Surround Definition

surrounded, surrounding, surrounds
surrounded, surrounding, surrounds
To cause to be enclosed or encircled.
To surround a field with barbed wire.
Webster's New World
To be present on all or nearly all sides of; encircle.
Lush fields surround the cottage.
Webster's New World
To form an enclosure around; encompass.
A wall surrounds the city.
Webster's New World
To enclose with or as with troops, so as to cut off communication or retreat.
Webster's New World

To encircle something or simultaneously extend in all directions.

Something serving as a border, etc.
Webster's New World
The area around a thing or place.
Inflammation extending to the surround of the eye.
American Heritage
Surroundings; environment.
American Heritage
A method of hunting wild animals by surrounding them and driving them to a place from which they cannot escape.
American Heritage

Origin of Surround

  • Middle English surrounden to inundate from Old French suronder from Late Latin superundāre Latin super- super- Latin undāre to rise in waves (from unda wave wed-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English sourrounden, "to submerge, overflow", from Middle French souronder or suronder, from Late Latin superundare, from super + undare, "to rise in waves".

    From Wiktionary

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