Meaning of “surroundings” in the English Dictionary

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"surroundings" in British English

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surroundingsnoun [ plural ]

uk /səˈraʊn.dɪŋz/ us /səˈraʊn.dɪŋz/

B2 the place where someone or something is and the things that are in it:

Some butterflies blend in with their surroundings so that it's difficult to see them.

B2 the place where someone lives and the conditions they live in:

They live in very comfortable/pleasant/drab/bleak surroundings.

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  • The brickwork will mellow over the years so that it blends with the surroundings.
  • Absorbed in her work, she was totally oblivious of her surroundings.
  • A good architect takes into account the building's surroundings.
  • She used the map to discover where she was in relation to her surroundings.
  • She was struck by the strangeness of her surroundings.

(Definition of “surroundings” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"surroundings" in American English

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surroundingsplural noun

us /səˈrɑʊn·dɪŋz/

the place where you live and the conditions in which you live:

Everyone wants safe, comfortable surroundings.

(Definition of “surroundings” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)