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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That speculation added to the early July media circus that had begun to surround the family and stood in stark contrast to the family image that was portrayed on TikTok in front of millions of fans. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 22 July 2022 As college conference realignment speculation runs rampant, questions continue to surround the future of Arizona State and Arizona Athletics. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 Trade rumors will continue to surround Castillo for the next two weeks. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 17 July 2022 The Blazers are in rebuilding mode but are filling their roster with strong young talent to surround Lillard. Gary Washburn,, 16 July 2022 In the footage, officers stop one person in a parking lot, while several other officers in police cars surround a second person behind the car dealership. Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 To surround those programs with commercials, however, the company will require outside assistance. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 13 July 2022 The area has been the home of the Salish tribes for thousands of years, and the waters of the Salish Sea, which surround the San Juans, are cold, deep, and nutrient rich. Emily Nathan, Sunset Magazine, 12 July 2022 More recently, the company developed a new real-time virtual production platform called StageCraft that allows filmmakers to surround actors with screens realistically depicting any location in the world. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Danger and death surround this small creature throughout the film. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Outlets at Anthem: Seating, restrooms, a food court and lots of shopping surround this splash-play area, best for younger children. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2022 Two seats on the Illinois Supreme Court are up for grabs this November in the second and third judicial districts, both of which surround Chicago. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 9 July 2022 Spatial audio then uses that data to deliver sound on various devices, including TV speakers or headphones that typically offer only stereo sound instead of a traditional multi-channel surround setup. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 The legends and lore that surround offseason SEC football is generally reserved for SEC Media Days. Mark Heim |, al, 1 June 2022 Unlike other virtual surround sound systems, SteelSeries says that Sonar uses the true 7.1 surround soundtrack. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 May 2022 Its visual highlights include a propane-burning fireplace with a marble surround and hearth, and two alcoves set off by columns. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 19 June 2022 Spicer-Warin’s carved moonstone cameo depicting Zeus, King of the Gods of Mount Olympus with his wife Hera with an old mine cut diamond surround. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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“Surround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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