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 group then surrounded the convoy and took pictures of their vehicles, before another exchange of fire, the source said. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "US forces come under fire while on patrol in Syria," 12 Feb. 2020 But the more breathtaking experience, especially at golden hour, would be hopping in the elevator to the Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, with comfy outdoor seating surrounding crackling stone fire pits, keeping guests warm and entertained year-round. Rachel King, Fortune, "How to spend a winter weekend in Napa," 11 Feb. 2020 Where to stay The new arrival: Hoshinoya Guguan Japanese brand Hoshinoya, which specializes in deep-nature minimalism, opened its first Taiwan outpost in the tiny hot-spring enclave of Guguan last summer, surrounded by 10,000-foot-tall mountains. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Taiwan's Hot Springs and Tea Plantations," 7 Feb. 2020 Bob Dekoning: Need to look into why the state test scores of Menomonee Falls compared to the surrounding communities has dropped. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five candidates are running for two spots on the Menomonee Falls School Board," 28 Jan. 2020 The casino broke ground later that year with the support of Glendale and its surrounding communities. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "See the latest photos of the new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley opening Feb. 19," 28 Jan. 2020 May love and peace surround the families of all involved. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Cardi B, Drake, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & More React to Kobe Bryant's Death," 26 Jan. 2020 The stakes are relatively low in this case: Voters are choosing a new board of supervisors for the King Conservation District, a Washington state environmental agency many people in Seattle and the surrounding area have never heard of. TheWeek, "Seattle is letting everyone vote via smartphone in a local election," 22 Jan. 2020 Jim Berns, her K9 Handler and pet detective, searches Greater Cincinnati and surrounding areas for missing cats and dogs. Sarah Brookbank,, "Local search and rescue dog who helped find lost pets has died," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There will also be new stereo sound modes that users can equip to make non-surround-sound audio sound even better through their new speaker setup. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Roku Smart Soundbars can now be used to make surround sound systems," 29 Jan. 2020 V-8-powered X7s feature massaging and cooled front seats with quilted, perforated leather, and a surround-view camera system, as well as a Bowers & Wilkins premium 20-speaker audio system. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, "BMW launches first-ever X7," 23 Aug. 2019 These titles involve little more than traveling from one point to another, sometimes interacting with the occasional object while leisurely taking in the surrounds. James O'sullivan, Quartzy, "Video games have become a new form of literature," 10 Dec. 2019 Automatic Parking Assistant Plus with surround-view cameras with 3-D view and Active Park Distance Control helps maneuver into either parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, controlling acceleration, braking, steering and gearing. Emma Jayne Williams,, "BMW updates the 7-Series sedan line for 2020; plug-in hybrid model added," 3 Dec. 2019 To the left of the foyer, the front-to-back living room offers crown molding and a working fireplace with a white wooden mantel and a brick surround. John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: The Marshall Act was passed the year this house was built. It doesn’t look it.," 31 Oct. 2019 The surround-view system now uses a more powerful graphics processing unit to replicate the terrain around the vehicle and allows users to quickly spin the view around. Wired, "The Land Rover Defender Is Back—With a Softer, Smarter Look," 12 Sep. 2019 An executive office to the right of the foyer has a glass French door entry and is also anchored by a fireplace with a sandstone surround that reaches the ceiling. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Danville estate makes the most of its amazing views of Mount Diablo," 18 Sep. 2019 The smaller bedroom has a linear closet, and the second bath has a tub with shower with marbled porcelain surround. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "West Loop’s 727 West Madison apartments play up elliptical design," 20 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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20 Feb 2020

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“Surround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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