Definition of surround in English:

surround

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Be all round (someone or something)

    ‘the hotel is surrounded by its own gardens’
    figurative ‘he loves to surround himself with family and friends’
    • ‘The house was surrounded by tall trees and stubby bushes.’
    • ‘They were instantly surrounded by a glowing white aura.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sides of the fish have beautiful red spots surrounded by a pale halo.’
    • ‘The barren grounds that surrounded the old house gave it an imperial look.’
    • ‘The island was surrounded by a moat with steep and slippery red clay sides.’
    • ‘The historic Victorian buildings are surrounded by trees, flowerbeds and lawns.’
    • ‘Not only is it surrounded by mountains but it also enjoys a mild climate.’
    • ‘The town is almost entirely surrounded by a ring of fire.’
    • ‘There's a town hall, plenty of churches, a cinema, a few supermarkets and a lot of countryside surrounding it.’
    • ‘All the main buildings are well spaced out and immediately surrounded by mature landscaped gardens.’
    • ‘The house itself was finished some time ago, but the pair have continued to work on it and the grounds which surround it.’
    • ‘Would you be negative about the area if you were surrounded by countryside like this?’
    • ‘Each consisted of a single walled town surrounded by countryside, which might include villages.’
    • ‘They were now surrounded on all sides by a ring of excited, curious faces.’
    • ‘There will be no parking at the ground or in surrounding streets.’
    • ‘The grounds which surround the development will be landscaped to include a barbecue, children's playground, a fountain and green spaces.’
    • ‘They stood by a lake surrounded by tall brown mountains on one end and thick trees on the other.’
    • ‘I'm now living on an island surrounded by a moat.’
    neighbouring, nearby, near, neighbourhood, local
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    1. 1.1 (of troops, police, etc.) encircle (someone or something) so as to cut off communication or escape.
      ‘troops surrounded the parliament building’
      • ‘The premises were surrounded by armed police and firefighters put on standby to release the three employees.’
      • ‘Eventually the driver turned up to find his car taped off and surrounded by police and RAF personnel.’
      • ‘When they do take place they are surrounded by riot police and attacked by security police.’
      • ‘The club was literally surrounded by police forces, including mobile armed units of the patrol service Scut.’
      • ‘Workers besiege police barracks and surround the paratroopers attacking the soldiers, arguing with them.’
      • ‘Police surround the house as Lex steps out of his car and heads for the front door.’
      • ‘The barn on the property was surrounded by police officers drawing their weapons.’
      • ‘I arrived at work one evening to find the place surrounded by police cars, flashing lights, cordon, the works.’
      • ‘Several militants who escaped the storming of school were in a nearby house surrounded by troops.’
      • ‘The place was surrounded by the police and the crowd of bystanders discussed the events.’
      • ‘The car was quickly surrounded by police and the captain approached the driver to handle the tense situation.’
      • ‘It was finally surrounded by police marksman who were forced to shoot it after repeated attempts to calm it failed.’
      • ‘Anyone who tries to steal it will be captured inside - and instantly surrounded by police’
      • ‘After mothers were taken out of the plant, children were left surrounded by riot police.’
      • ‘Armed police officers surrounded it in the early hours, calling on him to come out and give himself up, but he refused.’
      • ‘The jet was surrounded by police and commandos but there was no indication of the number of hijackers.’
      • ‘Indeed, as the two key players left, they were immediately surrounded by the bodyguards.’
      • ‘Armed police had to surround their house in order to facilitate their release.’
      • ‘The kidnappers were soon surrounded by police in some place just south of Beijing.’
      • ‘The rally was closely surrounded by the police and a helicopter from above.’
      encircle, enclose, encompass, ring, gird, girdle, go around
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    2. 1.2 Be associated with.
      ‘the killings were surrounded by controversy’
      • ‘What about the ‘controversies’ that surround Shakespeare and his works?’
      • ‘There is no mention, for example, of the massive controversy surrounding the buildings.’
      • ‘Mystery still surrounds the death of a three-month-old Huddersfield baby who died suddenly while sleeping in a baby chair.’
      • ‘Confusion today surrounded what is to become of two green spaces where children play on Canvey.’
      • ‘Much hype surrounds the internet's self-publishing phenomenon known as blogging.’
      • ‘The field of nanotechnology has over the last decade or so been surrounded by considerable hype.’
      • ‘Uncertainty still surrounds his death, with many claiming that he was assassinated.’
      • ‘The usual hype surrounding television coverage has added gloss to such functions.’
      • ‘Controversy today surrounded plans to set up a private casualty unit in Manchester.’
      • ‘That fact has led to one of the few controversies surrounding this remarkably successful system.’
      • ‘There's a lot of hype surrounding the Xbox, and not all of it is to be believed.’
      • ‘Given the hype that surrounded the 200m freestyle, that was a tough undertaking.’
      • ‘There is more hype surrounding Tokyo than practically any other capital city in the world.’
      • ‘In particular, there are grounds for serious concern surrounding the technique of nucleus substitution.’
      • ‘The first fight showed the controversy that surrounds scoring.’
      • ‘Money was not the only element adding to the controversy surrounding Chang.’
      • ‘The book's subject area is surrounded by controversy.’

noun

  • 1A thing that forms a border or edging around an object.

