Definition of environment in English:



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

    • ‘I lived in hostile environments, surrounded by religious bigotry where no one understood me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The simulations also show that the structure of the linker is strongly affected by its lipid environment.’
    • ‘The lipid membrane environment influences the conformational space explored by the peptide.’
    • ‘They have no respect for their environment, their surroundings and their neighbours.’
    • ‘As one might expect, the environments in which farm animals are confined can also be significantly contaminated.’
    • ‘Species were selected from a wide range of environments and evolutionary lineages.’
    • ‘They are non-polluting, and can be adapted to different cultural and ecological environments.’
    • ‘Acclimation may also be hidden if plants are grown under environments which lie at or beyond the limit of that species' acclimation capacity.’
    • ‘Nitrate is a major form of nitrogen available to plants in many environments.’
    • ‘In alpine environments, plants may be exposed to high temperatures during the day, but may be subject to overnight lows near freezing.’
    • ‘On the other hand certain environments will exclude plant species because of the specific adaptations that are required to survive.’
    • ‘So they're very rich environments in potential plants and animals that are going to be useful for human beings.’
    • ‘The plants were grown in soil in controlled environments at the plant density used in agricultural conditions.’
    • ‘Carbonaceous sediments were deposited over a wide range of environments.’
    • ‘Can we think about people as actual, literal, ecological components of their environments?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The depositional environment that preserved this fauna has been subject to widely different interpretations.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘It is all the more heartening when one considers that the learning environment is less than ideal.’
      • ‘Then I was in this blissful studio environment where you're completely unaware of what's going on.’
      • ‘Such fine-scale layering and extensive continuity point to a quiescent environment of deposition for the iron formation.’
      • ‘The main natural resources are fisheries and a marine environment conducive to tourism.’
      • ‘Today's business environment has become more competitive and security conscious.’
      • ‘They fired one long-term employee and have been creating a hostile work environment.’
      • ‘A number of researchers offer insights on supportive classroom environments and the use of technology in peer learning.’
      • ‘If you put this into the context of the diving environment the prognosis is pretty poor.’
      • ‘In 1976, the preservation of art environments was in its infancy.’
      • ‘But today's competitive healthcare environment has produced a new phenomenon: doctors fighting doctors.’
      • ‘Our focus is to provide a safe environment for students on our campus.’
      • ‘But it has regained confidence in the city's investment environment.’
      • ‘The windfall will see the creation of new classrooms and libraries to improve the learning environment for children.’
      • ‘"I want to ensure that all students are given a safe environment conducive to learning, " he says.’
      • ‘The fault may lie in domestic or school environments where negative situations may have arisen.’
      • ‘Some fantastic things are happening in terms of learning in the workplace environment.’
      • ‘Perioperative educators and managers are responsible for maintaining an environment conducive to implementing and improving professional standards of perioperative nursing.’
      • ‘She has over 20 years training experience in the customer service environment.’
      • ‘How has the changing security environment affected your work?’
      • ‘But let's not forget that football is a very harsh, very competitive environment.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All you have to do is set the appropriate environment variable before running the application.’
      • ‘Be sure you can recover your system before you start configuring these environment variables.’
      • ‘On a side note, only one of the two real-time environments may be loaded at any one time.’
  • 2The natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.

    • ‘The single largest problem facing the environment is human overpopulation.’
    • ‘There were angry warnings yesterday about potential damage to the environment and human health.’
    • ‘But he does have the power to stop the trials if there is evidence of harm to human health or the environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they are really involved in social activities and the environment, there is no limit.’
    • ‘They do this because the environment lobby carries less clout that the vested interests of business.’
    • ‘He is now urging the parliament's powerful environment committee to mount an investigation.’
    • ‘Never the less I was very keen to help her stop polluting the environment in the way that she did.’
    • ‘If this means a more active environment protection committee and a more responsive and caring council then so be it.’
    • ‘Will they put human health and the environment above chemical industry profits?’
    • ‘Deforestation is also a hallmark of the human impact on the environment.’
    • ‘Education and the environment are the key areas of interest for the bank, worldwide.’
    • ‘There are a lot of concerns over the safety of the environment and the natural food crops.’
    • ‘"The risk to human health was tiny, " said an environment department spokesman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Secondly, we may consider the effects of human action on the environment itself.’
    • ‘Background radiation is a feature of our environment on Earth extending back throughout geological time.’
    the natural world, nature, the living world, the world, the earth, the ecosystem, the biosphere, mother nature, gaia
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