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sur·​round sə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce surround (audio)
surrounded; surrounding; surrounds

transitive verb

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


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: something (such as a border or ambient environment) that surrounds
from urban centre to rural surroundEmrys Jones

Examples of surround in a Sentence

Verb A wall surrounds the old city. They had the suspect surrounded. She was suddenly surrounded by a crowd of excited fans. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the decision. His departure was surrounded by secrecy. Noun the vast, featureless surround of the desert was strangely appealing to him
Recent Examples on the Web
One of the first acts to perform at Northlands, Annie in the Water led the charge on the Switchback Camp Stage, the small, cozy platform surrounded by a sea of tents, RVs and vendor booths. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2024 Investigators released an image showing Drake wearing a green shirt, surrounded by law enforcement. Greg Norman, Fox News, 20 June 2024
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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surround was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Surround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
sur·​round sə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce surround (audio)
: to enclose on all sides : encircle


2 of 2 noun
: something (as a border) that surrounds

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