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English noun: surround

1. surround (location) the area in which something exists or lives


SamplesThe country--the flat agricultural surround.


Synonymsenvironment, environs, surroundings


Broader (hypernym)geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region


Narrower (hyponym)ambiance, ambience, element, habitat, home ground, medium, melting pot, parts, scene, setting


English verb: surround

1. surround (contact) extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle


SamplesThe forest surrounds my property.


Synonymsborder, environ, ring, skirt


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch


Narrower (hyponym)cloister, cloister, close in, enclose, fringe, gird, girdle, hem in, inclose, shut in

2. surround (contact) envelop completely


SamplesSmother the meat in gravy.


Synonymssmother


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cover

3. surround (competition) surround so as to force to give up


SamplesThe Turks besieged Vienna.


Synonymsbeleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)assail, attack


Narrower (hyponym)blockade, ebb, seal off

4. surround (competition) surround with a wall in order to fortify


Synonymsfence, fence in, palisade, wall


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)protect


Narrower (hyponym)circumvallate, stockade









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