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    "Round up" seems to have two meanings, one of which is "to gather" and the other "make something round(circular)". So does the underlined mean the latter?

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    ex)...One incredible hunting strategy is used by the dolphins. They team up to collect the sardines into a round group, called a "bait ball.". Once the sardines are rounded up, it is difficult for the dolphins swimming around to snatch them...

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    round somebody/something ↔ up phrasal verb
    2 to find and gather together a group of people, animals, or things : See if you can round up a few friends to help you!
    His dog Nell started to round up the sheep.


    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.

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    Can you tell me there's nothing like "make something a circular form" in its meaning?

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    No, I don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    They team up to collect the sardines into a round group, called a "bait ball."
    Here they use "collect," so I'd say that, 'Once the sardines are rounded up...' refers back to "collect."

    This is what makes the most sense to me.

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    Default Re: rounded up

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you tell me there's nothing like "make something a circular form" in its meaning?
    I wouldn't use "to round up" or any other phrasal verb to mean "to make something into a circular form". However, I would use "to round" or "to roll into a ball".

    When making doughnuts, you make dough and then you "round it into medium-sized balls".
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