cli·​mate | \ ˈklī-mət How to pronounce climate (audio) \

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 state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a statement asking homeowners for their help in tackling the species, which are not native to Florida but thrive in its climate. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Invasive iguanas are wreaking havoc in Florida. Now authorities are urging locals to kill them.," 3 July 2019 It was chosen for both its security and cool climate, as Keynes begged not to be subjected to a blistering Washington, D.C., summer. Richard Hurowitz, Time, "What We Can Learn Today From a 1944 Meeting That Reshaped the Entire Global Economy," 1 July 2019 Beginning in the late 1800s, Alpine also became known for its curative climate, attracting people with respiratory problems to an increasing number of resorts in area. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alpine: At 2,000 feet, the gateway to San Diego’s backcountry," 30 June 2019 With our climate becoming warmer, there might be multiple surviving queens producing more than 20,000 eggs each. Mariel Padilla,, "Officials warn of wasp ‘super nests’ in Alabama," 30 June 2019 Each cube of ice became a precious commodity in our hot, humid Southern climate. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "An icy lesson of contentment," 18 June 2019 That could happen through a force beyond our control, like the asteroid that seems to have annihilated the dinosaurs, or by our own folly, through nuclear war or drastic derangement of our climate. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 The very first scene, in fact, opens with MIB agents wresting possession of a convoy of undocumented migrants from border patrol, a scene that reads very differently in our current climate. Anne Cohen,, "Even Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth Can't Make MIB: International Memorable," 13 June 2019 With its mild, moist climate and rich soil, Oregon has a long history of pot growing, but a limited market. Andrew Selsky,, "Where will all that legal pot come from? Oregon hopes to be an interstate marijuana supplier.," 12 June 2019

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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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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


cli·​mate | \ ˈklī-mət How to pronounce climate (audio) \

Kids Definition of climate

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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