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verb [transitive] [often passive] American English pronunciation: surround /səˈraʊnd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysurround
he/she/itsurrounds
present participlesurrounding
past tensesurrounded
past participlesurrounded

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  1. 1
    to be all around or on all sides of someone or something

    Can you name the states that surround Colorado?

    He found himself surrounded by an admiring crowd.

    surround something with something:

    People are surrounding their homes with barbed wire fences.

    1. a.
      to stand on all sides of a place, in order to stop someone from escaping

      Armed police quickly surrounded the building.

      You are surrounded! Put down your weapons!

  2. 2
    to be closely connected with a situation or an event

    Uncertainty surrounds the future of the industry.

    The book was surrounded by controversy.

  3. 3
    to be near someone all the time

    She grew up surrounded by older children.

    surround yourself with something:

    Maureen loved to surround herself with art.

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