Think of the environment as everything that is around you. A quiet room with good lighting and no distractions is a good environment for doing homework, or at least that's what your parents and teachers think.

Environment generally refers to your surroundings. If something is good for the environment, it is beneficial to the complex system of plant and animal life, water and air on Earth. An environment need not be so large, however. The environment of your living room means the tables, chairs and decor that are in the room. Sometimes it refers to the general attitude of a place. Do you thrive in a competitive environment or prefer an atmosphere of cooperation?

Definitions of environment

n the totality of surrounding conditions

“he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room”
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circumstance, context, setting
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
the environment as it relates to living organisms
background, scope, setting
the state of the environment in which a situation exists
an environment offering affection and security
milieu, surroundings
the environmental condition
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life
the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction
the set of circumstances that affect someone's welfare
the prevailing context that influences the performance or the outcome of a process
canvas, canvass
the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
the sphere of work by women
a sphere of activity involving effort
kingdom, land, realm
a domain in which something is dominant
an area of control or responsibility
political arena, political sphere
a sphere of intense political activity
a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone
province, responsibility
the proper sphere or extent of your activities
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a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect
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situation, state of affairs
the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

n the area in which something exists or lives

environs, surround, surroundings
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ambiance, ambience
the atmosphere of an environment
the surrounding environment
scene, setting
the context and environment in which something is set
the most favorable environment for a plant or animal
habitat, home ground
the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
melting pot
an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
the local environment
a setting for a work of art or literature
the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
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geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

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