Definition of Surround

1. Noun. The area in which something exists or lives. "The country--the flat agricultural surround"

2. Verb. Extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle. "The forest surrounds my property"
Exact synonyms: Border, Environ, Ring, Skirt
Generic synonyms: Adjoin, Contact, Meet, Touch
Specialized synonyms: Fringe, Gird, Girdle, Cloister, Close In, Enclose, Inclose, Shut In, Hem In, Cloister
Derivative terms: Border, Border, Border, Surroundings

3. Verb. Envelop completely. "The wind storms surround the area with dust and dirt"; "Smother the meat in gravy"
Exact synonyms: Smother
Generic synonyms: Cover

4. Verb. Surround so as to force to give up. "The Turks besieged Vienna"
Exact synonyms: Beleaguer, Besiege, Circumvent, Hem In
Generic synonyms: Assail, Attack
Specialized synonyms: Blockade, Seal Off, Ebb
Derivative terms: Besieger

5. Verb. Surround with a wall in order to fortify.
Exact synonyms: Fence, Fence In, Palisade, Wall
Generic synonyms: Protect
Specialized synonyms: Stockade, Circumvallate
Derivative terms: Fence, Palisade, Wall, Wall, Wall
Also: Wall In, Wall Up

Definition of Surround

1. v. t. To inclose on all sides; to encompass; to environ.

2. n. A method of hunting some animals, as the buffalo, by surrounding a herd, and driving them over a precipice, into a ravine, etc.

Definition of Surround

1. Verb. (transitive) To encircle or simultaneously extend on all sides of something. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To enclose or confine something on all sides so as to prevent escape. ¹

3. Noun. (British) Anything, such as a fence or border that surrounds something. ¹

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Definition of Surround

1. to extend completely around [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Surround

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surrogate mothers
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surround (current term)
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Literary usage of Surround

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"surround (rare); spec, circumambulate (rare), circumnavigate, perambulate, tour. circuit, ft course, round, circulate, circle; spec, tour, detour; ..."

2. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"... Exciting Scenes— The Buffalo surround —The Square Chase—Hunting the Elk ... Ogle and the Sioux — Preparing for the surround—The Onslaught—Discovery of a ..."

3. The History of the French Revolution by Adolphe Thiers, Frederic Shoberl (1866)
"This committee agreed to surround the Convention with the armed force, ... By taking care to surround the National Palace with these devoted men, ..."

4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1850)
"... that Theodore was not powerfull enough William III. to surround it; that the Disorders of the Syrian Troops were ..."

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