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

v extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

“The forest surrounds my property”
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
enclose with a fence
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

v envelop completely

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provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v surround with a wall in order to fortify

fence, fence in, palisade, wall
surround with a stockade in order to fortify
surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
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shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

v surround so as to force to give up

beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in
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

n the area in which something exists or lives

“the country--the flat agricultural surround
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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