Definition of green in English:

green

adjective

  • 1Of the color between blue and yellow in the spectrum; colored like grass or emeralds.

    ‘the leaves are bright green’
    • ‘I painted my fingernails bright green and put on black lipstick.’
    • ‘One policeman was covered in green paint thrown by protesters.’
    • ‘Because of the monsoons the region is covered by lush green vegetation all the year round.’
    • ‘She was Irish and had lovely long black hair, pale skin, and green cat-like eyes.’
    • ‘Green algae grow suspended in the water, turning it murky green and making it difficult to see the fish.’
    • ‘Just looking at that terrible green and blue colour scheme is enough to make me shudder.’
    • ‘The fresh green leaves in spring will turn a glorious golden yellow in autumn and are light and easy to sweep up when they finally fall.’
    • ‘The green chlolorphyll in vegetables has recently been linked to reducing the risk of bowel cancer.’
    • ‘He wore a plain green uniform and beret with stripes indicating that he was an officer of the Army.’
    • ‘Among vegetables, those most closely related to lowering the risk of heart disease were green, leafy vegetables.’
    • ‘The tables are covered with green tablecloths and the wooden chairs have nice padded cushions which invite you to stay awhile.’
    • ‘The strongest stems are several feet long and have been carrying fat, pale green buds for some time.’
    • ‘He discreetly indicated the woman in the green overcoat who was reading a magazine on her lap.’
    • ‘Emeria adjusted the green scarf that covered her mouth and nose, blinking to free the snow from her eyelashes.’
    • ‘Ryan and Daz had tacked up one of those wipe clean boards weeks ago, and on it, in green marker pen, was drawn a wonky smiley face.’
    • ‘By the church, on slopes covered by soft green grass and a smattering of daises there is an old well-tended graveyard.’
    • ‘The red, white, and green flag also is a powerful national symbol.’
    • ‘A quick phone call and in less than ten minutes a green shuttle bus is at your door.’
    • ‘The walls were painted green and the soft carpet was black.’
    • ‘The ribbon is orange with two green stripes which indicates that the medal is connected with agriculture.’
    greenish, viridescent
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    1. 1.1Consisting of fresh green vegetables.
      ‘a green salad’
      • ‘If you feel you must give your rabbit green food give a small amount of greens, carrot, apple or bread.’
      • ‘Finish with a green, leafy salad and a glass of Rioja.’
      • ‘Copious plates of pasta, fresh green salad and ripe peaches would follow.’
      • ‘I'd generally serve it with a jacket-baked potato for each person and a green salad or vegetable, depending on the season.’
      • ‘More fennel appeared in the green side salad we ordered which got a thumbs up once again.’
      • ‘The burgers come with either a green salad or a serving of plain potato chips (good ones, too) on the side.’
      • ‘Serve with a bowl of grated hard cheese to sprinkle on top as well as a green salad, fresh bread, and the Merlot.’
    2. 1.2Denoting a green light or flag used as a signal to proceed.
      • ‘As the lights changed to green, my dad gave one last friendly toot before we pulled away.’
      • ‘There is a traffic junction ahead, but it takes at least three rounds of signal change before one is given a green sign.’
      • ‘A green emergency exit sign was the light to his disappearance and he made his way towards it.’
      • ‘A little green light lit up verifying my fingerprint and the door opened.’
      • ‘But when the green flag drops, they also compete against each other as hard as anybody else.’
      • ‘Upon the green flag Majoram pulled away with the rest of the pack snarling at his back bumper.’
      • ‘I swiped the card key through the lock and little green light appeared.’
      • ‘You certainly need a car that you can race well, and I am confident that when the green flag drops, we are going to have that.’
      • ‘He kept his eyes on the road. Not too many cars at this time. The lights were all green, and he was grateful. At least he didn't have to stop.’
      • ‘For the moment, though, those of us who travel daily by bus in and out of Edinburgh would be happy to see the lights change to green slightly more frequently.’
      • ‘Known for his quick starts, Lewis swept passed several cars in dramatic fashion at the green flag.’
      • ‘The two girls climbed the steps into an enormous black room, lit only by six red lamps and a green exit sign.’
      • ‘Billy Moyer grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and held the point position for more than half the race.’
      • ‘The green flag fell and the pack sprinted into the first lap with the bumpers going in at every opportunity.’
      • ‘The big final was a typically full-blooded affair, with a complete restart being called as the cars piled into each other before the green flag fell.’
      • ‘Jake tapped his fingers impatiently on the steering wheel while he waited for a red light to turn green.’
      • ‘At most junctions, the crossing time is just a few seconds. Also, vehicles, especially two-wheelers, begin to move even before the signal turns green.’
      • ‘Cars accelerate from the stop lights and just manage a gear change if the following ones are green at the other end of our block.’
      • ‘Until 1970 drivers would line up on the track and run to their cars on the dropping of the green flag.’
      • ‘Once the test is started, the green indicator light comes on and the participant can commence the trial.’
    3. 1.3(of a ski run) of the lowest level of difficulty, as indicated by colored markers on the run.
      • ‘The runs were graded like ski runs from green, the easiest, to black, the most difficult.’
      • ‘By the last day, me and my fellow beginners were coasting (fairly) effortlessly down green and blue runs, starting to experiment with parallel turns and having a fantastic time.’
    4. 1.4Physics
      Denoting one of three colors of quark.
      • ‘Quarks come in different varieties, and physicists whimsically give these the names of colors - red, green, and blue. This doesn't mean that quarks really are red, green, or blue.’
      • ‘The figure on the left shows a red quark and a green quark interacting by exchanging a gluon that carries the appropriate colours.’
  • 2Covered with grass, trees, or other plants.

