environ
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪnˈvaɪ.ɹən/, /ɛnˈvaɪ.ɹən/
Noun

environ (plural environs)

  1. (especially in plural) A surrounding area
Verb

environ (environs, present participle environing; past and past participle environed)

  1. To surround; to encircle.
    • 1673, John Milton, “I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs”:
      I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
      By the known rules of antient libertie,
      When strait a barbarous noise environs me
      Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs.
    • Dwelling in a pleasant glade, / With mountains round about environed.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Environed he was with many foes.
    • Environ me with darkness whilst I write.
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