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

Here's everything to know about Zac's new movie and the controversy surrounding it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 Both coaches were asked about the idea that a Christmas Day game favored the visiting team, which could treat it as a regular road game while the hosts were at home, perhaps surrounded by family celebrating the holiday. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut," 26 Dec. 2018 Simply twist a nozzle in one of the corners to add or remove air from the center, which is surrounded by memory foam and a machine washable cover. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018 Chilliwack is home to about 84,000 people and is surrounded by stunning mountains and picturesque rivers. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's New Christmas Movie Starring LeAnn Rimes Was Filmed in This Canadian Town," 10 Nov. 2018 But the turbulence does not involve the entire fluid, instead confining itself to isolated spots, which are surrounded by calm, laminar flow. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 Sergeant Squelch isn't just being surrounded by love, he's being overwhelmed by love. Fox News, "Kavanaugh denies assault allegations in Fox News interview," 25 Sep. 2018 In the dining foyer, an elephant tusk dining table is surrounded by chairs upholstered in a cheerful ikat by Clarence house, while a Kelly Wearstler chandelier shines overhead. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 The main cultural and touristic attractions also surround the property. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The 10-by-18-foot screen is flanked by a surround-sound system built into custom millwork that evokes the feeling of an alien spacecraft. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 His father suggested they be used as a surround for that fireplace. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Mansion Has Sat Virtually Untouched For 50 Years," 8 July 2017 Collect seashells to embellish a fireplace surround. 3. House Beautiful, "15 Easy Upgrade Ideas For Your House," 1 May 2013 Farther down, on blocks that were once burned out, iron fences painted a shiny black surround brick and vinyl-sided townhouses built with the help of federal funds. Ashley Southall, New York Times, "In a Changing South Bronx, Residents See New Jail as Step Backward," 2 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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