    ‘proposals that would smother green fields with development’
    • ‘We rolled down the windows to enjoy the fresh scent of the green forest and slowed down to pass through small towns and past quiet country schools.’
    • ‘The green hills of Somerset, as well as other parts of northern Europe, enjoy rainfall all year round.’
    • ‘She really liked the scenery and the fresh air that the green, tranquilizing place provided.’
    • ‘It is a region rich in art and Roman and Etruscan history, with a spectacular landscape of rolling green hills and mountains, trees, vineyards and hilltop villages.’
    • ‘Labour will preserve and enhance York's wonderful historic and green environment, while ensuring the city does not stagnate.’
    • ‘The cloud cover had burned off, and the fields were green with fresh grass and dotted with live oaks.’
    • ‘The fresh, green, serenity of the landscape had encouraged us to breathe deeply as we drove; and to think.’
    • ‘With everything so green you'd think it had been raining all winter and spring.’
    • ‘The spectre of further development of the green fields around Swindon is looming.’
    • ‘I love that area - there are some beautiful villages, and the trees and fields were looking very lush and fresh and green.’
    • ‘The city sits in a broad, flat plain, as level and as green as a ripe paddy field at harvest time.’
    • ‘Lush, fresh and green, the shady forest was a welcome escape from the heat of the rising morning sun.’
    • ‘So there is going to be a need for some development on green fields on the edge of the town.’
    • ‘As far as I could see, a dark green sea of untouched forest rolled out to the whole encircling horizon.’
    • ‘It did not take much imagination to visualise the vast green forests that had covered the countryside at one time.’
    • ‘This used to be a pleasant, clean and green environment - but not any more.’
    • ‘With its green fields and fresh air, Ribchester is an unlikely base for a new internet-based company headquarters.’
    • ‘It is a rich, green environment that provides a year-round equatorial climate.’
    • ‘He said its scent on her skin reminded him of wide-open, green fields covered with sweet flowers.’
    • ‘Arroyos split the dry mountain landscape, offering water and lush green environments.’
    verdant, grassy, grass-covered, leafy, verdurous
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    1. 2.1Concerned with or supporting protection of the environment as a political principle.
      ‘a Green candidate for the European parliament’
      • ‘But the Green councillors have been told their submission must have been lost in transit.’
      • ‘Salford City Council now wants residents to go green and help the environment.’
      • ‘The WI has a strong track record as a campaigning organisation, particularly on green issues.’
      • ‘There were ten candidates in the ward, including three Labour and one Green candidate.’
      • ‘Of course, this can best be achieved by electing Green politicians to parliament.’
      • ‘In any case, David Bacon, the Green candidate for governor, has remained in the race.’
      • ‘If that's true, Lismore is well on the way to having a Green council and a Democrat mayor.’
      • ‘Its ideas resonate strongly with many other sections of the Green movement.’
      • ‘If we can use green taxes to reduce pollution and then use the extra revenue to reduce income taxes, society has two hits with one shot.’
      • ‘Seems to be a job that could be done equally well by a Lib Dem opposition, a Green opposition or any other party opposition.’
      • ‘An illuminating consequence of this debate has been the light it has thrown on the priorities of the Green lobby.’
      • ‘Without those Green votes, the Government could not have passed that legislation.’
      • ‘If you haven't heard about the proposed environment tax or green levy, you will in the future.’
      • ‘At the last European elections British Green MEPs were elected for the first time.’
      • ‘As Winslow sees it, there's no need to compromise between financial glory and being green.’
      • ‘What it came down to was the support of the local council on whose land the wind farm is based, as well as key Green groups.’
      • ‘He believes this local student presence may help him win Green votes.’
      • ‘Sir Wilfred Thesiger is an obvious hero of the green movement.’
      • ‘But is the Government as green as it claims and will the environment count at the ballot box?’
      • ‘Thanks to the environmentalists, businesses are slowly waking up to green issues.’
    2. 2.2(of a product) not harmful to the environment.
      • ‘That might be good for a car this size, but it is hardly a green alternative to small cars.’
      • ‘The barometer readings calculated in mega watts per hour indicate that the use of green electricity is increasing.’
      • ‘They can be cost effective, improve productivity and make green buildings even greener.’
      • ‘As long as such distortions are built into our energy accounting system, the switch to green energy will remain stalled.’
      • ‘The £50m wind farm would provide green power to 51,000 homes and would cut carbon dioxide emissions.’
      • ‘If the government gave a tax break to green fuels, the price would go down.’
      • ‘For some it's a hard pill to swallow - Texas as the national leader in renewable, green energy.’
      • ‘Conference attendees will learn how to use green infrastructure to make cities better places to live.’
      • ‘This new information will be good for trees and help demonstrate the value of a green infrastructure.’
      • ‘Optimists say that green buildings will be the standard in five to 10 years.’
      • ‘The architect says green products must work in conjunction with thoughtful design.’
      • ‘In the report, case studies record productivity gains from green design as high as 16 percent.’
      • ‘The source and production of green/alternative energies will of necessity be largely based in rural Ireland.’
      • ‘Electricity produced from green power stations is to be exempt from the climate change levy.’
      • ‘This year's theme is climate change and visitors can find out how to switch to green electricity and other ways of helping the environment.’
      • ‘They will be able to convert waste which is non-recyclable into green power which will reduce the county's dependence on fossil fuels.’
      • ‘As more users sign up, the incentive for energy companies to produce green power increases.’
      • ‘What Brown grew to appreciate was the economic and construction logic behind green building.’
      • ‘Mr Hulme has been an outspoken protester against the plan for the wind farm, which developers say will provide green power for thousands of homes.’
      • ‘Girls were more aware of green issues than boys, and were more likely to join an environmental group or buy green products.’
  • 3(of a plant or fruit) young or unripe.

