environment en‧vi‧ron‧ment [ɪnˈvaɪərənmənt ǁ -ˈvaɪr-] noun [countable]
1. the environment the air, water, and land in which people, animals, and plants live:

• Since these chemicals were banned, pesticide levels in the environment have been declining.

2. the general conditions that influence something:

• Moving forward in a changing environment is never easy.

• In the new global business environment the exchange of information is the key to success.

• The new company will be operating in a competitive environment.

• The results were in line with what we expected, in spite of the difficult economic environment.

• Despite the poor retail environment, the company is doing well.

3. COMPUTING the kind of operating system used by a computer:

• the Windows environment

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environment UK US /ɪnˈvaɪərənmənt/ noun
the environment — Cf. the environment
See Note GREEN(Cf. ↑green)
[C] the conditions that people live, work, or spend time in and the way that they influence how they feel, behave, or work: business/commercial/retail environment »

In a fast-paced, changing business environment, making sure employees have the right guidance can be critical.

office/workplace environment »

After working freelance for some time, I wasn't sure whether I would fit well in an office environment.


a learning/working environment


a friendly/pleasant environment

[C] IT the system in which a computer or computer program operates: »

The company develops large-scale, fully-integrated, multimedia software environments for telephone company networks and cable TV systems.

See also MARKETING ENVIRONMENT(Cf. ↑marketing environment)

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