tr.v., -roundÂ·ed, -roundÂ·ing, -rounds.
- To extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle.
- To enclose or confine on all sides so as to bar escape or outside communication.
- Something, such as fencing or a border, that surrounds: a fireplace surround.
- The area around a thing or place: inflammation extending to the surround of the eye.
- Surroundings; environment: â€œIt was the country, the flat agricultural surround, that so ravished meâ€ (Listener).
- A method of hunting wild animals by surrounding them and driving them to a place from which they cannot escape.
[Middle English surrounden, to inundate, from Old French suronder, from Late Latin superundÄre : Latin super-, super- + Latin undÄre, to rise in waves (from unda, wave).]
SYNONYMS surround, circle, compass, encircle, encompass, environ, gird, girdle, ring. These verbs mean to lie around and bound on all sides: Suburbs surround the city. A crown circled the king's head. Fog compassed the mountain peak. A belt encircled her waist. A lake encompassed the island. The desert environed the oases. A deep moat girds the castle. Flower gardens girdled the bird bath. Guests ringed the coffee table.