surround (someone, something, or oneself) with (someone or something)

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surround (someone, something, or oneself) with (someone or something)

1. To group or gather people or things on all sides around someone or something; to encircle or enclose someone or something with people or things. The building was surrounded with police officers, completely trapping the burglars inside. People from around the country have been surrounding the gravesite with flowers and messages of thanks to the fallen hero.
2. To make a concerted effort to keep certain types of people to attend to or associate with someone or oneself. She hates criticism, so she just surrounds herself with sycophants who admire everything she does. You should try to surround your children with positive influences, but you must also accept that you cannot control every person with whom they spend time their time. My mother always taught me to surround myself with decent, honest people.
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surround someone or something with someone or something

to encircle or enclose someone or something with people, something, or things. We surrounded him with his friends as he lay in the hospital bed. We surrounded the tree with wire netting to protect it against rabbits. They surrounded the display of jewels with guards.
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Surrounding oneself with natural beauty each day has a cumulative, positive effect on happiness.
Surrounding oneself with positive, upbeat people also becomes a greater priority for many mature adults.
own home Surrounding oneself with intelligent, responsible, preferably non-corrupt people is crucial for any president.
Surrounding oneself with intelligent, responsible people is important for any president.
A ritual such as clocking in at a certain specified hour (for me, it is first thing in the morning before the distractions of the day, as I suspect is true for many other writers as well) or wearing certain clothes or eating certain foods or surrounding oneself with certain objects triggers a fall into the writing mood, as though by hypnosis or auto-suggestion, like Alice falling down the rabbit hole.
Eiseman mentioned how studies have shown that walking in nature--or surrounding oneself with greenery--has been shown to help breathing.
Saying that focused brokers "breed success," Zlotowitz said that surrounding oneself with a modest amount of dedicated workers leads to better bottom lines for all involved.
There is no way to avoid being "religious"; the atheist's belief in the nonexistence of God is a form of religion, as is any person's belief in any principle whatsoever, be it the principle of satisfying one's physical desires and surrounding oneself with comforts, or the principle of charity toward others.
This is not to say, however, that the cenacle is not without its dangers, the most evident being a tendency for members to become indolent, too easily assured of their own aesthetic talent, victims of a mirage caused by spending too much time surrounding oneself with admirers.
The key lies in acceptance, and in surrounding oneself with the support and love of family and friends who would understand.
Good ideas, he suggested, occurred from processes that might include networking, studying existing systems, using available resources, understanding context and surrounding oneself with diversity, thereby widening the pool of potential problem solvers.
Surrounding oneself with handymen helps to facilitate research.
Describing their study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the researchers revealed that they investigated the scientific basis for the simple practice of surrounding oneself with positive things.
With tips on realizing when one is born to lead in faith, surrounding oneself with a positive congregation and more, "Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership" answers a real problem that many may not realize exists for their pastors and priests.
* Surrounding oneself with like-minded people is imperative.