environment meaning

[ in'vaiərənmənt ] Pronunciation:   "environment" in a sentence
  • Noun: environment  in'vIru(n)munt
    1. The totality of surrounding conditions
      "he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room" 
    2. The area in which something exists or lives
      - environs, surroundings, surround

    Derived forms: environments

    See also: environmental

    Type of: geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, situation, state of affairs

    Encyclopedia: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Environment, Food, Rural Affairs Secretary Environment Environment, choice, and sexual orientation Environment, Transport and Works Bureau Environment, Health and Safety

  • [Architecture]

    See built environment and natural environment.

  • [Business]


    1 [C,U]

    the conditions that affect the behaviour and development of sb/sth; the physical conditions that sb/sth exists in:

    a pleasant working/learning environment

    We need to respond quickly to the changing business environment.

    They have created an environment in which productivity should flourish.

    tests carried out in a controlled environment

    the business/economic/political environment

    2 the environment [sing.]

    the natural world in which people, animals and plants live:

    measures to protect the environment

    pollution of the environment

    3 (IT ) [C]

    the complete structure within which a user, computer or program operates:

    a desktop development environment

    environmental // adjective [usually before noun]:

    the environmental impact of tourism

    environmentally // adverb:

    an environmentally sensitive area (= one that is easily damaged or that contains rare animals, plants, etc.)

    environmentally damaging

  • [Economics]
    The conditions under which people, creatures, and plants have to live. The natural environment concerns matters such as the purity of air to breathe, water to drink and soil to cultivate, and several further aspects ranging from biodiversity to noise. The built environment concerns the effects on quality of life of human constructs such as buildings, roads, dams, or powerlines. The environment may be affected by pollution of the atmosphere, rivers, and seas, by the climatic effects of building and deforestation, by increasing human use of land for commercial agriculture and forestry, and by noisy and visually intrusive activities. Environmental economics is concerned with the effects of economic activity on the environment, and the costs and benefits of measures to control them.

  • [Medicine]
    The external elements and conditions which surround,influence,and affect the life and development of an organism or population. n
    1 : the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival
    2 : the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community — en·vi·ron·men·tal adj — en·vi·ron·men·tal·ly adv


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  1. what is the range of the pelagic environment?
  2. businesses operate in a number of environments.
  3. paul adapted himself to the new environment.
  4. children need a caring environment.
  5. the environment is harsh and static.

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