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

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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 home where Truman lived in Monroeville as a child, the one that inspired the film’s setting, is no longer standing but a rock wall that once surrounded the home remains as a tribute to his memory. Kelly Kazek |, al, "Alabama town served as setting for Truman Capote film ‘The Thanksgiving Visitor’," 7 Nov. 2019 An agenda for a December meeting, sent by an official with Caliber Corporate Advisors, between Mandel’s staff and Caliber representatives, recaps the media blitz that surrounded the launch of Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Yost: Suspended Ohio bitcoin tax-payment program set up improperly," 5 Nov. 2019 His style has long fascinated physicists, such as the controversy surrounding the question of whether or not Pollock's paintings show evidence of fractal patterns. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Splatter master Jackson Pollock avoided “coiling” when creating his paintings," 4 Nov. 2019 The rusted fencing that surrounded the property is mostly gone, and all of the new equipment is handicapped accessible. Don Stacom,, "‘I thought we should have one here.’ For one New Britain father, a refurbished playground means his daughter can now play in her own city," 4 Nov. 2019 The bustling historic Irvington area is home to several Portland eateries, a coffee shop and a bar and is surrounded by residential houses and apartments. oregonlive, "Victim identified in fatal Irvington shooting," 4 Nov. 2019 The 16,000-square-foot building occupies a 1.5-acre site and is surrounded by commercial uses, staff said in a report to the council. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta OKs holiday charity use of former furniture store," 1 Nov. 2019 When asked about the controversy surrounding possible risks, Siegel isn’t fazed. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "The Rise of the ‘Botox Bar’," 30 Oct. 2019 The duo planned on sealing the 35 vents in his home, which is surrounded by a thick shading of trees. Anchorage Daily News, "More than 90,000 evacuated as Sonoma County fire grows; unprecedented power outages loom," 27 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flooring is ceramic tile, while the shower surround is terrazzo. Real Estate, "Home of the Week: For less than $500,000, a condo with a roof deck in Roslindale," 17 Oct. 2019 This pattern, available in other colorways, can be adapted to fit any bathroom surround. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "The Kids' Rooms That Spark Children's Creativity," 14 Oct. 2019 The 17-speaker, 900-watt Lexicon surround-sound audio system is Kia’s most powerful system to date. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kia K900: A crazy-rich VIP for the middle class," 6 Oct. 2019 Some of that would fall to the ground with rain, but much of it would absorb sunlight, heating the surround air and riding the resultant rising motion into the stratosphere. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Misery of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would be global," 4 Oct. 2019 The 2019 Nissan’s Leaf SL Plus comes standard with all the goodies, including surround cameras, Nissan’s suite of advanced safety features including ProPilot Assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and driver alert warning. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan’s Leaf Plus adds power, sports 200-mile range," 27 Sep. 2019 The master bathroom features a jetted tub, shower with marble surround, dual-sink vanity, skylights and a pocket door to a large walk-in closet. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: Spectacular Mt. Diablo views from a Round Hill North home in Alamo," 12 Aug. 2019 Updated within the past two years, the pebble tec and solar-heated pool and waterfall spa have all new plumbing, and a new patio surround. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Intricately remodeled home in Alamo’s Bryan Meadow area showcases a private playland," 9 Sep. 2019 The original album has been mixed by anew producer Giles Martin(son of George) and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo -- with an audio Blu-Ray in the boxed set including three additional new mixes, in Dlby Atmos, 5.1 surround and high-res stereo. Chris Willman,, "Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ to get deluxe 50-year treatment in September," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of surround was circa 1616

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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Surround.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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