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Syllabification: sur·round
Pronunciation: /səˈround

Definition of surround in English:


[with object] (usually be surrounded)
1Be all around (someone or something): the hotel is surrounded by its own gardens figurative he loves to surround himself with family and friends
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  • There will be no parking at the ground or in surrounding streets.
  • They thrive off of human interaction, they love company, they love to talk to people, to socialize, to surround themselves with people.
  • Restaurants, bars and hotels could surround the water.
neighboring, nearby, near, neighborhood, local;
adjoining, adjacent, bordering, abutting;
encircling, encompassing
1.1(Of troops, police, etc.) encircle (someone or something) so as to cut off communication or escape: troops surrounded the parliament building
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  • The club was literally surrounded by police forces, including mobile armed units of the patrol service Scut.
  • The barn on the property was surrounded by police officers drawing their weapons.
  • The jet was surrounded by police and commandos but there was no indication of the number of hijackers.
1.2Be associated with: the killings were surrounded by controversy
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  • Much hype surrounds the internet's self-publishing phenomenon known as blogging.
  • There is more hype surrounding Tokyo than practically any other capital city in the world.
  • What about the ‘controversies’ that surround Shakespeare and his works?


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1A thing that forms a border or edging around an object: an oak fireplace surround
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  • Where the original stove would have been, she has created an inglenook fireplace with an oak surround and alcove storage.
  • There are two reception rooms, both of which feature original fireplaces with oak surrounds and tiled insets.
  • The room has a picture rail and the original fireplace with a mahogany surround.
1.1 (usually surrounds) The area encircling something; surroundings: the beautiful surrounds of Moosehead Lake
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  • The reception was held in the beautiful surrounds of the Masters Quarters and the announcements were made by Minister O'Donoghue.
  • The dark wood surrounds of the reception area and restaurant provide a deeply pleasant atmosphere, allowing you to spend time off the beach but not away from it.
  • In the fast-moving confines of a rail carriage it is easy to pass through these areas without noticing the surrounds.


late Middle English (in the sense 'overflow'): from Old French souronder, from late Latin superundare, from super- 'over' + undare 'to flow' (from unda 'a wave'); later associated with round. Current senses of the noun date from the late 19th century.

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