Definition of climate in US English:

climate

noun

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

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

/ˈklaɪmɪt//ˈklīmit/