surround

verb
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

surround

noun

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

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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

The village is surrounded by spear-bearing Africans and huts emblazoned with ANC flags. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Here, visitors will be surrounded by flowers, the songs of wild birds, and the breezes blowing through the valley. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Already been to Napa Valley? Next head south to Mexico's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe," 6 June 2019 Lone chimneys—the rare structures that could actually withstand the fire—stood surrounded by ash and twisted metal. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 Graduates were surrounded by friends and family, who packed the stadium’s stands behind them. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "New, old traditions take stage at OPRF High School graduation," 4 June 2019 Riding in an open convertible, RFK was soon surrounded by people. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "She was in iconic photo of RFK in Detroit, but didn't know for five decades," 4 June 2019 She was surrounded by her mother and a handful of siblings — Stephanie, Jasmine, Alexis, Megan and Phillip. Domingo Ramirez Jr., star-telegram, "Fort Worth man charged in 2 murders, including NYE party shooting that killed 18-year-old," 4 June 2019 Growing up in San Francisco, Ada was surrounded by a thriving Chinese American community, mostly comprised of immigrant families like hers, which helped her feel more immersed in her culture. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Ada Chen Is the Asian Artist Turning Stereotypes About Chinese Americans Into Jewelry," 27 May 2019 Orphaned by age 8, he was fortunately surrounded by elder slaves who, though physically chained, mentally envisioned themselves as free men. Burgess Owens, WSJ, "I Didn’t Earn Slavery Reparations, and I Don’t Want Them," 24 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

New this year are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a retuned suspension, and a surround-view parking camera. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 In Avalon and its surrounds, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and e-bike and golf cart rentals are also par for the course. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 The bathroom features a marble tile floor and vanity, large shower with tile surround and decorative tile accents. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Tasteful home in a picturesque neighborhood close to top schools, parks, hiking," 5 June 2019 Use for counters, backsplashes, around showers and tubs or as a fireplace surround. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Caesarstone Countertops," 5 Apr. 2019 There are four fireplaces, including one in the living room with a marble slab surround. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Tyra Banks buttons up another home sale in Pacific Palisades," 3 July 2018 The chaises are by McKinnon and Harris, the pool surround is Arizona sandstone, and the front door is painted in Benjamin Moore's Galaxy; the pond beyond was installed by water-garden designer Anthony Archer-Wills. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Minimalist, Moroccan-Inspired Pool House In New York," 29 June 2016 New encaustic tile can be harder to maintain than ceramic or porcelain tile, requiring special sealing and care, and might not be appropriate for wet zones like shower or bath surrounds unless treated properly. Lisa Selin Davis, WSJ, "The Kitchen’s New Design Darling: Cement Tile," 19 Nov. 2018 According The Eagle, a newspaper covering Texas A&M and its surrounds, the body of water is stocked with fish, which the public can fish for on a catch-and-release basis. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George H.W. Bush To Be Buried at His Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of surround

Verb

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

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surround

Verb

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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The first known use of surround was circa 1616

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surround

verb

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)

surround

noun

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

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

surround

verb
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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