Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To encircle; surround.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • About; around.
  • To surround; encompass; encircle; hem in.
  • To go about; pass around; traverse the circuit of.
  • Figuratively, to hedge about; involve; envelop: as, the undertaking was environed with difficulties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To surround; to encompass; to encircle; to hem in; to be round about; to involve or envelop.
  • adverb obsolete About; around.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To surround; to encircle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English envirounen, from Old French environner, from environ, round about : en-, in; see en– + viron, circle (from virer, to turn; see veer).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French enviruner, environner ("to surround"), from environ ("around"), from en ("in") + viron ("a turn"), from virer ("to turn, veer").

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  • Ici en Caroline du Nord il fera environ 70 sous un ciel bleu et ensoleille.

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  • At the strategic level, leaders are outlining tentative foreign policy, reassuring neighbors of cooperation on narcotics, the environ - ment and commerce, while alluding to 'the upcoming system of the country'.

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  • "Then heard he a voice say: Galahad, I see there environ about thee so many angels that my power may not dare thee."

    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 8, 2009