Definition of climate in English:

climate

noun

  • 1The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period:

    ‘our cold, wet climate’
    [mass noun] ‘agricultural development is constrained by climate’
    • ‘During climate extremes, whether droughts or flooding rains, those on the land feel it most.’
    • ‘Droughts are not abnormal phenomena; they are a normal component of contemporary climates in many regions of the world.’
    • ‘The exact dates required to generate these hours can be charted for your climate area.’
    • ‘In climates where freezing conditions occur regularly, door hardware must resist moisture penetration.’
    • ‘Some species have continued to spread northwards in response to the warmer climate.’
    • ‘The climate in this area is tropical to subtropical humid monsoonal.’
    • ‘The climate in the Peace region can cause problems with raising your own queen bees.’
    • ‘A microclimate describes the climate of a small environment such as a town, forest or garden.’
    • ‘The agency wants to hear from outsiders about how the migration of retirees to regions with warmer climates might cause ecological pressure.’
    • ‘The climate of the region does not fit well into the four standard seasons of the calendar year.’
    • ‘It is a weakness of this study that some of the countries defined as temperate in the questionnaire - for example, India - also contain regions with tropical climates.’
    • ‘The climate is hot and sultry and the volcanic land is fertile: food falls from the forest and leaps from the sea.’
    • ‘Forward-thinking landscape architects and designers are installing gardens that are appropriate to their regions and climates.’
    • ‘The climate in some Eurasian regions, such as Syria and Iran, remained wet and cool.’
    • ‘Consistently high temperatures, with no distinct dry season, characterize the climate of this region.’
    • ‘A monsoon climate of alternating wet and dry seasons characterizes the weather.’
    • ‘Climate models for the mid-Cretaceous predicted warm humid climates for this region.’
    • ‘People will probably always find the causes and effects of the weather and climate captivating.’
    • ‘It is most prevalent in regions of temperate climates that are highly industrialized, but rarely occurs in areas that are underdeveloped.’
    • ‘New urban centers tend to be located in regions with moderate climates - ie on the land more suitable for crops.’
    weather pattern, weather conditions, weather, atmospheric conditions
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    1. 1.1 A region with a particular climate:
      ‘he had grown up in a hot climate’
      • ‘The weather has been cold and crisp so it will be nice to go to warmer climates.’
      • ‘For example, colder locales have warmer cabins with fireplaces and other heating options, while cabins located in warmer climates may feature swimming pools.’
      • ‘As such, people from warmer climates will be spared the torture of subzero temperatures.’
      • ‘Since the beginning of January I have traveled to find warmer cycling friendly climates but instead of heading due south, like most cyclists, I flew due west.’
      • ‘A common example is the relatively faster rate of sugar increase in warm to hot climates compared to flavour increase and acid decrease.’
      • ‘In recent years we hear of a number of people going for continental holidays to warm climates.’
      • ‘Because chili peppers thrive in very warm, hot climates, equatorial regions seem to have the heaviest concentration of pungent cuisine.’
      • ‘Also known as elephant's ear, this water lover does best in warm climates; in colder regions, you can grow it indoors.’
      • ‘They are distributed worldwide, particularly in warm and temperate climates.’
      • ‘DNA in any stray pollen from transgenic crops will disintegrate rapidly in warm climates of Asia / Africa and Central or South America.’
      • ‘Since all basils, to a greater or lesser degree, are plants of warm climates, none grows freely in more northerly regions.’
      • ‘In hot climates, plant when temperatures begin to cool in early autumn.’
      • ‘This type of chicken will also save farmers large amounts of money on ventilation to prevent the birds from overheating in hot climates, such as in the Middle East.’
      • ‘In warm or tropical climates, year-round transmission is possible.’
      • ‘‘Isotonic and high-energy drinks will help people rehydrate in hot climates,’ the spokesman said.’
      • ‘‘Moving the animals to lower regions means the reindeer are stationary and living in hotter climates,’ Nansalmaa said.’
      • ‘Many are hybrids with the Kermadec Islands variety, which in warm climates flowers continuously.’
      • ‘Those living in warmer climates where the outdoor temperatures do not get low enough for good rooting can follow the same procedures.’
      • ‘Because coffee grows mostly in warm climates of Latin America, Africa and Asia, everyone who drinks it depends on workers from those regions to satisfy their fix.’
      • ‘Mr Jones, who paid £9,000 for the cruise and returned to his Wroughton home yesterday, was hoping a winter trip to hotter climates would help the chronic disease he suffers from.’
      region, area, zone, country, place
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    2. 1.2 The prevailing trend of public opinion or of another aspect of life:
      ‘the current economic climate’
      • ‘The president pointed out the two also discussed the delicate and evolving political climates in other former Soviet republics.’
      • ‘Because, to be blunt, in the present climate those sort of policies are simply untenable.’
      • ‘I understand the economic climate is different to two years ago and they think it will be harder to find people to invest.’
      • ‘It is hardly surprising that such anxiety might exist in the present political climate.’
      • ‘Deadly forms of opportunism are still perennial in the journalistic and political climates that dominate official Washington.’
      • ‘In the current climate, commitment and hard work within public services appear to be very much undervalued.’
      • ‘Such a political climate has been created that well-meaning people are even afraid to talk about it.’
      • ‘In the political climate of today public service broadcasting may seem a concept that has outlived its relevance.’
      • ‘Regardless of political or economic climates, your customers want the most efficient loads they can put in their defensive firearms.’
      • ‘In the current fearful climate, the public might assume that the prosecution service would pull out all the stops.’
      • ‘In the current political climate, it is hard to imagine this changing any time soon.’
      • ‘The idea that the social and political climates within a culture affect relationship dynamics adds to the complexity of the possible effects of conflict.’
      • ‘In the present economic climate the stadium was not one of the Government priorities, she added.’
      • ‘Short is convinced that the public climate is ripe for rebellion.’
      • ‘It may be a stereotype, but in the current political climate, it is an inspiring one.’
      • ‘However, the current climate suggests the time is right for long-term investors to take on more risk.’
      • ‘Among things to consider are the political climate and crime rate of the country you will be entering.’
      • ‘The climate of Scottish political opinion on tax has altered markedly in the last couple of years.’
      • ‘The political and economic climates of the day will impact how much a nation supports a particular EU operation.’
      • ‘The expansion was on the cards for this year but the group decided the economic climate wasn't suitable.’
      atmosphere, mood, temper, spirit, feeling, feel, ambience, aura, tenor, tendency, essence, ethos, attitude, milieu
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French climat or late Latin clima, climat-, from Greek klima slope, zone, from klinein to slope. The term originally denoted a zone of the earth between two lines of latitude, then any region of the earth, and later, a region considered with reference to its atmospheric conditions. Compare with clime.

Pronunciation:

climate

/ˈklʌɪmət/