Your surroundings are the things all around you. When you park your car in a huge lot, paying attention to your surroundings can help you find the car again later.

You can use the noun surroundings to mean the nearby environment — all of the objects close by, as well as the location itself — and also the circumstances or conditions where you are. When someone builds a house, the surroundings will help determine which direction it will face and how many windows it will have. Surroundings stems from surround, "be all around," but originally "flood or overflow."

Definitions of surroundings

n the area in which something exists or lives

environment, environs, surround
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ambiance, ambience
the atmosphere of an environment
the surrounding environment
scene, setting
the context and environment in which something is set
the most favorable environment for a plant or animal
habitat, home ground
the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
melting pot
an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
the local environment
a setting for a work of art or literature
the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
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geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

n the environmental condition

Type of:
the totality of surrounding conditions

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