Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: suronder 'to overflow, flood', from Late Latin superundare, from Latin unda 'wave'


1 verb
sur‧round1 W2 [transitive]
1 [usually passive] to be all around someone or something on every side
be surrounded by something
The field was surrounded by trees.
He glared at the people who surrounded the tent.

be surrounded by somebody/something

to have a lot of a particular type of people or things near you:
He's always been surrounded by people who adore him.
3 if police or soldiers surround a place, they arrange themselves in positions all the way around it:
Armed police surrounded a house in the High Street.
4 to be closely related to a situation or event:
Some of the issues surrounding alcohol abuse are very complex.
Silence and secrecy surround the murder.

surround yourself with somebody/something

to choose to have certain people or things near you all the time:
The designer surrounded himself with exquisite objects.

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