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Date: 1300-1400
Language: 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

climate

noun
     
Related topics: Meteorology, Geography
cli‧mate W3
1 [uncountable and countable] the typical weather conditions in a particular area:
Los Angeles' warm, dry climate
climate change (=a permanent change in weather conditions)
2 [countable] an area with particular weather conditions:
These flowers will not grow in cold climates.
3 [countable 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

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