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"surround" in British English

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surroundverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈraʊnd/
B1 to be ​everywhere around something: Snow-capped ​mountains surround the ​city. Gwen ​sat at her ​desk, surrounded by ​books and ​papers. Mystery still surrounds the ​exactcircumstances of Stalin's ​death. She said that she ​wanted to ​die surrounded by the ​people she ​loves (= with them all ​present). Early this ​morning, ​armedpolice surrounded (= ​moved into a ​position so that they were ​everywhere around) a ​house which they ​thoughtcontained an ​escapedprisoner.

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surrounding
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /-ˈraʊn.dɪŋ/
B2 A lot of the ​children at the ​school do not ​live in the ​town, but come in from the surrounding ​countryside.

surroundnoun

uk   us   /səˈraʊnd/
(Definition of surround from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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surroundverb [T]

 us   /səˈrɑʊnd/
to be around something on all ​sides: Snow-capped ​mountains surround the ​city. The ​house was surrounded by ​densewoods. To surround something also ​means to have to do with it or to ​result from it: I’m ​interested in the ​circumstances surrounding the ​accident. The ​controversy that surrounded the ​policeactionled to a ​number of investigations.
surrounding
adjective [not gradable]  us   /səˈrɑʊn·dɪŋ/
Hundreds of ​peoplefled from the ​city and are now ​living in the surrounding ​countryside.
(Definition of surround from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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