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environment Syllabification: en·vi·ron·ment
Pronunciation: /inˈvīrənmənt/

Definition of environment in English:


1The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
Example sentences
  • I lived in hostile environments, surrounded by religious bigotry where no one understood me.
  • As one might expect, the environments in which farm animals are confined can also be significantly contaminated.
  • They have no respect for their environment, their surroundings and their neighbours.
habitat, territory, domain;
surroundings, environs, conditions
1.1 [usually with modifier] The setting or conditions in which a particular activity is carried on: a good learning environment
More example sentences
  • It is all the more heartening when one considers that the learning environment is less than ideal.
  • Some fantastic things are happening in terms of learning in the workplace environment.
  • The fault may lie in domestic or school environments where negative situations may have arisen.
situation, setting, milieu, background, backdrop, scene, location;
context, framework;
sphere, world, realm;
ambience, atmosphere
1.2 [with modifier] Computing The overall structure within which a user, computer, or program operates: a desktop development environment
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  • On a side note, only one of the two real-time environments may be loaded at any one time.
  • Be sure you can recover your system before you start configuring these environment variables.
  • The install is not complete until a couple of environment variables are configured.
2 (the environment) The natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.
Example sentences
  • I am involved in creating pesticides that are better for both humans and the environment.
  • So much sewage being pumped into the Thames is bad for the environment, bad for human health and bad for the image of the Thames.
  • Education and the environment are the key areas of interest for the bank, worldwide.
the natural world, nature, the earth, the planet, the ecosystem, the biosphere, Mother Nature;
wildlife, flora and fauna, the countryside

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