    ‘green shoots’
    • ‘My mother, who is growing tomatoes in her garden, reports that there are some insects or animals or something that's gnawing at her tomatoes even when they're still green.’
    • ‘When choosing your papaya, make sure it is an unripe green fruit with just a touch of yellow in the skin.’
    • ‘Bananas are delivered to the market while they are still green.’
    • ‘Others prefer to eat them when they are still green or half ripe, when the acid taste predominates.’
    • ‘If they're too green, they were picked too soon and will never taste good.’
    • ‘It seems that the green, unripe berries do contain a harmful substance, but that this disappears as the fruits ripen.’
    • ‘Ripening of tomato fruit involves the differentiation of chloroplasts in young green fruit into chromoplasts in mature ripe red fruit.’
    unripe, not ripe, immature
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    1. 3.1(of wood) unseasoned.
    2. 3.2(of food or leather) not dried, smoked, or tanned.
      • ‘While people in the south of England favoured Wiltshire bacon smoked over oak or pine sawdust, people in the north liked ‘green bacon’ (unsmoked and often cured separately from the legs).’
      • ‘If you try to burn green wood, the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn, using up a large percentage of the available energy in the process.’
      • ‘Avoid burning green (unseasoned) wood which may contain up to 50% of its weight in moisture.’
    3. 3.3(of a person) inexperienced, naive, or gullible.
      ‘a green recruit fresh from college’
      • ‘He's a Grade 1 winner, he's run well in all three of his starts, but he's still green.’
      • ‘I'd been carrying all the rope and stuff for a few years, but was still fairly green.’
      • ‘It didn't send its green reporters to war, nor did it leave its stale reporters at home.’
      • ‘I was completely green when it came to the downtown New York scene, and I'm pretty sure it showed.’
      • ‘If everybody is too busy to show you what else to do and you're too green to know how to find work on your own, start cleaning.’
      • ‘She was very green and it took a long time for the penny to drop.’
      • ‘I was a green kid with little more than two months of training when we met.’
      • ‘I was green then, so I told him the truth, my voice carrying through the quiet to the rest of my men.’
      • ‘So all the oldest teachers were fired and replaced by green ones, right out of the community college.’
      • ‘They were green pilots and didn't have a lick over two months of training.’
      • ‘Everything was an influence, because I was green, open, always ready to explore, and naive.’
    4. 3.4(of a memory) not fading.
      ‘clubs devoted to keeping green the memory of Sherlock Holmes’
    5. 3.5Still strong or vigorous.
      ‘first there was green old age, hardly different from middle age’
      • ‘The scenes on board INS Vikarant, shortly after the surrender ceremony, are still green in his memory.’
      • ‘The movement of the war from memory into history is still far from complete. Many participants still survive, and help to keep the memory green.’
      • ‘Former pupils and classmates swapped stories about their schooldays, which may or may not have been the happiest days of their lives, but which were still green in their memories and viewed with affection.’
    6. 3.6archaic (of a wound) fresh; not healed.
      • ‘I didn't like it one bit, seemed terribly like turning a knife in a very green wound.’
  • 4(of the complexion or a person) pale and sickly-looking.

