cercar
transitive verb
1. (to encircle) 
El granjero cercó la huerta para que no entraran los animales.The farmer enclosed the orchard to keep animals away.
b. to fence 
El vaquero cercó el pastizal con alambre de púas.The cowboy fenced the pastureland with barbed wire.
Cercamos el terreno donde vamos a construir la casa.We've fenced in the plot on which we are going to build our house.
2. (to gather round) 
La policía cercó el edificio abandonado en que se escondía el sospechoso.The police surrounded the abandoned building where the suspect was hiding.
3. (military) 
a. to besiege (a town or city) 
El general ordenó cercar la ciudad y bombardearla.The general gave the order to besiege and shell the city.
b. to surround (troops) 
Las tropas enemigas cercaron al regimiento de infantería y lo obligaron a rendirse.The enemy troops surrounded the infantry regiment and forced them to surrender.
cercar
transitive verb
1. (vallar) 
a. to fence (off) 
2. (rodear, acorralar) 
a. to surround 
cercar
transitive verb
1 [+campo, terreno] to enclose; (con vallas) to fence in; wall in
2 [+persona] to surround; ring
3 (Mil) [+pueblo, ciudad] to surround; besiege; [+tropas] to cut off; surround
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