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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The proposed new framework for state aid to the environment is very flexible with regard to the granting of aid to renewable energies.
I am pleased that the rapporteur seemed prepared to adopt a number of amendments concerning safety and the environment at an early stage.
We are all aware of the illiberal acts of these multinationals, which are destroying and corrupting both people and the environment.
The time has come to make those who engage in the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms legally responsible for damage to human health and the environment.
Throughout the whole of this exercise, we must take account of the interests of the consumers and the interests of the environment, and these are complicated tasks.
The economy has to be strong for us to be able to attend to the problems of our fellow-citizens and our environment.
I therefore think it is crucial for the environment that the ban on using poisonous heavy metals should be fully implemented and that we should not reduce manufacturers' liability.
In its unaltered form, the present directive could, in fact, have very unfortunate and long-term consequences for the environment and for our drinking water.
There was disagreement about whether statistics can also be produced for the marine environment, in other words, statistics on the status of fish stocks.
In practice, we have found that the regulatory environment has led to the use of ratings being absolutely essential, by banks, insurance companies, pension funds etc. which invest their money.