Definition of environment in English:



  • 1The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.

    ‘survival in an often hostile environment’
    • ‘The simulations also show that the structure of the linker is strongly affected by its lipid environment.’
    • ‘On the other hand certain environments will exclude plant species because of the specific adaptations that are required to survive.’
    • ‘Nitrate is a major form of nitrogen available to plants in many environments.’
    • ‘The lipid membrane environment influences the conformational space explored by the peptide.’
    • ‘The concept of instinct is an attempt to explain why some kinds of behaviour develop consistently in a given species across a wide range of environments.’
    • ‘As one might expect, the environments in which farm animals are confined can also be significantly contaminated.’
    • ‘The plants were grown in soil in controlled environments at the plant density used in agricultural conditions.’
    • ‘I lived in hostile environments, surrounded by religious bigotry where no one understood me.’
    • ‘They are non-polluting, and can be adapted to different cultural and ecological environments.’
    • ‘The architecture profession is experiencing tremendous pressure to change the ways it perceives and shapes the built environment.’
    • ‘Neither really confronts other than tangentially how being a port distinctively shaped the urban environment and the urban experience.’
    • ‘Acclimation may also be hidden if plants are grown under environments which lie at or beyond the limit of that species' acclimation capacity.’
    • ‘Can we think about people as actual, literal, ecological components of their environments?’
    • ‘So they're very rich environments in potential plants and animals that are going to be useful for human beings.’
    • ‘Species were selected from a wide range of environments and evolutionary lineages.’
    • ‘Carbonaceous sediments were deposited over a wide range of environments.’
    • ‘They have no respect for their environment, their surroundings and their neighbours.’
    • ‘The depositional environment that preserved this fauna has been subject to widely different interpretations.’
    • ‘In alpine environments, plants may be exposed to high temperatures during the day, but may be subject to overnight lows near freezing.’
    • ‘Environmentalists point out that the contamination of farmed salmon is so bad that the farms pollute the surrounding environment.’
    habitat, territory, domain, home, abode
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    1. 1.1[usually with modifier]The setting or conditions in which a particular activity is carried on.
      ‘a good learning environment’
      • ‘She has over 20 years training experience in the customer service environment.’
      • ‘But let's not forget that football is a very harsh, very competitive environment.’
      • ‘They fired one long-term employee and have been creating a hostile work environment.’
      • ‘The windfall will see the creation of new classrooms and libraries to improve the learning environment for children.’
      • ‘But today's competitive healthcare environment has produced a new phenomenon: doctors fighting doctors.’
      • ‘"I want to ensure that all students are given a safe environment conducive to learning, " he says.’
      • ‘Such fine-scale layering and extensive continuity point to a quiescent environment of deposition for the iron formation.’
      • ‘A number of researchers offer insights on supportive classroom environments and the use of technology in peer learning.’
      • ‘Today's business environment has become more competitive and security conscious.’
      • ‘If you put this into the context of the diving environment the prognosis is pretty poor.’
      • ‘It is all the more heartening when one considers that the learning environment is less than ideal.’
      • ‘Our focus is to provide a safe environment for students on our campus.’
      • ‘The main natural resources are fisheries and a marine environment conducive to tourism.’
      • ‘The fault may lie in domestic or school environments where negative situations may have arisen.’
      • ‘How has the changing security environment affected your work?’
      • ‘Some fantastic things are happening in terms of learning in the workplace environment.’
      • ‘But it has regained confidence in the city's investment environment.’
      • ‘In 1976, the preservation of art environments was in its infancy.’
      • ‘Then I was in this blissful studio environment where you're completely unaware of what's going on.’
      • ‘Perioperative educators and managers are responsible for maintaining an environment conducive to implementing and improving professional standards of perioperative nursing.’
      situation, setting, milieu, medium, background, backdrop, scene, scenario, location, locale, context, framework
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    2. 1.2Computing [with modifier]The overall structure within which a user, computer, or program operates.
      ‘a desktop development environment’
      • ‘All you have to do is set the appropriate environment variable before running the application.’
      • ‘On a side note, only one of the two real-time environments may be loaded at any one time.’
      • ‘For just £7, the software can be downloaded from a website and the variety of background environments is endless.’
      • ‘The install is not complete until a couple of environment variables are configured.’
      • ‘Be sure you can recover your system before you start configuring these environment variables.’
  • 2The natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.

    ‘the impact of pesticides on the environment’
    [as modifier] ‘a parliamentary environment committee’
    • ‘"The risk to human health was tiny, " said an environment department spokesman.’
    • ‘Only reverence can restrain violence - reverance for human life and the environment.’
    • ‘I am involved in creating pesticides that are better for both humans and the environment.’
    • ‘Will they put human health and the environment above chemical industry profits?’
    • ‘Background radiation is a feature of our environment on Earth extending back throughout geological time.’
    • ‘There are a lot of concerns over the safety of the environment and the natural food crops.’
    • ‘They do this because the environment lobby carries less clout that the vested interests of business.’
    • ‘Never the less I was very keen to help her stop polluting the environment in the way that she did.’
    • ‘Education and the environment are the key areas of interest for the bank, worldwide.’
    • ‘Deforestation is also a hallmark of the human impact on the environment.’
    • ‘Secondly, we may consider the effects of human action on the environment itself.’
    • ‘He is now urging the parliament's powerful environment committee to mount an investigation.’
    • ‘If they are really involved in social activities and the environment, there is no limit.’
    • ‘But he does have the power to stop the trials if there is evidence of harm to human health or the environment.’
    • ‘If this means a more active environment protection committee and a more responsive and caring council then so be it.’
    • ‘So much sewage being pumped into the Thames is bad for the environment, bad for human health and bad for the image of the Thames.’
    • ‘Why should the environment and natural resources in general be treated differently?’
    • ‘Anything that gets in the way, from human rights to the environment, is trampled underfoot.’
    • ‘The single largest problem facing the environment is human overpopulation.’
    • ‘There were angry warnings yesterday about potential damage to the environment and human health.’
    the natural world, nature, the living world, the world, the earth, the ecosystem, the biosphere, mother nature, gaia
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