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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyround up
he/she/itrounds up
present participlerounding up
past tenserounded up
past participlerounded up
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  1. 1
    to find and arrest people
    Dozens of political activists have been rounded up for questioning.
  2. 2
    to bring animals or people together in one place for a particular purpose
    I used to help round up the cows at milking time.
    Officials were also having trouble rounding up truck drivers to make the deliveries.
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