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"atmosphere" in American English

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atmospherenoun

 us   /ˈæt·məˌsfɪər/
  • atmosphere noun (AIR)

earth science [C usually sing] the mixture of gases that surrounds some planets, such as the earth; the air
  • atmosphere noun (MEASUREMENT)

science [C] a unit for measuring pressure
  • atmosphere noun (CHARACTER)

[U] the character or mood of a place or situation: The club provided a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for its members.
literature [U] Atmosphere is also the mood or feeling produced by a work of literature.
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atmospherenoun

uk   /ˈæt.mə.sfɪər/  us   /ˈæt.mə.sfɪr/
  • atmosphere noun (AIR)

the atmosphere B2 [S]
the mixture of gases around the earth: These factories are releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere.
[C] a mixture of gases that surrounds any planet: the search for planets with a breathable atmosphere
B2 [S] the air that you breathe in a place: The atmosphere in the room was so stuffy I could hardly breathe. A few plants in an office will improve the atmosphere.
  • atmosphere noun (MOOD)

B1 [S] the character, feeling, or mood of a place or situation: There's a very relaxed atmosphere in our office. There has been an atmosphere of gloom in the factory since it was announced that it would be closing.
[U] approving a feeling that a place has of being pleasant and interesting or exciting: You want a restaurant that serves good food but has a little atmosphere too. He put on some soft music and turned the lights down in order to give the room a little more atmosphere.

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