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Meaning of “green” in the English Dictionary

"green" in British English

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greenadjective

uk   us   /ɡriːn/
  • green adjective (COLOUR)

A1 of a ​colour between ​blue and ​yellow; of the ​colour of ​grass: green ​vegetables

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  • green adjective (POLITICAL)

B2 relating to the ​protection of the ​environment: green ​politics/​issues a green ​campaigner/​activist the Green Partygo green to do more to ​protectnature and the ​environment: The Chancellor ​proposed a ​crackdown on ​car and ​plane emissions, and the ​introduction of ​taxincentives to go green.

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  • green adjective (NOT READY)

(​especially of ​fruit) not ​ready to ​eat, or (of ​wood) not ​dry enough to use: green ​bananas/​tomatoes
greenness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈɡriːn.nəs/
the ​quality of being green: What first ​struck her when she ​arrived in ​England was the greenness of the ​landscape.

greennoun

uk   us   /ɡriːn/
  • green noun (COLOUR)

A2 [C or U] the ​colour of ​grass; a ​colour between ​blue and ​yellow: light/​pale green dark/​bottle green

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  • green noun (GRASS)

[C] an ​areaplanted with ​grass, ​especially for use by the ​public: Children were ​playing on the village green. [C] mainly UK used as a ​part of a ​name: Sheep's Green [C] a ​flatarea of ​grasssurrounding the ​hole on a golfcourse

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Greennoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡriːn/
a ​member of the Green Party: He used to be a Liberal, but now he's a Green.
(Definition of green from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"green" in American English

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greenadjective, noun [C/U]

 us   /ɡrin/
  • green adjective, noun [C/U] (COLOR)

(of) the ​color that is a ​mixture of ​blue and ​yellow; the ​color of ​grass: a green ​dress [C] I don’t like that green.

greenadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ɡrin/
of or ​relating to ​grass, ​trees, and other ​plants: I’d like a green ​salad (= made with ​leafyvegetables).
relating to the ​protection of the ​environment: green ​politics
not ​experienced or ​trained: I was ​pretty green when I ​joined this ​company.

greennoun [C]

 us   /ɡrin/ regional US
  • green noun [C] (PLANTS)

an ​areaplanted with ​grass, esp. for use by the ​public: The ​fair will be ​held on the green behind the ​library. A green is also an ​area of ​smoothgrasssurrounding a ​hole on a ​golfcourse.
(Definition of green from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"green" in Business English

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greenadjective

uk   us   /ɡriːn/ ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
relating to or believing in the ​protection of the ​naturalenvironment: green issues/politics/solutions Small ​companies need green ​solutions to be more ​affordable. Car ​manufacturers are ​investing in green ​technology. Their ​recyclingpolicies are very green. a green campaigner/activist Companies are becoming greener in ​response to ​customerexpectations.
go green to ​start doing things in a way that ​protects the ​naturalenvironment: There are many ​benefits for ​developers and ​builders who decide to go green. My ​supermarket went green last ​year and has ​stoppedsupplyingfreeplastic bags.
(Definition of green from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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