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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References in classic literature ?
By surrounding ourselves with the original circumstances we invent anew the orders and the ornaments of architecture, as we see how each people merely decorated its primitive abodes.
Surrounding ourselves with positive, engaged, creative people causes our own positivity, motivation and productivity to multiply.
Only by reading about and surrounding ourselves with items from other cultures, we can brighten our minds with a whole world of possibilities."
Today, it's easy to lose track of this desire, either getting distracted by our devices or surrounding ourselves with so many things that each one ceases to hold much value.
And by that, I mean surrounding ourselves with a coterie of loyalists who become warlords, who decide on appointments, who interfere, access gets restricted as you go up, and then you spend less time going down and fighting with the grassroots people.
Resisting any natural response requires a commitment to the idea of resistance, a willingness to practise that resistance at all times (we know the more we do something, the easier it becomes) and, importantly, surrounding ourselves with people who will help us to resist, or at least won't sabotage that resistance.
"Surrounding ourselves with stuff may give us a sense of comfort, but clearing out our physical space can free up our minds and allow us to fully embrace the present," says Dr.
'This time, we wanted to create beautiful pieces for the home as well, because we've always believed in surrounding ourselves with things we love, pieces that spark joy and tell stories.'
Furthermore, Ithink we both are adamant about surrounding ourselves with incredible talent.
The best part is that well be surrounding ourselves with people who are all clearly on the path to success, as well.
By surrounding ourselves with others who are pushing for greatness, we can't help but be motivated, and our chances of being successful dramatically improve.
We are continuously exploring innovative ways to inform and inspire, and one way we do that is by surrounding ourselves with the most gifted artists and educators in the industry, like Bella," said Damien Carney, international artistic director of Joico."Bella's work is exquisite, exotic, sassy, coy, fun, and fresh all in one.
"Surrounding ourselves with little reminders - images of family and good friends in our work spaces and on our cellphones, for instance - may help us to adopt a more holistic view of our lives that will drive us to make food choices that are good for us in the long term," said Raska.
So we have to make our time indoors as cosy and comfortable as possible and that means surrounding ourselves with all of our favourite things.