[ en-vahy-ruhn, -vahy-ern ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop: a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.

Origin of environ

1300–50; Middle English envirounen<Old French environner, derivative of environ around (enen-1 + viron a circle; vir(er) to turn, veer1 + -on noun suffix)

Other words from environ

  • un·en·vi·roned, adjective

Words Nearby environ

Other definitions for environ. (2 of 2)


  1. environment.

  2. environmental.

  1. environmentalism.

  2. environmentalist.

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How to use environ in a sentence

  • On deck there is an inclination to move quietly, to preserve a silence in keeping with the weird spell that seems to environ us.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms | David W. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for environ


/ (ɪnˈvaɪrən) /

  1. (tr) to encircle or surround

Origin of environ

C14: from Old French environner to surround, from environ around, from en- 1 + viron a circle, from virer to turn, veer 1

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