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English definition of “climate”

climate

noun uk   /ˈklaɪ.mət/ us  

climate noun (WEATHER)

B1 [C or U] the general weather conditions usually found in a particular place: a hot/dry/harsh climate The Mediterranean climate is good for growing citrus fruits and grapes. When we retire, we're going to move to a warmer climate.

climate noun (SITUATION)

C2 [C] the general development of a situation, or the situation, feelings, and opinions that exist at a particular time: the political/social climate I don't think we should expand our business in the current economic climate. Terrorism creates a climate of fear.
(Definition of climate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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