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Definition of clime

: climate traveled to warmer climes

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Examples of clime in a Sentence

a nonconformist who left his jerkwater hometown for the more welcoming clime of the big city

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My Parents is the story of how Hemon’s mother and father fled wartime Sarajevo to settle, never quite comfortably, in the frigid climes of Ontario, Canada. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 Neanderthals and Denisovans — our extinct sister species — also branched out to colder climes and possibly higher elevations, but neither came close to matching the geographic breadth of our species. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "The World Is Our Niche," 3 June 2019 The outdoor pool is a nice spot for a dose of Vitamin D (especially for those escaping snowy climes this season) and the saloon is the perfect place to start, or end, your evening. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019 In a longstanding trend, as documented by moving company United Van Lines, people have been choosing to relocate from the snowy Northeast and Midwest for sunnier climes. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Vermont Is the New Florida," 6 Jan. 2019 Per People, Harry was welcomed by service members who have to learn to deal with cold climes 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Spent Valentine's Day in an Igloo Decorated with His Wedding Photos," 16 Feb. 2019 Suburbs in the New York area and California have recently watched companies decamp for cheaper climes despite their talented workforces, easy access to cities and ample amenities. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "How Arlington Lured Amazon With Low Costs," 14 Dec. 2018 When winter’s frigid winds prevail, most of us can be firmly divided into two distinct camps: those who rejoice, and those who’d prefer to hightail it to warmer climes. Vogue, "Day 12: Embrace the Cold," 12 Nov. 2018 The precipitating event for these changes, the new study finds, is that floating ice is no longer being supplied as regularly to the Barents Sea region from higher Arctic climes. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "A huge stretch of the Arctic Ocean is turning into the Atlantic right before our eyes," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of clime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clime

Late Latin clima

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English Language Learners Definition of clime

literary : a climate : a place with a particular climate


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