Meaning of “environment” in the English Dictionary

"environment" in English

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environmentnoun

uk /ɪnˈvaɪ.rən.mənt/ us /ɪnˈvaɪ.rən.mənt/

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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(Definition of “environment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"environment" in American English

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environmentnoun

us /ɪnˈvɑɪ·rən·mənt, -ˈvɑɪ·ərn-/

environment noun (NATURE)

earth science [ U ] the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live:

We’re trying to protect the environment from pollution.

environment noun (SURROUNDINGS)

[ C ] the conditions that you live or work in and the way that they influence how you feel or how effectively you can work:

a good business environment
For preschoolers, the most stimulating environments are bright, airy, and offer daily outdoor activities.

(Definition of “environment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"environment" in Business English

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environmentnoun

uk /ɪnˈvaɪərənmənt/ us
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.

(Definition of “environment” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Unless the energy dimension, and those of development and the environment are addressed appropriately at the same time we will really make very little progress.
I would especially mention, among other things, energy, trade and investments, justice and internal affairs, legislative rapprochement, the environment, transport and regional and cross-border cooperation.
Turning to the question of global challenges, for example, the environment, justice, migration, social and ethnic conflicts, clearly the report card on our co-operation is mixed.
Averages are not an adequate solution when just the right amount is crucial from the point of view of the consumer and the environment.
We are now making reasonable technical progress so that the use of detergents might constitute as small a burden on the environment as possible.
I would point out to you that organochlorines are substances which generally give rise to problems regarding the environment and even health.
Our ambition in today's world is to put an end to war, to the reign of terror, to threats to man and his environment, by creating rules of global intergovernmentalism.
In practice little has been achieved when it comes to infrastructure, transport, environment, urban and rural development, fishing, enterprise policy, the information society, research, technological development, training and in-service training.
The economic and environment benefits are obvious.
Firstly, biofuels help to reduce over-dependence on oil-based fuels, which is a cause for concern as regards both the environment and security of supply.