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  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.
  1. enclosing or encircling.
  2. being the environment or adjacent area.

Origin of surrounding

1400–50; late Middle English: inundation; see surround, -ing1, -ing2

Synonyms for surrounding

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2. See environment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for surroundings

Contemporary Examples of surroundings

Historical Examples of surroundings

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

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

  • 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


pl n
  1. 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.).

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