ecology Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"ecology" in British English

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ecologynoun [U]

uk   /ɪˈkɒl.ə.dʒi/  us   /-ˈkɑː.lə-/
C1 the ​relationships between the ​air, ​land, ​water, ​animals, ​plants, etc., usually of a ​particulararea, or the ​scientificstudy of this: The ​oilspillcausedterribledamage to the ​fragile ecology of the ​coast. She ​hopes to ​study ecology at ​college.
(Definition of ecology from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ecology" in American English

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ecologynoun [U]

 us   /ɪˈkɑl·ə·dʒi/
the ​relationship of ​living things to ​theirenvironment and to each other, or the ​scientificstudy of this: The ​oilspill caused ​greatdamage to the ​fragile ecology of the ​coastline.
ecological
adjective  us   /ˌi·kəˈlɑdʒ·ɪ·kəl, ˌek·ə-/
(Definition of ecology from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ecology" in Business English

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ecologynoun [U or C]

uk   us   /iːˈkɒlədʒi/
ENVIRONMENT the ​relationship between ​living things and their ​environment: The ​developments will ​extend further into the shore, so further destroying the river's ecology.
WORKPLACE, COMMERCE the ​relationship between the ​peopleworking within a ​company or the ​relationship between different ​companiesworking together: We need a ​healthy ecology of ​competingorganizations: traditional ​companies, ​partnerships, ​mutuals, co-operatives, and ​socialenterprises. Business ecologydeals with the ​relationships between ​stakeholders, ​corporate decision ​makers, and their ​environments.
(Definition of ecology from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ecology”
in Korean 생태 환경…
in Arabic عِلْم البيئة…
in Malaysian ekologi…
in French écologie…
in Russian экология…
in Chinese (Traditional) (通常指一個特定區域的)生態, 生態學…
in Italian ecologia…
in Turkish çevrebilim, ekoloji…
in Polish ekologia…
in Spanish ecología…
in Vietnamese sinh thái…
in Portuguese ecologia…
in Thai นิเวศวิทยา, ระบบนิเวศ…
in German die Ökologie…
in Catalan ecologia…
in Japanese エコロジー, 生態学…
in Chinese (Simplified) (通常指一个特定区域的)生态, 生态学…
in Indonesian ekologi…
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