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noun environment pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈvaɪrənmənt/environment pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈvaɪərnmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them
    We need to create a safe working environment for all of our employees.
    He grew up in a harsh urban environment.
    A dirty environment is a breeding ground for germs.
    1. a.
      the conditions and influences in which people carry on a particular activity
      In this competitive environment a business needs to be flexible.
      Parents are responsible for providing the right environment for their children to grow and learn in.
      There is an environment of fear and intimidation throughout the organization.
    2. b.
      the system that a computer or computer program operates in
      In a database environment, many applications share the same data.
  2. 2

    the environment

    the natural world, including the land, water, air, plants, and animals, especially considered as something that is affected by human activity
    Industrial development is causing widespread damage to the environment.


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