    ‘“Are you all right? You look absolutely green.”’
    • ‘They probably went a little green around the gills and puked a bit.’
    • ‘You've been looking a bit green around the gills lately.’
    • ‘Are you okay, man? You look a little green.’
    • ‘He really did look it too, his face was pale and almost green, and his body jerked as if he were about to throw up.’
    • ‘A girl in the back bolted up, looking mildly green around the edges.’
    • ‘Debbie turned green around the gills when she was mucking out the pigs.’
    • ‘She glanced at Wesley, who was looking rather green at the sight of the long gash across the girl's ribs and stomach.’
    • ‘Indeed when Alex got back from the morgue he was looking distinctly pale and green around the gills.’
    • ‘The pies keep coming, and some of the contestants are starting to look a little green around the gills.’
    • ‘Murray hesitated, his complexion turning slightly green at the idea of a wide-awake, close-up view of the corpse.’
    pale, wan, pallid, ashen, ashen-faced, pasty, pasty-faced, grey, whitish, washed out, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinched, sallow
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noun

  • 1Green color or pigment.

    ‘major roads are marked in green’
    • ‘The colour of the dress matched the green of her eyes, and it complemented the ring that her grandfather had made for her.’
    • ‘Her eyes, normally a light green by nature, glimmered turquoise in the light.’
    • ‘Beneath the jacket he wore a shirt and tie that matched the green of the jacket and pants perfectly.’
    • ‘The huge flowers were out, with white, pink and orange petals set against the green of the foliage and the blue of the lagoon.’
    • ‘Those with this condition cannot distinguish certain shades of red and green.’
    • ‘Relatively large, the leaves are a dull light green with a paler underside during growing season.’
    • ‘The plaintiff gave evidence that he is, and has always been, colour blind, and is unable to distinguish between red and green.’
    • ‘Route 2 buses branded in green will operate on a loop connecting Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate rail stations.’
    • ‘There and in other fields, a yellow corn leaf appeared in sharp contrast to the deeper green of the rest of the plants.’
    • ‘He must have seen them, since their clothes didn't match the green of the grasslands.’
    • ‘He looked out the back windows and saw only the uniform green of grass and bushes.’
    • ‘Her eyes were a light green, which gave her an exotic look with her lightly tanned skin.’
    • ‘He projected his own violent moods on to the canvas in red and green.’
    • ‘In the sunlight, the steel surface comes alive with reflections, picking up the green of the surrounding grass.’
    • ‘Strawberries should be uniformly red with no green at the tips or at the stem.’
    • ‘The festive colors of red and green, as well as the customary exchange of gifts, likewise have Pagan origins.’
    • ‘The colour green is supposed to be the most relaxing on the eye and nerves.’
    • ‘In the spring the still surface mirrored the pale green of new buds.’
    • ‘This year, though, expect to see red mixed with colours other than traditional green.’
    • ‘However, the buildings today, newly painted in green and gold, are exact replicas of the original structures.’
