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environ

[en-vahy-ruh n, -vahy-ern] /ɛnˈvaɪ rən, -ˈvaɪ ərn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop:
a house environed by pleasant grounds; to be environed by bad influences.
Origin of environ
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English envirounen < Old French environner, derivative of environ around (en en-1 + viron a circle; vir(er) to turn, veer1 + -on noun suffix)
Related forms
unenvironed, adjective

environs

[en-vahy-ruh nz, -vahy-ernz, en-ver-uh nz, -vahy-ernz] /ɛnˈvaɪ rənz, -ˈvaɪ ərnz, ˈɛn vər ənz, -vaɪ ərnz/
plural noun
1.
the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
2.
surrounding objects; surroundings; environment.
3.
an area or space close by; vicinity.
Origin
1655-65; < French (plural); replacing Middle English environ < Old French, noun use of environ around; see environ
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Examples from the Web for environ
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  • We took a walk up the glen whence the creek flows, and on to some hills which environ it.

  • The iron-gray hair is white as the snow on the mountain-tops that environ him.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • No calling was needed; the person spoken of being in the environ close by; and Gregorio, again opening the door, drew him inside.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • And there be many in that country, that have their nails so long, that they environ all the hand.

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

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series) Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
  • It is prevented from doing this by the popular trammels which environ it.

    Nature and Culture Harvey Rice
  • Lead them into a path by which they can escape from danger; protect the innocent from the snares which environ them on every side.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • In vain I stretch out my hand to the toils that environ thee.

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • I have been accustomed to guide myself through worse dangers than now environ me.

    Peveril of the Peak Sir Walter Scott
  • It is only for a time that temptation will environ you, and your path will be toilsome.

    Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for environ

environ

/ɪnˈvaɪrən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to encircle or surround
Word Origin
C14: from Old French environner to surround, from environ around, from en-1 + viron a circle, from virer to turn, veer1

environs

/ɪnˈvaɪrənz/
plural noun
1.
a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity
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Word Origin and History for environ
v.

late 14c. (implied in environing), "to surround," from Old French environer "to surround, enclose, encircle," from environ "round about," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + viron "circle, circuit," from virer "to turn" (see veer). Related: Environed.

environs

n.

"outskirts," 1660s, from French environs, plural of Old French environ "compass, circuit," from environ (adv.) "around, round about" (see environ).

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Related Abbreviations for environ

environ.

1.
environment
2.
environmental
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