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

Definition of surround

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to enclose on all sides : envelop the crowd surrounded her
(2) : to enclose so as to cut off communication or retreat : invest entry 2
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



Definition of surround (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a border or ambient environment) that surrounds from urban centre to rural surround— Emrys 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wood’s district borders Georgia, one of the four lottery states that surround Alabama. Mike Cason |, al, 5 Jan. 2022 While the Byrdes may not always be as in-control as the Duttons, their scramble to come out on top, and the wild cast of characters that surround them, are just as compelling. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 3 Jan. 2022 During baking, the sugar crystals dissolve into the eggs, butter, and oil that surround them, and some caramelize. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2021 But specific islands and waters in the South China Sea are claimed by several states and islands that surround it, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Taiwan. Brad Lendon, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 Once offered at $500 million, the white marble fortress dwarfs the other multimillion-dollar mansions that surround it, and includes every amenity imaginable on a larger-than-life scale. Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2021 This is perhaps the only point which the film fails to portray effectively, too concerned with the absurdity of the politics that surround it. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 And like her, Phil’s both the smartest person in every room and utterly blind to the dangers that surround him, including the predator hiding in plain sight. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2021 The tent shape requires multiple stakes that surround the pyramid, which need to provide equal tension from all directions to keep the single carbon fiber center pole stable. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 23 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In its favor, however, are exclusive features including heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a surround-view camera, remote smart parking, and smartphone-as-key capability. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Dec. 2021 Available within options packages are rear-view mirror-camera, surround-view camera and head-up display. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 At the heart of DreamDrive is a network of up to 32 sensors—including 14 visible-light cameras, five radars and four surround-view cameras—integrated into the body of the Air. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 The wing mirrors are small digital cameras outside which offer a superior clear view of the surround. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The subs both have integrated lighting, surround-sound audio and air-conditioning. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Dec. 2021 White 6×6-inch ceramic tile from the home center was an affordable choice to cover the walls and tub surround. Sarah Egge, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Nov. 2021 BluOS multi-room music streaming, Dolby Atmos surround processing, plus many other functions. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 It’s about on par with other virtual surround tech. Christian De Looper, BGR, 26 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of surround


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


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 round entry 5 — more at water

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“Surround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of surround

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of surround (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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

Kids Definition of surround

1 : to enclose on all sides : encircle A fence surrounds the property.
2 : to be closely related or connected to … my actions will help to dispel this terrible myth of evil that seems to surround rats everywhere.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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