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tr.v. en·vi·roned, en·vi·ron·ing, en·vi·rons
To encircle; surround: The vast desert environed the oases.
[Middle English envirounen, from Old French environner, from environ, round about : en-, in; see en-1 + viron, circle (from virer, to turn; see veer1).]
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(tr) to encircle or surround
[C14: from Old French environner to surround, from environ around, from en-1 + viron a circle, from virer to turn, veer1]
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en•vi•ron(ɛnˈvaɪ rən, -ˈvaɪ ərn)
to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop: a house environed by pleasant grounds.
[1300–50; Middle English envirounen < Old French environner, derivative of environ around (en en-1 + viron a circle; vir(er) to turn, veer + -on n. suffix)]
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Past participle: environed
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|Verb||1.||environ - extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; "The forest surrounds my property"|
adjoin, contact, touch, meet - be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point"
fringe - decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe; "fur fringed the hem of the dress"
cloister - surround with a cloister; "cloister the garden"
inclose, shut in, close in, enclose - surround completely; "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"
hem in - surround in a restrictive manner; "The building was hemmed in by flowers"
cloister - surround with a cloister, as of a garden
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