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

Examples of surroundings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guidice recommended that people be cognizant of their surroundings, even when the event closes, because there are potentially 100,000 people leaving at the same time. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 Listen on to measure the noise level of your surroundings. Wired, 21 July 2022 Police urged Southie residents and visitors to always be aware of their surroundings, especially at night, and to walk in groups whenever possible. Nick Stoico,, 9 July 2022 That means masking, social distancing, and being aware of your surroundings. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2022 Tragedies like these heighten the importance of being aware of our surroundings. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 5 July 2022 Her mother’s attachment to the old house, Arnetta said, may have distracted her from the deterioration of her surroundings. Chris Pomorski, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 Get rich descriptions of your surroundings with a new Magnifier mode that contains Door Detection, People Detection, and Image Descriptions. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 23 June 2022 But Maddie needs help being aware of her surroundings, walking her dog, getting in and out of the shower, managing her schedule and minding her health. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of surroundings

1841, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Surroundings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for surroundings


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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