- to enclose on all sides; encompass: She was surrounded by reporters.
- to form an enclosure round; encircle: A stone wall surrounds the estate.
- to enclose (a body of troops, a fort or town, etc.) so as to cut off communication or retreat.
- something that surrounds, as the area, border, etc., around an object or central space: a tile surround for the shower stall.
- environment or setting: The designer created a Persian surround for the new restaurant.
- a means of hunting in which wild animals are encircled and chased into a special spot that makes their escape impossible.
- the act of hunting by this means.
- the location encircled by hunters using this means.
Origin of surround
Related Words for surroundinundate, besiege, envelop, ring, circle, beleaguer, bound, beset, gird, rim, verge, circumscribe, encompass, skirt, circumvent, border, limit, confine, blockade, compass
Examples from the Web for surround
Contemporary Examples of surround
Think Afghanistan and pieces of all the countries that surround it, including and especially Iran.ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
The first potential scientific secret to improving your bedroom experience: surround yourself with men.Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm?
December 6, 2014
Brittany has decided that her husband and family will, Nov. 1, in her own bed, surround her that day.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
Living as they do in the heart of the volatile Caucasus, Georgians are only too aware of the fires that surround them.ISIS on Georgia’s Mind
September 26, 2014
In On Saudi Arabia, journalist Karen Elliott House describes the odd silence that seems to surround the House of Saud.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
March 29, 2014
Historical Examples of surround
"Surround her with a bodyguard, if you like," said the General.The Bacillus of Beauty
And as you can see, we surround ourselves with all means of enlightenment.
I shall place it in my room and surround it with fresh flowers.
It was Mrs. Vansittart's pleasant habit to surround herself with every comfort.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
They must surround me, you observe, and therefore they are here.Barnaby Rudge
- to encircle or enclose or cause to be encircled or enclosed
- to deploy forces on all sides of (a place or military formation), so preventing access or retreat
- to exist aroundI dislike the people who surround her
- mainly British a border, esp the area of uncovered floor between the walls of a room and the carpet or around an opening or panel
- mainly US
- a method of capturing wild beasts by encircling the area in which they are believed to be
- the area so encircled
Word Origin for surround
Word Origin and History for surround
early 15c., "to flood, overflow," from Middle French soronder "to overflow, abound, surpass, dominate," from Late Latin superundare "overflow," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + undare "to flow in waves," from unda "wave" (see water (n.); and cf. abound). Sense of "to shut in on all sides" first recorded 1610s, influenced by figurative meaning in French of "dominate," and by sound association with round. Related: Surrounded; surrounding.