surround

verb
sur·round | \ sə-ˈrau̇nd \
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

One stretch of the embankment along the river likely to draw visitors, which had been surrounded by a blue fence for years, was finally refurbished. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 Even when a seal is sedated though, the crew must remain alert as they are surrounded by fully awake, burly seals. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Second, Ayton commanded an inordinate amount of defensive attention, something that shouldn’t happen in the regular season when he’s surrounded by better players and shooters. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 Considering the Subculture Palette was surrounded in controversy prior to even being released, many people commented that they weren't surprised by this news. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Anastasia Beverly Hills Hinted the Subculture Palette May Be Discontinued Soon," 13 July 2018 Bodie sits at 8,375 feet, a mountainous location, and Death Valley lies 282 feet below sea level and is surrounded by mountains that prevent much daytime heat from leaving the valley. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: How closely located are the highest and lowest U.S. temperatures?," 11 July 2018 Hamele said Gomez was surrounded by family during his time at the hospital, but that neither Gomez nor any family member wanted to comment. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Man critically wounded in Overland Park school playground shooting out of hospital," 11 July 2018 Rakitić jokes that being surrounded by so many different cuisines is perhaps what caused his stomach to act up. SI.com, "Ivan Rakitić Reveals the Change in Diet Which Has Helped His Recovery & Performance," 8 July 2018 The idea for Prohibition Craft Spirits came about after Hazelbaker learned the history of the distillery's location and its surrounding area. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Tequila in bourbon barrels? New craft distillery comes to Phoenix Hill," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its sparkling light prettily speckles the surround as if brought about by its tinkling accompaniment. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018 The wood surround was copied from a mantel in Wynkoop House, an 18th-century stone dwelling in upstate New York that inspired some of Whitson's architectural details. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Classic and Comfortable Living Room," 24 Feb. 2014 Narvik Black trimmed the silver two-bar grille, front vents, headlight housing, fender badging, mirror caps, window surround, pillars, rear spoiler, liftgate, and liftgate badging. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 For their installation, SCAPE filled the elegant surrounds of the pavilion with low-tech materials used to combat erosion, like bundles of willow branches (collected and used by local fishermen), coir logs, and concrete blocks. Giovanna Dunmall, Curbed, "At Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. pavilion tackles borders and citizenship," 31 May 2018 Changes include body-color grille surround and door handles; gloss-black grille and mirror caps; black roof rails, window trim, badging and Chevy bowties. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 As a result, the original fireplaces (there are a total of nine) had no marble surrounds, and crown molding and trim did not extend to the second floor. Joan Walden, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 1093 Prospect Avenue, West Hartford," 5 Jan. 2018 Outlets at Anthem Seating, restrooms, a food court and lots of shopping surround this splash-play area, most suitable for younger children. azcentral, "45 Phoenix area splash pads, parks and water features," 14 June 2018 The woodwork through the entire property, along with the marble surrounds are extremely valuable. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Historic Abell Mansion built for Baltimore Sun owner up for auction," 11 June 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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Phrases Related to surround

surround oneself with (someone or something)

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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 \
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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