transitive verb[with object]formal
Surround; enclose.‘the stone circle was environed by an expanse of peat soil’
surround, encircle, enclose, ring, envelopView synonyms
- ‘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.…’
Middle English (formerly also as inviron): from Old French environer, from environ ‘surroundings’, from en ‘in’ + viron ‘circuit’ (from virer ‘to turn, veer’).
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