- 1 to be all around something/somebody surround something/somebody Tall trees surround the lake. the membranes surrounding the brain As a child I was surrounded by love and kindness. surround something/somebody with something The lake is surrounded with/by trees.
- 2 to move into position all around somebody/something, especially so as to prevent them from escaping; to move somebody/something into position in this way surround somebody/something Police surrounded the building. surround somebody/something with somebody/something They've surrounded the building with police.
- 3surround something/somebody to be closely connected with something/somebody publicity surrounding the divorce
- 4surround yourself with somebody/something to choose to have particular people or things near you all the time I like to surround myself with beautiful things. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘overflow’): from Old French souronder, from late Latin superundare, from super-
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BrE BrE//səˈraʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈraʊnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surround
BrE BrE//səˈraʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈraʊnd//he / she / it surrounds
BrE BrE//səˈraʊndz//; NAmE NAmE//səˈraʊndz//past simple surrounded
BrE BrE//səˈraʊndɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈraʊndɪd//past participle surrounded
BrE BrE//səˈraʊndɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈraʊndɪd//-ing form surrounding
BrE BrE//səˈraʊndɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//səˈraʊndɪŋ//