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 Dictionary entry overview: What does environment mean? 

  The noun ENVIRONMENT has 2 senses:

1. the totality of surrounding conditions
2. the area in which something exists or lives

  Familiarity information: ENVIRONMENT used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1environment [BACK TO TOP]


The totality of surrounding conditions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room

Hypernyms ("environment" is a kind of...):

situation; state of affairs (the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "environment"):

area; arena; domain; field; orbit; sphere (a particular environment or walk of life)

milieu; surroundings (the environmental condition)

home (an environment offering affection and security)

background; scope; setting (the state of the environment in which a situation exists)

ecology (the environment as it relates to living organisms)

circumstance; context (the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event)

street (the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction)

Sense 2environment [BACK TO TOP]


The area in which something exists or lives

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


environs; surround; environment; surroundings

Context example:

the country--the flat agricultural surround

Hypernyms ("environment" is a kind of...):

geographic area; geographic region; geographical area; geographical region (a demarcated area of the Earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "environment"):

ambiance; ambience (the atmosphere of an environment)

parts (the local environment)

melting pot (an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated)

habitat; home ground (the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs)

element (the most favorable environment for a plant or animal)

scene; setting (the context and environment in which something is set)

medium (the surrounding environment)

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