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Definition: 1. to encircle or enclose or cause to be encircled or enclosed. 2. to deploy forces on all sides of (a place or military formation), so preventing access or retreat. 3. to exist around: I dislike the people who surround her. noun 4. Chiefly Brit a border, especially the area of uncovered floor between the walls of a room and the carpet or around an opening or panel. 5. Chiefly U.S. a) a method of capturing wild beasts by encircling the area in which they are believed to be. b) the area so encircled.
Source: Collins English Dictionary. London: Collins, 2000. Credo Reference. Web. 29 August 2012.