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surround

sur·round

surround

 
 
pronunciation:
s raUnd
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: surrounded, surrounding, surrounds
definition 1: to encompass by closing off all sides.
The wall surrounds the town.
synonyms:
circumscribe, compass, enclose, encompass, enwrap
similar words:
bathe, circumfuse, circumvallate, close in on, encase, encircle, enfold, envelop, fence in, pocket, ring, wall
definition 2: to form in a circle around; encircle.
Fans surrounded him after the concert.
synonyms:
circle, encircle, environ
similar words:
close, compass, encompass, gird, girdle, rim, ring, roll, wrap
definition 3: to enclose in order to prevent communication or escape.
The police surrounded the building.
synonyms:
enclose
similar words:
besiege, blockade, close in on, confine, encase, encompass, fence in, hem in, pen
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part of speech: noun
definition: anything that surrounds something.
synonyms:
envelope, girdle
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