en·​vi·​ron | \ in-ˈvī-rən How to pronounce environ (audio) , -ˈvī(-ə)rn How to pronounce environ (audio) \
environed; environing; environs

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Examples of environ in a Sentence

a decaying, impoverished city environed by affluent suburbs

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Even though Hollywood makes L.A. and environs a celebrity magnet, not all the big real estate action plays out within the City of Angels. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property: Fanning out across the nation," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of environ

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for environ

Middle English envirounen, from Anglo-French enviruner, from envirun around, from en in (from Latin in) + virun circle, from virer to turn — more at veer entry 1

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