surround Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “surround” - English Dictionary

Definition of "surround" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

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)

Definition of "surround" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

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.
More examples
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/
[C] the ​area or ​border around something: Our ​bathtub has a ​tiled surround.surrounds [plural] US the ​area that is near and around a ​place: The ​house is set in ​lush surrounds and has ​views of the ​ocean.
(Definition of surround from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of surround?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “surround”

Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More