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

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • They have moved from the alley; the surroundings were not such as they liked.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • If it is but a dream, a dream which I have placed in my surroundings, and which comes back to me at will, what of it?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The individual so affected appears to lose all sense of its surroundings.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • I had never been in a place like this before, and the horror of its surroundings overcame me.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
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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