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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Recent Examples on the Web

The context is a profoundly impoverished intellectual and political climate where the feeling of truth is more meaningful than truth itself. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 With a changing climate that could cause Chicagoans to flock to the beach more to escape the heat, Angel recommends the city take into account weather forecasts when adjusting lifeguards’ hours. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 There are two saisons in the opening lineup, an interesting decision in a climate where IPAs from hazy to super dry are all the rage. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 July 2018 The commission said Delashaw had intimidated subordinates by yelling and swearing at them, creating a climate where staff members were reluctant to ask the type of questions needed to properly care for patients. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Former Swedish surgeon Johnny Delashaw gets his license back, with restrictions," 10 July 2018 Escalating tensions with the U.S. exacerbated growing concerns about the fallout from a slowing Chinese economy, fueling a climate of uncertainty. Ian Mount, Fortune, "Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi’s Monster IPO Flops on Its First Day of Trading," 9 July 2018 Turkey is siphoning off an ever-growing share of the Tigris and Euphrates to feed its growing population in a warming climate. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire," 5 July 2018 It’s to create a political climate that permits government to function. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Having a stable axial tilt means that the planet likely has both a stable climate and changing seasons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Exoplanet Has a Stable Axis Just Like Earth," 29 June 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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