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Definition of climate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the regular pattern of weather conditions of a particular place a mild/temperate/warm/wet climate the harsh climate of the Arctic regions
  2. 2[countable] an area with particular weather conditions They wanted to move to a warmer climate.
  3. 3[countable] a general attitude or feeling; an atmosphere or a situation that exists in a particular place the present political climate the current climate of opinion (= what people generally are thinking about a particular issue) a climate of suspicion/violence We need to create a climate in which business can prosper.
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