beleaguer vs surround what difference

what is difference between beleaguer and surround

English

Alternative forms

  • beleagure

Etymology

Borrowed from Dutch belegeren and/or Middle Low German belēgeren; equivalent to be- +‎ lair. Compare also German belagern. The English spelling was perhaps influenced by unrelated league.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɪˈliː.ɡə/, /bəˈliː.ɡə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈli.ɡɚ/
  • Rhymes: -iːɡə(ɹ)

Verb

beleaguer (third-person singular simple present beleaguers, present participle beleaguering, simple past and past participle beleaguered)

  1. To besiege; to surround with troops.
  2. To vex, harass, or beset.
  3. To exhaust.

Derived terms

  • beleaguerment

Translations

Anagrams

  • beleagure


English

Etymology

From Middle English sourrounden (to submerge, overflow), from Middle French souronder, suronder, from Late Latin superundō, from super + undō (to rise in waves), from unda (wave).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /səˈɹaʊnd/
  • Rhymes: -aʊnd
  • Hyphenation: sur‧round

Verb

surround (third-person singular simple present surrounds, present participle surrounding, simple past and past participle surrounded)

  1. (transitive) To encircle something or simultaneously extend in all directions.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 230c.
      and this way they get rid of those grand and stubborn opinions that surround them.
  2. (transitive) To enclose or confine something on all sides so as to prevent escape.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To pass around; to travel about; to circumnavigate.

Synonyms

  • bebay
  • beleaguer
  • beset

Translations

Noun

surround (plural surrounds)

  1. (Britain) Anything, such as a fence or border, that surrounds something.
    • 1972, Frederick Forsyth, The Odessa File, Viking, SBN 670-52042-x, chapter 15, page 283:
      He drifted through the room, avoiding the furniture by instinct, closed the door that led to the passage, and only then flicked on his flashlight.
      It swept around the room, picking out a desk, a telephone, a wall of bookshelves, and a deep armchair, and finally settled on a handsome fireplace with a large surround of red brick.

Derived terms

  • surround sound

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