surround


1sur·round

transitive verb \sə-ˈrand\

: to be on every side of (someone or something)

: to move close to (someone or something) on all sides often in order to stop a person from escaping

: to be closely related or connected to (something)

Full Definition of SURROUND

1
a (1) :  to enclose on all sides :  envelop <the crowd surrounded her> (2) :  to enclose so as to cut off communication or retreat :  invest
b :  to form or be a member of the entourage of <flatterers who surround the king>
c :  to constitute part of the environment of <surrounded by poverty>
d :  to extend around the margin or edge of :  encircle <a wall surrounds the old city>
2
:  to cause to be surrounded by something <surrounded himself with friends>

Examples of SURROUND

  1. A wall surrounds the old city.
  2. They had the suspect surrounded.
  3. She was suddenly surrounded by a crowd of excited fans.
  4. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the decision.
  5. His departure was surrounded by secrecy.

Origin of SURROUND

Middle English, to flood, inundate, from Anglo-French surunder, from Late Latin superundare, to overflow, from Latin super- + unda wave; influenced in meaning by 5round — more at water
First Known Use: circa 1616

2surround

noun

: a border or an area that is around the outside edge of something

Full Definition of SURROUND

:  something (as a border or ambient environment) that surrounds <from urban centre to rural surround — Emrys Jones>

Examples of SURROUND

  1. <the vast, featureless surround of the desert was strangely appealing to him>

First Known Use of SURROUND

1893

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