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surrounding

[suh-roun-ding] /səˈraʊn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
something that surrounds.
2.
surroundings, environing things, circumstances, conditions, etc.; environment:
He was too sick to be aware of his surroundings.
3.
the act of encircling or enclosing.
adjective
4.
enclosing or encircling.
5.
being the environment or adjacent area.
Origin of surrounding
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: inundation; see surround, -ing1, -ing2
Synonyms
2. See environment.
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  • A certain sense of familiarity in his surroundings came over him.

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  • What if it should be in this neighborhood, among these surroundings?

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  • Meanwhile, what was occurring to others, in other scenes and among other surroundings?

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  • They have moved from the alley; the surroundings were not such as they liked.

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  • That meant some discomfort for her during part of the time, where the surroundings were not pleasant.

British Dictionary definitions for surroundings

surroundings

/səˈraʊndɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
the conditions, scenery, etc, around a person, place, or thing; environment
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Word Origin and History for surroundings
n.

"environment," 1861, from surround (v.).

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