climate

noun
cli·​mate | \ ˈklī-mət \

Definition of climate

1 : a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions His physician advised moving to a warmer climate.
2a : the average course or condition of the weather at a place usually over a period of years as exhibited by temperature, wind velocity, and precipitation a healthful climate a warm, humid climate
b : the prevailing set of conditions (as of temperature and humidity) indoors a climate-controlled office
3 : the prevailing influence or environmental conditions characterizing a group or period : atmosphere a climate of fear a climate of suspicion the cultural climate of the 1960s

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Did You Know?

If you stand at the equator, the celestial poles (the points in the sky directly above the North and South poles) lie on the horizon. As you move northward, the northern celestial pole gradually rises above the horizon, so the sky is in effect tilted. The ancient Greeks called this tilt klima, literally “slope,” “inclination.” Because the angle is determined by your latitude, klima came to mean “latitude,” and the earth was divided into seven latitudinal regions, called klimata. The word came into modern European languages as clime or climate, and the weather of a region was also called climate.

Examples of climate in a Sentence

living in a cold climate These trees only grow in humid climates. The country's climate is ideal for growing grapes. the humid climate of Malaysia A climate of fear prevails in the city. the country's changing economic climate The company is trying to develop a positive climate for innovation.
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Perhaps Democrats could stand to be more afraid of, for example, climate change than a mean tweet. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Teach Democrats How to Do Twitter," 17 Jan. 2019 Rising sea levels are perhaps the greatest long-term threat posed by climate change. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Oceans Have Absorbed an Unfathomable Amount of Energy Due to Climate Change," 11 Jan. 2019 Unlike previous proposed international climate agreements, there’s no penalty or enforcement mechanism for breaching greenhouse gas targets. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 The administration has also rolled back much of Obama’s environmental protections surrounding vehicle emissions and clean energy, and has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline, says government cannot ignore ‘inconvenient’ facts," 9 Nov. 2018 Trump threw cold water on the love fest by pulling out of the Paris climate agreement and a nuclear accord with Iran, two initiatives the Obama administration signed onto in 2015 and Macron strongly backs. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 In 2015 the Paris climate agreement set limits on emissions of the gas to prevent global temperatures rising by more than two degrees Celsius above those of pre-industrial times. The Economist, "Shortages of carbon dioxide in Europe may get worse," 5 July 2018 Marchers also hit the pavement in Washington to protest climate change and in Texas to protest the Trump administration’s family-separation immigration policy. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 Even with a population that has built in survival strategies, climate change things significantly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female," 27 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'climate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of climate

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for climate

Middle English climat, from Middle French, from Late Latin climat-, clima, from Greek klimat-, klima inclination, latitude, climate, from klinein to lean — more at lean

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climate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of climate

: a region with particular weather patterns or conditions

: the usual weather conditions in a particular place or region

: the usual or most widespread mood or conditions in a place

climate

noun
cli·​mate | \ ˈklī-mət \

Kids Definition of climate

: the average weather conditions of a place over a period of years

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