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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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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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