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the environment ENVIRONMENT the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live: conserve/preserve/protect the environment He tries to do what he can to preserve the environment by recycling, avoiding plastic foam products, and conserving about the environment Headlines are dominated by concern about the environment and global warming.damage/destroy/harm the environment Renewable energy is often more expensive than traditional power generated by fossil fuels, which damage the environment. clean up/improve the environment a risk/threat to the environment The use of biodiesel is being encouraged by governments around the world, as a way of reducing emissions which are harmful to the environment.
[C] the conditions that people live, work, or spend time in and the way that they influence how they feel, behave, or work: business/commercial/retail environment In a fast-paced, changing business environment, making sure employees have the right guidance can be environment After working freelance for some time, I wasn't sure whether I would fit well in an office environment. a learning/working environment a friendly/pleasant environment
[C] IT the system in which a computer or computer program operates: The company develops large-scale, fully-integrated, multimedia software environments for telephone company networks and cable TV systems.
→ See also marketing environment
(Definition of environment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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