Meaning of “environmental” in the English Dictionary

"environmental" in British English

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environmentaladjective

uk /ɪnˌvaɪ.rənˈmen.təl/ us /ɪnˌvaɪ.rənˈmen.t̬əl/

B1 relating to the environment:

People are becoming far more aware of environmental issues.

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  • Media attention has shifted recently onto environmental issues.
  • The government is facing pressure from environmental campaigners.
  • The manifesto includes tough measures to tackle road congestion and environmental pollution.
  • Indeed, it could be the worst environmental disaster in Europe this century.
  • We will be speaking to a spokeswoman for the environmental group Greenpeace.
environmentally
adverb uk /ɪnˌvaɪ.rənˈmen.təl.i/ us /ɪnˌvaɪ.rənˈmen.t̬əl.i/

B2

environmentally damaging chemicals
industries that work in an environmentally responsible way
environmentally sensitive areas

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

"environmental" in American English

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environmentaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪnˌvɑɪ·rənˈmen·təl, -ˌvɑɪ·ərn-/

earth science relating to the environment in which people, animals, and plants live:

We’re here to discuss environmental issues.
environmentally
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪnˌvɑɪ·rənˈmen·təl·i, -ˌvɑɪ·ərn-/

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

"environmental" in Business English

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environmentaladjective

uk /ɪnˌvaɪərənˈmentəl/ us

ENVIRONMENT relating to the environment:

Environmental laws are forcing American automakers to take electric alternatives to gas engines seriously.
environmental damage/harm/pollution The environmental damage from the oil spill took at least two years to repair.
environmental challenges/concerns/issues
environmental effect/impact He's concerned about the environmental effects of genetically modified foods.
environmental science/technology
A cargo ship carrying toxic waste dumped its load, creating an environmental disaster that resulted in the deaths of 10 people.
The oil giant has already spent some $3 billion on environmental cleanup.
Businesses have a major role in environmental protection.
environmentally
adverb /ɪnˌvaɪrəˈmentəli/ /-ˌvaɪrəˈmenṱəl-/

It's generally understood that large hydro plants are environmentally damaging.

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