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[wel-roun-did] /ˈwɛlˈraʊn dɪd/
having desirably varied abilities or attainments.
desirably varied:
a well-rounded curriculum.
fully developed; well-balanced.
Origin of well-rounded
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The magazine may be quite interesting, but it is not the place to get a well-rounded education.
  • His popularity has always owed more to his raffish, well-rounded personality than to his views.
  • Of course, he's likely a tad more well-rounded than some, doing amateur theater on the weekends.
  • They see scientific investigation and religious faith as complementary components of a well-rounded life.
  • In her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education.
  • The two letters of recommendation should help present a well-rounded view of the student.
  • Even if they have a well-rounded portfolio, they want to make small bets on markets or sectors that they think will thrive.
  • Any item that can be quickly cooked into a well-rounded meal at the end of a long work day will never linger long.
  • The truth is that, in the information age, a well-rounded curriculum is not a luxury but a necessity.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-rounded


adjective (well rounded when postpositive)
rounded in shape or well developed: a well-rounded figure
full, varied, and satisfying: a well-rounded life
well planned and balanced: a well-rounded programme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-rounded

1796, from well (adv.) + past participle of round (v.). Figurative sense is from mid-19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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