Definition of "surround" []

  • To extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle. (verb-transitive)
  • To enclose or confine on all sides so as to bar escape or outside communication. (verb-transitive)
  • Something, such as fencing or a border, that surrounds: a fireplace surround. (noun)
  • The area around a thing or place: inflammation extending to the surround of the eye. (noun)
  • Surroundings; environment: "It was the country, the flat agricultural surround, that so ravished me” ( Listener). (noun)
  • To encircle or enclose or cause to be encircled or enclosed (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To deploy forces on all sides of (a place or military formation), so preventing access or retreat (verb)
  • To exist around (verb)
  • A border, esp the area of uncovered floor between the walls of a room and the carpet or around an opening or panel (noun)
  • A method of capturing wild beasts by encircling the area in which they are believed to be (noun)
  • The area so encircled (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "surround" in a sentence
  • "The only thing you surround is the kiosk at the Tea Bagger convention selling little American flags for $15 a pop that are made – ahem – in CHINA."
  • "The surround sound was not working so I complained to the manager of the theater only for him to vehemently try to convince me that the "Hulk" was NOT produced in surround sound! grock"
  • "This is not an issue with DVD, as most DVDs are in surround sound … but streaming video?"