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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.
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  1. enclosing or encircling.
  2. being the environment or adjacent area.
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Origin of surrounding

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


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2. See environment.
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  • 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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