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