When you think of the word surround, think of something that's around you on all sides, like the trees that surround you in a forest or the people who surround you on a city street at rush hour.

Sometimes surround describes the position of troops that force the enemy to surrender. You can also surround your property with a fence, or surround yourself with positive people. Both of these offer a way to protect or strengthen the thing in the middle — your house or your well-being. In a movie theater that has "surround sound," the audience feels like it is in the middle of the action because of the speakers placed all around the space.

Definitions of surround
  1. verb
    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
    “The forest surrounds my property”
    synonyms: border, environ, ring, skirt
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    decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe
    gird, girdle
    put a girdle on or around
    surround with a cloister
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
    hem in
    surround in a restrictive manner
    surround with a cloister, as of a garden
    insert, tuck
    fit snugly into
    wall in, wall up
    enclose with a wall
    bower, embower
    enclose in a bower
    enshrine, shrine
    enclose in a shrine
    case, encase, incase
    enclose in, or as if in, a case
    bury, eat up, immerse, swallow, swallow up
    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
    border, frame, frame in
    enclose in or as if in a frame
    glass, glass in
    enclose with glass
    enclose with a bank
    dike, dyke
    enclose with a dike
    enclose in a capsule or other small container
    fence, fence in
    surround with an enclosure
    cordon off, rope in, rope off
    divide by means of a rope
    enclose in a casket
    enclose in a corral
    fort, fortify
    enclose by or as if by a fortification
    hedge, hedge in
    enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
    hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
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    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  2. verb
    envelop completely
    synonyms: smother
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    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  3. verb
    surround with a wall in order to fortify
    synonyms: fence, fence in, palisade, wall
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    surround with a stockade in order to fortify
    surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  4. verb
    surround so as to force to give up
    synonyms: beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in
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    blockade, seal off
    impose a blockade on
    hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
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    assail, attack
    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
  5. noun
    the area in which something exists or lives
    “the country--the flat agricultural surround
    synonyms: environment, environs, surroundings
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    ambiance, ambience
    the atmosphere of an environment
    the surrounding environment
    scene, setting
    the context and environment in which something is set
    the most favorable environment for a plant or animal
    habitat, home ground
    the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
    melting pot
    an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
    the local environment
    a setting for a work of art or literature
    the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
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    geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
    a demarcated area of the Earth
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