- 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
Examples from the Web for surrounded
They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The inauguration had to be held in the fortified Kremlin, surrounded by an eerily quiet city.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?
Jamie Dettmer, Christopher Dickey
December 24, 2014
At the end of the hearing Gruber walked out silently, surrounded by cameras and accompanied by his lawyer.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
December 9, 2014
Especially not when the display in question includes an angel falling from the sky in flames, surrounded by Biblical verses.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
I am never so surrounded by boon companions as when I am all alone.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
If the Pole is surrounded by water, it must be a visible point of land.
I surrounded myself with the smaller natures and the meaner minds.De Profundis
In her eagerness, it was as if the halo of joy that surrounded her were quivering.The Bacillus of Beauty
Mike drew him inside the little enclosure that surrounded the stand.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- 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 and History for surrounded
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.