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noun environment pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvaɪrənmənt/ 
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pluralenvironments
  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 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.

      There is an environment of fear and intimidation throughout the organization.

      Parents are responsible for providing the right environment for their children to grow and learn in.

  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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