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 climateb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of climate from the Web
Mr. Bannon, who was a powerful force behind Mr. Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accord, has recovered some of his influence in the wake of that debate.
That action is even more urgent now that climate change is causing ocean temperatures to rise while waters also become more acidic, causing widespread destruction of coral reefs that sustain a quarter of all marine species.
The accord included plans to reduce greenhouse emissions and pledged billions to combat climate change in the U.S. and developing countries.
Clearly that’s one of the greatest scientific research institutions in this country and perhaps the world, making really important progress on issues like climate change.
The U.S. had to demur and take a separate position on climate change, leaving a G-6 to recommit themselves to the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce global warming.
Most immediately, many global leaders are anxiously awaiting the president’s decision about whether to pull out of the landmark Paris accord to combat climate change.
The firms also note that reducing the effects of climate change mitigates business risk.
Climate change is a big problem, and in order to minimize its effects, big countries like the United States will have to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of climate
Middle English climat, from Medieval French, from Late Latin climat-, clima, from Greek klimat-, klima inclination, latitude, climate, from klinein to lean — more at lean
First Known Use: 1578
CLIMATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of climate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of climate for Students
: the average weather conditions of a place over a period of years
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