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Definition of surroundings noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1  everything that is around or near someone or something synonym environment
  2. 2 to work in pleasant surroundings The buildings have been designed to blend in with their surroundings. Thesaurusenvironmentsetting surroundings backgroundThese are all words for the type of place in which someone or something exists or is situated.environment the conditions in a place that affect the behavior and development of someone or something:An unhappy home environment can affect children's behavior. a pleasant working environmentsetting a place or situation of a particular type, in which something happens or exists:The island provided an exotic setting for the concert.surroundings everything that is around or near someone or something:The cabins blend in perfectly with their surroundings.background the things or area behind or around the main objects or people that are in a place or picture:The mountains in the background were capped with snow.Patterns in (a/an) .. environment/setting/surroundings (a/an) new/unfamiliar environment/setting/surroundings somebody/something's immediate environment/surroundings (a) dramatic setting/background
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: surroundings