environ

[ en-vahy-ruhn, -vahy-ern ]
/ ɛnˈvaɪ rən, -ˈvaɪ ərn /

verb (used with object)

to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop: a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.

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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

Definition for environ (2 of 2)

environ.

environment.
environmental.
environmentalism.
environmentalist.
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British Dictionary definitions for environ

environ
/ (ɪnˈvaɪrən) /

verb

(tr) to encircle or surround

Word Origin for 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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