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environment

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noun en·vi·ron·ment \in-ˈvī-rə(n)-mənt, -ˈvī(-ə)r(n)-\

Simple Definition of environment

  • : the conditions that surround someone or something : the conditions and influences that affect the growth, health, progress, etc., of someone or something

  • the environment : the natural world

Full Definition of environment

  1. 1 :  the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded

  2. 2 a :  the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival b :  the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community

  3. 3 :  the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence

  4. 4 :  a computer interface from which various tasks can be performed <a programming environment>

en·vi·ron·men·tal play \-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-təl, -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)-\ adjective
en·vi·ron·men·tal·ly play \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of environment

  1. He grew up in a loving environment.

  2. We're trying to create a better business environment.

  3. These animals were raised in a controlled environment.

  4. Many plants are unable to survive in such a harsh environment.

  5. Heredity and environment are both important.

  6. Pollution is bad for the environment.



1827

First Known Use of environment

1827

Synonym Discussion of environment

background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development <the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots>. setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms <a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting>. environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development <the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents>. milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons <an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation>. mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect <a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène>.

Medical Dictionary

environment

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noun en·vi·ron·ment \in-ˈvī-rən-mənt, -ˈvī(-ə)rn-\

Medical Definition of environment

  1. 1:  the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival

  2. 2:  the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community

  3. en·vi·ron·men·tal \-ˌvī-rən-ˈment-əl, -ˌvī(-ə)rn-\play adjective
    en·vi·ron·men·tal·ly \-əl-ē\play adverb






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