environ

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From Middle English, from Old French enviruner, environner (to surround), from environ (around), from en (in) + viron (a turn), from virer (to turn, veer).

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environ (third-person singular simple present environs, present participle environing, simple 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.
    • Spenser
      Dwelling in a pleasant glade, / With mountains round about environed.
    • Shakespeare
      Environed he was with many foes.
    • John Donne
      Environ me with darkness whilst I write.

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environ

  1. about, close to, around
    un salaire annuel d'environ 7 millions d'euros
    an annual salary of around 7 million euros

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