    ‘an oak fireplace surround’
    • ‘Fire damage was confined to the door's wooden surround and floor boards.’
    • ‘The sketch shows the window stone surround below the brick support angle and Mr. Quirouette notes this is unusual.’
    • ‘The room is dominated by a fitted gas fire with an ornate timber surround and original tiled inset.’
    • ‘Features will include fitted wardrobes, stone fire surrounds, en suite bathrooms with most two-bed apartments and fitted kitchens.’
    • ‘Features include an open fireplace with tiled surround and an original picture rail.’
    • ‘There are two reception rooms, both of which feature original fireplaces with oak surrounds and tiled insets.’
    • ‘Although manufactured masonry costs about the same as the natural product, far less of it is used when constructing a fireplace surround.’
    • ‘The living room has ceiling cornicing and an open fireplace with carved mahogany surround.’
    • ‘Where the original stove would have been, she has created an inglenook fireplace with an oak surround and alcove storage.’
    • ‘There is also a large period slate fireplace with a black tiled surround and inset.’
    • ‘An open fireplace with an ornate cast-iron surround and slate hearth takes centre stage.’
    • ‘The room retains its original tiled fireplace with carved mahogany surround and is fitted with spotlights.’
    • ‘Off this, there are two reception rooms, each with marble fireplaces with wooden surrounds.’
    • ‘I've also managed to get the fireplace surround finished and installed.’
    • ‘Behind it the dining room overlooks the rear garden and features a tiled fireplace with wooden surround.’
    • ‘The house is built of stone with brick window surrounds and porch.’
    • ‘Decorated in deep green, it features a large cast-iron fireplace with tiled inset and carved mahogany surround.’
    • ‘Beside this, the single room includes a cast-iron open fireplace with tiled surround.’
    • ‘The room has a picture rail and the original fireplace with a mahogany surround.’
    • ‘To the left is the sitting room, which is decorated in cream and includes an antique-style fireplace with a tiled surround and inset, as well as a wooden mantelpiece.’
    border, edging, edge, perimeter, boundary, margin, skirting, skirt, fringe
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    1. 1.1usually surrounds The area encircling something; surroundings.
      ‘the beautiful surrounds of Connemara’
      • ‘In the meantime everyone can help by keeping their own surrounds clear of litter.’
      • ‘As a result we have been able, over the years, to create a pristine reserve area of the beautiful estuary and surrounds, with which we have been blessed.’
      • ‘The work carried out by the group is very evident in the beauty of the dry stone walls, the landscaping of the village and church surrounds and the cleanliness of the whole area.’
      • ‘The fact that the musical society continues to flourish and entertain in a small town with rural surrounds as it approaches a quarter of a century is a wonderful tribute to members past and present.’
      • ‘The NSW artist's meticulous eye and delight in her surrounds continually inform her work.’
      • ‘You might need to take out a second mortgage to buy a drink here, but you will find yourself in beautiful surrounds.’
      • ‘This is a great chance to experience the alternative culture in full swing, and just enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and surrounds of Nimbin.’
      • ‘It's a gentle comedy set in the beautiful surrounds of the Scottish highlands.’
      • ‘If sky-rocketing property prices are anything to go by, East London and her beautiful surrounds and the associated lifestyle are much in demand.’
      • ‘I went this morning there, and life is normal in the city and the surrounds of the city.’
      • ‘All households in the area are requested to keep up the good work in keeping their surrounds tidy and clean.’
      • ‘In the fast-moving confines of a rail carriage it is easy to pass through these areas without noticing the surrounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was no time to see nearby Neolithic cave paintings, but we did scale its medieval tower for a spectacular view of the village and its surrounds.’
      • ‘A stroll though the village and its surrounds confirms it is progressing well.’
      • ‘There are also suggestions to provide a town park in the surrounds of Killarney House and this would certainly be a lovely amenity.’
      • ‘There must be many people in the city, suburbs and surrounds who have a tree in their garden which they think is special.’
      • ‘A tremendous amount of effort is being made to equate the Lake District and surrounds with the revival of regional foods.’
      • ‘More than 40 retailers participate in the scheme, covering most of the town centre and its surrounds.’
      • ‘The reception was held in the beautiful surrounds of the Masters Quarters and the announcements were made by Minister O'Donoghue.’
      surrounding district, surrounding area, neighbourhood, locality, locale, local area, area, district, region, quarter, sector, territory, domain, place, zone
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

surround

/səˈraʊnd/