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[suh-roun-ding] /səˈraʊn dɪŋ/
something that surrounds.
surroundings, environing things, circumstances, conditions, etc.; environment:
He was too sick to be aware of his surroundings.
the act of encircling or enclosing.
enclosing or encircling.
being the environment or adjacent area.
Origin of surrounding
1400-50; late Middle English: inundation; see surround, -ing1, -ing2
2. See environment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for surroundings
  • The plan was to have each lodge seem embedded in the environment-to be part of the surroundings rather than a disruption.
  • The natural surroundings make it a great stop for visitors looking to relax and enjoy the physical environment.
  • The counter was designed to blend in with its surroundings.
  • The sod roof blends in with the hilltop surroundings.
  • Mice that are color-matched to their surroundings have a survival advantage over mismatched mice in each of the two habitats.
  • The artist's productivity soared in his new surroundings.
  • But they can't make connections that aren't programmed or pull in information from their surroundings to re-evaluate the data.
  • The colors and surroundings colors are breath taking.
  • Famous faces take on a different look when seen in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Great balance with the burned white t-shirt and the overall dark surroundings.
British Dictionary definitions for surroundings


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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