plural noun
sur·​round·​ings | \ sə-ˈrau̇n-diŋz How to pronounce surroundings (audio) \

Definition of surroundings

: the circumstances, conditions, or objects by which one is surrounded : environment

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Examples of surroundings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The contrasting materials invoke the clash of nature and technology, as well as the investigation of our surroundings by science. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A heightened homage to trees and what they can teach us," 7 May 2021 There’s also a Transparent Mode that allows a certain amount of noise from the outside world to be fed into the audio signal and is ideal for anyone Listening for a travel announcement or someone who needs to be aware of their surroundings. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Soundcore’s New Life Q35 Noise Canceling Headphones Offer Incredible Value For Money," 27 Apr. 2021 Even with a black belt, Alexandra learned how to get away if someone grabbed her hair or tried to choke her and to be mindful of her surroundings. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "These 2 girls found a way to empower themselves and others — with knowledge," 22 Apr. 2021 Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act and to think all depend on constant, nimble interactions between perception and memory. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations," 15 Apr. 2021 Pay attention to any signs or markings that encourage you to physically distance and stay aware of your surroundings. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Are amusement parks safe now? What you should know to lower Covid-19 risk," 14 Apr. 2021 While some of the artwork clearly cites some dark or unsettling points of origin, the joy of the girls in the gallery indicates that Clemmons has insight into what makes people stop and be more conscious of their surroundings. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "Melanie Clemmons’ exhibition at the Nasher examines how the internet is changing us," 13 Apr. 2021 The camera captured sound and video of its surroundings. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: No privacy for nanny," 7 Apr. 2021 The design of the house is accordingly minimal, relying on the beauty of its surroundings. Sam Sussman, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Couple Behind this Dreamy Joshua Tree Airbnb," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of surroundings

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surroundings was in 1841

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13 May 2021

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“Surroundings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of surroundings

: the places, conditions, or objects that are around you


noun plural
sur·​round·​ings | \ sə-ˈrau̇n-diŋz How to pronounce surroundings (audio) \

Kids Definition of surroundings

: the circumstances, conditions, or things around an individual : environment

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