Essential Meaning of environment
1 : the conditions that surround someone or something : the conditions and influences that affect the growth, health, progress, etc., of someone or something He grew up in a loving environment. an informal office environment See More ExamplesWe're trying to create a better business/learning environment. These animals were raised in a controlled environment. Many plants are unable to survive in such a harsh/hostile environment. Heredity and environment are both important.
2 : the natural world Pollution is bad for the environment. protecting the (natural) environment
Full Definition of environment
1 : the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
2a : the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (such as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival
b : the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
3 : the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence
4 : a computer interface from which various tasks can be performed a programming environment
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