    1. 1.1Green clothes or material.
      ‘two girls in red and green’
      • ‘A group of 30 policemen dressed in green stood on a corner receiving instructions.’
      • ‘Nobody dressed in green would dare to look this gift horse in the mouth.’
      • ‘Well, I just look up at my team-mates and they're all dressed up in green and gold.’
      • ‘FBK play in yellow and green, two colours from the national flag.’
      • ‘But Johnson's latest performance in the red and green of Leicester showed that he still has a ravenous appetite for club rugby.’
      • ‘There's also a nice and deserved tribute page to the late Richie Bell who donned the red and green of Mayo on many occasions.’
      • ‘The men in green will be disappointed with their performance as their smooth first half petered out in the second.’
      • ‘His coffin was draped in the red and green of Mayo and the local club formed a guard of honour.’
    2. 1.2Green foliage or growing plants.
      ‘that lovely canopy of green over Puritan Road’
      • ‘The canopy of green around the hotel and the lake provides an interesting contrast with the rugged beauty of the sand and scrub beyond.’
      • ‘From here, the village looked quiet, a group of shacks surrounded by the green of the forest.’
    3. 1.3informal, dated Money.
      ‘you'll save yourself some green’
      • ‘Home life is also happier for those who have some green in their pockets.’
      • ‘And plenty of green will be needed to respond to an anticipated $200 million-plus Republican assault on the presumptive nominee.’
      • ‘At five shillings a dose that's a lot of green.’
  • 2A green thing, in particular.

    1. 2.1A green light.
      • ‘The car in front of me stalled and I missed the green.’
      • ‘He came to a halt at the first set of traffic lights at the red light and he passed the second one on the green.’
  • 3A piece of public or common grassy land, especially in the center of a town.

    ‘a house overlooking the green’
    • ‘The arts and crafts exhibition was held in the village hall, while refreshments were served in a marquee on the village green.’
    • ‘A large Christmas tree with large bulbous fairy lights had been placed on the village green.’
    • ‘Angry mums and dads say the council is a killjoy for putting up signs forbidding ball games on a green between Overbrook and Bevisland.’
    • ‘I am told the garden of my house used to be part of the village green.’
    • ‘High Ellington is a pleasant little village with a green.’
    lawn, common, grassy area, sward, grass
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    1. 3.1An area of smooth, very short grass immediately surrounding a hole on a golf course.
      • ‘Murray's morning 70 included a chip in from off the green for a birdie 2 at the 13 th.’
      • ‘The last three matches were decided on the final green, truly making it a splendid competition!’
      • ‘Just beyond the third green a new championship tee has been constructed on the fourth hole with the lake on the left now visible off the tee.’
      • ‘The manicured greens and fairways of golf courses are not usually considered ideal places for conservation management.’
      • ‘On the giant scoreboard behind the green, he could see what he had long dreamt about - his own name on top, co-leader.’
  • 4Green leafy vegetables.

