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Multiple Meanings
environment — as in:  chemical damages the environment

She made the environment the top concern in her speech and warned against spoiling the earth.
the natural world (air, water, land, life) — often used in reference to the impact of human technology
environment — as in:  conditions in that environment

Cactus survives in the harsh desert environment.
surrounding conditions (such as:)
  • conditions in a geographic area
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — such as business, learning, or raising children
  • conditions that create a certain mood — such as one of romance or competition
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program
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