Definition of environ in English:


Pronunciation /ənˈvīrən/ /ənˈvaɪrən/ /ənˈvī(ə)rn/ /ənˈvaɪ(ə)rn/

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transitive verb

[with object]formal
  • Surround; enclose.

    ‘the stone circle was environed by an expanse of peat soil’
    • ‘You went about with your soul full of suspicion and hatred; you understood that you were environed by hostile powers that were trying to get your money and who used all the virtues to bait their traps with.’
    • ‘Thus, under the dripping trees, and environed by huge and moving shadows, they reached the scene of their unhallowed labours.’
    • ‘One of them began with an attempt to propitiate the powers which environ him and determine his destiny.…’
    surround, encircle, enclose, ring, envelop
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Middle English (formerly also as inviron): from Old French environer, from environ ‘surroundings’, from en ‘in’ + viron ‘circuit’ (from virer ‘to turn, veer’).