    ‘salad greens’
    ‘collard greens’
    • ‘Apparently one in five of our supposedly health obsessed, eco friendly and vegetarian teenagers eat no greens at all.’
    • ‘Most of the herbs and salad greens are grown in the hotel garden, and there is always at least one vegetarian option available.’
    • ‘Mix the potatoes and chopped greens together with plenty of salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Fill up one side of the plate with leafy greens and nonstarchy vegetables.’
    • ‘First, there's salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, cabbage, carrot and cauliflower in a creamy but pungent dressing.’
    vegetables, leaf vegetables
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  • 5A member or supporter of an environmentalist group or party.

    • ‘Your vote might not get the Lib Dem / Green in but it might help keep the fascist out.’
    • ‘The Greens also opposed both the construction of nuclear power stations and the stationing of nuclear weapons on German soil.’
    • ‘If this was the case, we'd end up with the amusing sight of a parliament full of Lib Dems and Greens.’
    • ‘Leading members of Respect have made repeated attempts to agree an electoral pact with the Greens.’
    • ‘When the no confidence vote was passed, she resigned and eight Lib Dem councillors and one Green followed suit.’
    environmentalist, conservationist, preservationist, nature-lover, eco-activist
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verb

  • 1Make or become green, in particular.

    1. 1.1[with object]Make (an urban or desert area) more verdant by planting or encouraging trees or other greenery.
      ‘greening the desert’
      • ‘For example, if you want to green the Sahara, and make it suitable for human life, how would you start?’
      • ‘Some parks will be upgraded and major routes will be greened.’
      • ‘This year, says Griffiths, Johannesburg City Parks will continue greening the many treeless and dusty suburbs of Soweto, Lenasia and Eldorado Park, with indigenous trees.’
      • ‘She also recalled that when she first approached her neighbors about greening the area, she was met with mockery and rejection.’
      • ‘The programme, also known as the eKhaya Neighbourhood Programme, includes greening the pavements, placing rest areas outdoors and installing CCTV cameras for surveillance.’
      • ‘Readers of my last letter will probably, apart from describing the scripts in a mood of cynical contempt, realise my obsession with trees and greening the city.’
      • ‘This group has the reputation of greening the Bangalore University campus with five lakh tree saplings.’
      • ‘Factors like these are important to consider when deciding how much of your construction budget to direct toward greening the exterior.’
      • ‘And while we have already lost billions in ecosystem services to existing development, some of these natural benefits can be recovered by greening the developed parts of a city.’
      • ‘And Lusaka Mayor Levy Mkandawire said greening the country had been the plan of the city authority adding that any erring person who would litter the city at free will would be charged.’
      • ‘For Dale's family and friends, it meshes all Dale's interests into one giant drive for greening the urban community.’
      • ‘by now the seeds and grass and plants should have been taking root, greening the area.’
      • ‘While the level of support was the lowest in the Lower Mainland, it still denotes the majority of residents don't want their neighbours artificially greening their lawns and gardens.’
      • ‘Well, greening our cities is what the program's about today.’
      • ‘Even in Portland, the government struggles with greening its buildings, says Rob Bennett, manager of the city's Building Division.’
      • ‘A handful of U.S. companies install green roofs commercially, but so far high expense prevents them from greening individual residential roofs.’
      • ‘Pained at this ‘inhuman tree-felling’, a tiny group of tree lovers has been involved in the task of greening the city.’
      • ‘In Europe, there are bylaws: governments tax water runoff, so people green their roofs.’
      • ‘It has been reclaimed and greened over and, as it is earmarked for business use in the council's planning blueprint, it would be unlikely to present major planning obstacles.’
      • ‘Each and every couple should plant a few tree saplings in their neighbourhood so that the parched earth could be greened, he felt.’
      • ‘With a view to greening the National Highway, the Forest Department has decided to plant 60,000 saplings on the new four-lane road connecting Bangalore with Chennai, which is nearing completion.’
      • ‘The mayor was doing a great job of responding to President Thabo Mbeki's mandate to green the townships, she added.’
      • ‘The efforts of the Government and civic bodies to green the city have been at best half-hearted.’
