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American English: /ɪnˈvaɪrənmənt/
British English: /ɪnˈvʌɪrənm(ə)nt/
, /ɛnˈvʌɪrənm(ə)nt/


  • 1.1 (Ecology)the environment
    el medio ambiente
    the Department of the Environment (in UK)
    el Ministerio del Medio Ambiente
    la Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Ecología
    (en Méx)
    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.
    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.
    1.2 (surroundings) See examples: a hostile environment for man
    un medio hostil al hombre
    she's studying rabbits in their natural environment
    estudia a los conejos en su entorno or hábitat natural
    wild animals suffer in a zoo environment
    los animales salvajes sufren en el ambiente de un zoológico
    children need a stable home environment
    los niños necesitan un hogar estable

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