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

Above, see how a supermodel gets ready for a big night out, surrounded by the best in the business. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Bella Hadid Got Ready for Dior Beauty’s Star-Studded Party in L.A.," 9 May 2019 During the 2016 presidential election, this swath was an anomaly of Clinton Democrats surrounded by a sea of Trump Republicans. Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, "‘Origins’ Review: The Earth and Us," 9 May 2019 Like the initial birth announcement, Harry and Meghan shared the news in a sweet Instagram post, with a photo of Archie surrounded by his parents, his grandmother Doria Ragland, and his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announced Archie's Name Two Days After His Birth," 8 May 2019 And what does the bride wear to an impromptu Vegas wedding surrounded by (some) of her dearest family and friends? Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Wore a Jumpsuit for Her Las Vegas Wedding to Joe Jonas Last Night," 2 May 2019 While things might have come to a bloody end for Jon and Ygritte, Kit and Rose tied the knot in June 2018 with an elegant Scotland wedding, surrounded by their Game of Thrones family. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kit Harington Says One of His Favorite "Game of Thrones" Scenes Was Rose Leslie's Death," 28 Apr. 2019 But your baby is safely protected thanks to the amniotic fluid surrounding them, which basically serves as one big shock absorber. Kaitlin Stanford, Woman's Day, "How to Safely Have Sex During Pregnancy," 18 Apr. 2019 Day three of weekend one, Kendall sauntered up to the VIP box at Revolve Festival surrounded by a massive entourage, looking dead gorgeous. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Basically Wore the Exact Same Outfit to Coachella Music Festival," 16 Apr. 2019 The first castles were merely earthen heaps surrounded by a wooden palisade wall. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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