environment

noun
1 conditions of the place where you are
ADJECTIVE
immediate

Cold-blooded animals depend on the temperature of their immediate environment.

external
alien, new, unfamiliar
natural

marine life in its natural environment

changing, ever-changing (esp. AmE)
comfortable, protected, safe, secure, stable
friendly, supportive
hospitable, pleasant
clean, healthy
stimulating
favourable/favorable, ideal

This period provided an ideal environment for the spread of communism.

uncertain, unstable
dangerous
noisy
competitive
stressful
extreme, harsh, hostile
fragile

Walkers can unwittingly damage the fragile environment in which the birds live.

built, urban

the quality of our natural and built environments

rural
cold, warm
aquatic, coastal, forest, marine, mountain
domestic, family, home

Children learn best in their home environment.

physical
cultural, emotional, social
office, work, working, workplace

A comfortable working environment will increase productivity.

online
classroom, educational, learning, school, teaching, training
economic, financial

Investors are showing more caution in the current economic environment.

political
business, commercial, corporate

She now had to transfer her design skills to a commercial environment.

professional
VERB + ENVIRONMENT
create, foster, provide

parents who strive to provide a stimulating environment for their children to grow up in

adapt to

creatures that have adapted to hostile desert environments

alter, change
shape
improve
explore

The cat walked around, exploring its new environment.

control
PREPOSITION
in an/the environment

people working in increasingly competitive environments

environment for

an environment for economic growth

environment of

an environment of fear

PHRASES
an environment conducive to sth

The hospital architect tries to create an environment conducive to healing.

today's environment

In today's competitive business environment, companies focus on minimizing costs.

2 the environment the natural world
ADJECTIVE
natural
global, world
local
VERB + THE ENVIRONMENT
preserve, protect, safeguard, save

The government should do more to protect the environment.

clean up, improve
affect, have an impact on, impact (AmE)

factors that have a huge impact on the environment

damage, harm, pollute

industries which damage the environment

threaten
ENVIRONMENT + NOUN
agency, committee, department, group (all esp. BrE)
chief (BrE), minister (esp. BrE)
spokesman, spokeswoman (both BrE)
correspondent, editor (both BrE)
policy (esp. BrE)
protection (esp. BrE)
issues
PREPOSITION
in the environment

the amount of carbon in the environment

PHRASES
conservation of the environment, protection of the environment
damage to the environment

farming methods that minimize damage to the environment

harmful to the environment

The label identifies the products that are least harmful to the environment.

pollution of the environment

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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