climate

climate
cli|mate
W3 [ˈklaımıt] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: climat, from Late Latin clima, from Greek klima 'angle, latitude, climate', from klinein 'to lean'; because the weather depends on the angle of the sun to the earth]
1.) [U and C]
the typical weather conditions in a particular area
Los Angeles' warm, dry climate
climate change (=a permanent change in weather conditions)
2.)
an area with particular weather conditions
These flowers will not grow in cold climates.
3.) [C usually singular]
the general feeling or situation in a place at a particular time
political/economic/social etc climate
Small businesses are finding it hard to survive in the present economic climate.
climate of
a climate of growing racial intolerance in large cities

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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