Meaning of “green” in the English Dictionary

"green" in English

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uk /ɡriːn/ us /ɡriːn/

green adjective (COLOUR)

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

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green adjective (POLITICAL)

B2 relating to the protection of the environment:

the Green Party
go green

to do more to protect nature and the environment:

The Chancellor proposed a crackdown on car and plane emissions, and the introduction of tax incentives to go green.

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noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡriːn.nəs/ us /ˈɡriːn.nəs/

the quality of being green:

What first struck her when she arrived in England was the greenness of the landscape.


uk /ɡriːn/ 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 area planted 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

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Greennoun [ C ]

uk /ɡriːn/ us /ɡriːn/

(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/

green adjective [ -er/-est only ] (OF PLANTS)

of or relating to grass, trees, and other plants:

I’d like a green salad (= made with leafy vegetables).

green adjective [ -er/-est only ] (POLITICAL)

relating to the protection of the environment:

green politics

green adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT READY)

not experienced or trained:

I was pretty green when I joined this company.

greennoun [ C ]

us /ɡrin/ regional US

green noun [ C ] (PLANTS)

an area planted 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 smooth grass surrounding a hole on a golf course.

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

"green" in Business English

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relating to or believing in the protection of the natural environment:

green issues/politics/solutions Small companies need green solutions to be more affordable.
Their recycling policies are very green.
a green campaigner/activist
Companies are becoming greener in response to customer expectations.
go green

to start doing things in a way that protects the natural environment:

There are many benefits for developers and builders who decide to go green.
My supermarket went green last year and has stopped supplying free plastic bags.

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

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