- 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 enclosed or encircled: to surround a field with barbed wire
- 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 with or as with troops, so as to cut off communication or retreat
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)
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 superundare : Latin super-, super- + Latin undare, 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)
Middle English sourrounden, "to submerge, overflow", from Middle French souronder or suronder, from Late Latin superundare, from super + undare, "to rise in waves".