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
Sparks could really ﬂy over the policy agenda of free trade, climate change and migration put forward by the German host.
The League of Women Voters holds a position supporting a healthy business climate in Winnetka.
In March, Donald Trump ordered a review of the rule’s legality in his omnibus executive order on climate change.
The culturally conservative party has vetoed same-sex marriage legislation, opposes making abortion legal, and its members deny climate change and have supported the teaching of creationism.
Add to this process the wild card of climate change.
FW: White bird-of-paradise brings vegetation that has a gorgeous shape to it, and can work in multiple environments and climates.
Earlier this month, David Rank, who had headed the embassy’s work as chargé d’affaires since the departure of former Ambassador Max Baucus, resigned over the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
Two of the other, smaller headlines on the cover—promoting stories on President Barack Obama, the financial crisis, and climate change—actually appeared on the cover of a real March 2, 2009 issue.
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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.
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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