and "off." We rounded off the evening with a lovely walk through Central Park. I actually think it's nicer to round a meal off with a selection of cheeses, rather than a dessert.
To suddenly attack, berate, or show hostility toward someone, especially verbally. I know he seems friendly, but he'll round on you in an instant if you disagree with him. I was really taken aback when Sally rounded on me because of what I said. It was just a joke, after all!
round someone or something up
to locate and gather someone or something. Please round the suspects up for questioning. The police rounded up the two possible suspects.
round something down
to reduce a fractional part of a number to the next lowest whole number. (See also round off to something.) You can round this figure down if you want. It won't affect the total all that much. Please round down all figures having fractions less than one-half.
round something off
to change a number to the next higher or lower whole number. (See also round off to something.) You should round 8.122 off. I rounded off 8.789 to 9.
round something off (with something)
to finish something with something; to complement something with something. We rounded the meal off with a fine cognac. We rounded off the meal with a sinful dessert.
round something out
to complete or enhance something. We will round the evening out with dessert at a nice restaurant. They rounded out the meal with dessert.
round something up
1. to collect a group of people or things; to organize people or things into a group. The cowboys rounded up the cattle for market. See if you can round some helpers up.
2. to change a number to the next higher whole number. (See also round off to something.) I rounded up 8.789 to 9. You should round $65.99 up to $66.
1. Change a number to the closest whole number or the closest multiple of 10. For example, Rounding it off, I expect the new school addition will cost a million dollars.
2. Also, round out. Finish, complete, especially in a neat or perfect way. For example, They rounded off the dinner with a magnificent liqueur, or That stamp rounded out his collection. [Mid-1700s; variant, mid-1800s] Also see round out.
Turn on, assail, especially verbally. For example, They all rounded on Jake for not upholding the party line. [Mid-1800s]
1. See round off, def. 2.
2. Grow or develop to a round form, as in The tree was spindly when first planted, but it has since rounded out nicely. [c. 1900]
Collect or gather in a body, as in We'll have to round up some more volunteers for the food drive, or The police rounded up all the suspects. This term comes from the West, where since the mid-1800s it has been used for collecting livestock by riding around the herd and driving the animals together. By about 1875 it was extended to other kinds of gathering together.
To assail someone suddenly; turn on someone: The entire group rounded on me when I questioned their motives.
To bring some event or achievement to a pleasing conclusion or completeness, especially by enhancing it: This last song will round out our performance for this evening. Let's round the meal out with a glass of wine.
1. To herd some cattle together from various places: In the evening it's time to round up the herd. The ranchers rounded the younger cattle up to brand them.
2. To seek out and bring some people or things together; gather some people or things: We rounded up all of our neighbors to help clean the park. Go out and round the kids up for dinner.
3. To change some exact number to the nearest whole number above it: The statistician rounded 4.612 up to 5. When you take the test, round up your answers.