- Surround is defined as to enclose or circle around.
- An example of surround is when new redwood trees grow around a fallen tree.
- An example of surround is when a fence is placed around the edge of a lot in the city.
- to cause to be encircled on all or nearly all sides: police surrounded the house
- to form an enclosure around; encompass: a wall surrounds the city
- to be present on all or nearly all sides of; encircle: lush fields surround the cottage
- to enclose (a fort, military unit, etc.) with troops so as to cut off communication or retreat; invest
Origin of surroundMiddle English surrounden, altered (as if ; from sur-, sur- + round) ; from surunden, to overflow ; from Old French suronder ; from Late Latin superundare ; from Classical Latin super- (see super-) + undare, to move in waves, rise ; from unda, a wave (see water)
Chiefly Brit. something serving as a border, etc.
transitive verbsur·round·ed, sur·round·ing, sur·rounds
- To extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle: the magnetic field that surrounds the earth.
- To enclose or confine on all sides so as to bar escape or outside communication: The police surrounded the house.
- Something, such as fencing or a border, that surrounds: a fireplace surround.
- a. The area around a thing or place: inflammation extending to the surround of the eye.b. often surrounds Surroundings; environment: “It was the country, the flat agricultural surround, that so ravished me” (Listener).
- A method of hunting wild animals by surrounding them and driving them to a place from which they cannot escape.
Origin of surroundMiddle English surrounden, to inundate, from Old French suronder, from Late Latin superundāre : Latin super-, super- + Latin undāre, to rise in waves (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present surrounds, present participle surrounding, simple past and past participle surrounded)