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noun     environment pronunciation in American English
/ɪnˈvaɪrənmənt/    environment pronunciation in American English
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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
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