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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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On average, nearly three homeless people are dying every day — setting L.A. County on a record-setting pace to exceed 1,000 deaths this year, far higher than in the harsher climes of New York City. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Living on the streets, dying on the streets," 5 Sep. 2019 Localized stone-fruit seasons are short, typically a month or so (ours is closing up shop), after which stone fruits must be trucked in from other climes enjoying their time in the sun. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Stone fruits: Everything you need to know," 7 Aug. 2019 The cool climes brought the colonizers relief, and the bracing mountain air was just the ticket for the injured, infirm and those suffering from tropical maladies. Payal Dhar, Washington Post, "Keep your cool in India by visiting one of the country’s hill stations," 5 July 2019 Hardly a week goes by that somebody doesn’t send me an email inviting me to leave Alabama or America altogether, often for warmer climes. al, "When they tell you to leave, you’re winning," 27 July 2019 Also from the foggy climes of Riverdale, Madchen Amick, who portrays unhinged mother turned FBI informant (!) Alice Cooper, shared an Instagram post, both celebrating their return to work and paying special tribute to their late co-star Luke Perry. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "See your favorite stars go back to work as TV shows return to production," 8 July 2019 That sounds downright pleasant to residents of cooler climes and does not capture the lethal menace of the weather phenomenon. M.d., The Economist, "What is a heatwave?," 28 June 2019 Illinois Democrats are now trying to kill the state’s constitutional flat income-tax rate, and Connecticut is raising taxes again, as taxpayers flee to lower-tax climes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Nevada Embraces Public Unions," 20 June 2019 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

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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