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round down

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.
See also: down, round
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, round
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Before VAT, people used to have a combination of rounding up and rounding down," the minister said.
DAV opposes any changes in law or regulations that would repeal or deprive disabled veterans or their dependents of existing benefits, per Resolution 088, which opposes the long-term rounding down of COLA increases because it directly reduces benefit payments to veterans and their survivors.
Fractional shares of common stock resulting from the exercise of subscription rights will be eliminated by rounding down to the nearest whole share.
Pennies from Heaven works by rounding down the net salaries of participating people to the nearest pound, with the rest given to charity.
Using this sample conversion rate, an American tourist in India is likely to overspend as a result of rounding down.
The scheme asks staff to donate the extra pennies they receive in their pay, rounding down their wage to the nearest pound.
Although a 2001 study by the Penn State economist Ray Lombra suggested that penny retirement might lead to cumulative retail inflation, there's no reason rounding up would be more common than rounding down. And gas station prices are already calculated in tenths of a penny, with no hardship even for cheapskates like me who buy only 87-grade gas at the cash-only price.
The number of FTE employees is found by totaling the number of employee hours of service for which the employer paid taxable wages during the year, dividing that amount by 2,080, and rounding down to a whole number.
As more than the maximum number of Units for which the Offer was made were tendered to the Offer and not withdrawn, the Units to be purchased from each unitholder will be determined on a pro rata basis according to the number of Units tendered by each unitholder, disregarding fractions, by rounding down to the nearest whole number of Units.
Concluding that the USA had "acted inconsistently with [the WTO's] Anti- Dumping Agreement" by rounding down valuations of Thai exports or 'zeroing'.
Customers will benefit from a single point of contact for all their network needs and gain standardised usage rounding down to 1KB in all markets.
It had been hoped that new guidance from Defra would put an end to this practice, but according to the NSA some abattoirs are continuing to get away with rounding down sheep carcase weights because of the wording within the terms and conditions of trade.
First, electronic weighing-room scales aren't consistently rounding down to the nearest pound.
The single-family limit, after customary rounding down to the nearest $50, can be no higher than $417,000 for one-unit properties in 2006, up from 2005's limit of $359,650, said OFHEO.
And because of a government-demanded overall rounding down, rather than up, of fares after the euro changeover, a bill of euro2 million is anticipated.