1. [ verb ] be around
Synonyms: ring circle environ round encircle

"Developments surround the town" "The river encircles the village"

Related terms: hold girth cloister twine wreath ring environment
2. [ verb ] extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
Synonyms: border skirt

"The forest surrounds my property"

Related terms: touch enclose hem_in fringe girdle edge environment
3. [ verb ] envelop completely
Synonyms: smother

"smother the meat in gravy"

Related terms: cover
4. [ verb ] (military) surround so as to force to give up
Synonyms: besiege hem_in circumvent beleaguer

"The Turks besieged Vienna"

Related terms: attack blockade ebb besieger
5. [ verb ] surround with a wall in order to fortify
Synonyms: palisade fence fence_in wall
Related terms: protect stockade circumvallate wall_in wall_in wall rampart environment wall
6. [ noun ] (geography) the area in which something exists or lives
Synonyms: environs surroundings environment

: "the country--the flat agricultural surround"

Related terms: geographical_area setting medium parts habitat melting_pot element ambiance wall
Similar spelling:   surrounded