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environ

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verb en·vi·ron \in-ˈvī-rən, -ˈvī(-ə)rn\

Definition of environ

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  encircle, surround



Examples of environ

  1. <a decaying, impoverished city environed by affluent suburbs>



Origin of environ

Middle English envirounen, from Anglo-French enviruner, from envirun around, from en in (from Latin in) + virun circle, from virer to turn — more at veer


First Known Use: 14th century


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