Climate Definition

klīmĭt
noun
The prevailing or average weather conditions of a place, as determined by the temperature and meteorological changes over a period of years.
Webster's New World
The prevailing or average indoor temperature, humidity, etc., as of a room or building.
Webster's New World
Any prevailing conditions affecting life, activity, etc.
A favorable climate of opinion.
Webster's New World
A region with certain prevailing weather conditions.
To move to a warmer climate.
Webster's New World
(figuratively) The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.
Industries that require a lot of fossil fuels are unlikely to be popular in the current political climate.
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verb

(poetic, obsolete) To dwell.

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Synonyms:
acclimatize

Other Word Forms of Climate

Noun

Singular:
climate
Plural:
climates

Origin of Climate

  • From French climat, from Latin clima, from Ancient Greek κλίμα (klima, “inclination”), from κλίνω (klinō, “to slope, incline”) (from which also cline), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English climat from Old French from Late Latin clima climat- from Greek klima surface of the earth, region klei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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