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environment

noun
 
 
/ɪnˈvaɪərənmənt/
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 water.care/concern 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 critical.office/workplace 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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