      • ‘The first-ever national congress on green spaces in cities starts today in Johannesburg, with a focus on how greening South African cities can contribute to their social, environmental and financial well-being.’
      • ‘Joubert Park is managed by the Johannesburg Parks Agency, who, together with other bodies, are busy cleaning up the park, and greening the area.’
      • ‘Architect Will Alsop's idea of greening the city and making it car-free, although not new, has to be at the forefront of any masterplan.’
      • ‘Orchids, flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees have been combined to green the area.’
      • ‘The Committee then looked upward to the blocks of flats and focused on balconies and rooftops. They actively encouraged tenants to green their balconies by getting window boxes, soil and plants at wholesale prices for them.’
      • ‘Businesses should assert further control by cleaning and greening their sidewalks.’
      • ‘I was shown some brave attempts to green the town and to get a windbreak going, but the real issue here is housing.’
      • ‘Auto and General will be greening its offices in Auckland Park.’
      • ‘However, if anybody is willing to give me an appropriate sum of money, I will green the desert.’
      • ‘A bus tour of Soweto was instrumental in showcasing the progress made in greening disadvantaged areas since the World Summit’
    2. 1.2[with object]Make less harmful or more sensitive to the environment.
      ‘the importance of greening this industry’
      • ‘In October, the council released a new set of standards for greening up existing buildings.’
      • ‘Its an excellent starting point for students interested in greening their campuses.’
      • ‘Moreover, it is doubtful whether the new instruments for greening the CAP provide enough incentive to change the production methods of those farmers who damage the environment the most.’
      • ‘Environmental groups are puzzled and annoyed that, despite high-profile campaigns to get Canadians to green their consumption habits, the federal government is considering easing the burden on heavy industry.’
      • ‘The Greens have unveiled a radical programme for greening London's transport system.’
      • ‘These pilot projects continue, and the EPA has yet to require agencies to take concrete steps towards greening their purchasing habits.’
      • ‘The gocarbonfree.com website has greened it up with some approved carbon offsets, but it's still a band G car and, at 269g/km, it's not even a very clean band G.’
      • ‘Quantitative exercises, as well as more lengthy, detailed case studies of businesses that are trying to green their activities would have added depth to what remains a rather abstract analysis.’
      • ‘Join together with residential architects throughout the country to set the path towards greening the American home.’
      • ‘Reforming our cars, greening our energy, planting some trees, redesigning our cities, these are virtuous but piecemeal efforts.’
      • ‘Also, large producers are loath to green their products unless they see a competitive advantage to doing so.’
      • ‘Office-supply giant Office Depot is teaming up with respected conservation groups in an effort to green its business practices.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Become green in color, through age or by becoming covered with plants.
      [no object] ‘the roof was greening with lichen’
      • ‘Pitches in England change from day to day. Indeed this one had greened up overnight.’
      • ‘Out on the fields there are long lines of willows greening up, ready to give new bud and make a year's growth ready for coppicing in the Autumn.’
      • ‘He found the oasis, where spring water greened the fields of a small village.’
      • ‘The rain had greened everything. The place was restful and fragrant, like the garden she had left at Rome.’
      • ‘The spray reached out to us, softened and greened the earth, and kept the jungle at bay.’
      • ‘Although pasture grasses are greening up, growth remains at a slower than normal pace.’
      • ‘Although the changes are not to everyone's taste at the present time, no doubt when some of the disturbed area has greened up it will look more natural and attractive’
      • ‘‘For greening up the place you don't need really to go for flowers in the perennial plants, you can always add in a few annuals to get your colour,’ said Woods.’
      • ‘We were talking about how brown the bamboos were most of the year, and how they greened up after a little rain.’
      • ‘The field has now been re-seeded and is greening over nicely in the recent warm spell.’
      • ‘Pastures are not greening up in some areas as they should.’
      • ‘No doubt the rain has been a great blessing and previously brown lawns are greening up.’
      • ‘In the spring I watched the elm put out seeds, greening the tree with a mass of flat pods before the leaves emerged, while the oak stayed dormant.’

Origin

Old English grēne (adjective), grēnian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch groen, German grün, also to grass and grow.

Pronunciation:

green

/ɡrēn/