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Definition of "surround" [sur•round]

  • 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)

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.

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?"