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environment

noun uk   /ɪnˈvaɪ.rən.mənt/ us    /-ˈvaɪr.ən-/

environment noun (NATURE)

the environment [S]
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B1 the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live: Certain chemicals have been banned because of their damaging effect on the environment. We're not doing enough to protect the environment from pollution.

environment noun (SURROUNDINGS)

B2 [C] the conditions that you live or work in and the way that they influence how you feel or how effectively you can work: The office is quite bright and airy - it's a pleasant working environment. As a parent you try to create a stable home environment.
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Translations of “environment”
in Korean (생활)환경…
in Arabic بيئة…
in French milieu, environnement…
in Turkish yaşanan/çalışılan çevre…
in Italian ambiente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自然…
in Russian обстановка, атмосфера…
in Polish otoczenie…
in Spanish entorno, medio ambiente…
in Portuguese ambiente…
in German die Umgebung, die Umwelt…
in Catalan entorn…
in Japanese (周囲の)環境…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自然…
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