From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishatmosphereat‧mo‧sphere /ˈætməsfɪə $ -fɪr/ ●●● S3 W2 noun 1 FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETC[countable, uncountable] the feeling that an event or place gives you The hotel had a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The atmosphere at home was rather tense.atmosphere of An atmosphere of optimism dominated the conference.2 [uncountable] if a place or event has atmosphere, it is interesting The castle was centuries old and full of atmosphere. The match was lacking in atmosphere.3 the atmosphere4 [countable] the mixture of gases that surrounds a planet5 [countable usually singular]AIR the air inside a room a smoky atmosphereCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + atmospherea good atmosphereThe club has a good atmosphere.a happy/cheerful atmosphereIt's a good school and it has a very happy atmosphere.a relaxed/friendly/informal atmosphereHelen's flat has a very relaxed atmosphere.a carnival/festive atmosphere (=when people are celebrating something)Outside the stadium, there was a carnival atmosphere.a welcoming atmosphere (=when a place you arrive at feels friendly)The bar provides a welcoming atmosphere for a relaxing evening drink.a cosy atmosphere (=when a building, room etc is small, comfortable, and warm)With its low ceilings and open fire, the house has a cosy atmosphere. a bad atmosphereThere's a bad atmosphere among the staff.a strained/tense atmosphere (=not relaxed)As soon as I went in, I was aware of the tense atmosphere in the room.verbsthe atmosphere changesNew owners bought the hotel and the whole atmosphere changed.create a good/bad atmosphereLighting is one of the most effective ways of creating a good atmosphere.
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atmosphereWe're trying to create an atmosphere of trust between management and staff.Why does Venus have a hellish hothouse of an atmosphere and the Moon have no atmosphere at all?The new owners have tried to give the restaurant a more family-friendly atmosphere.the heated atmosphere of the House of CommonsDim lighting creates a relaxing atmosphere.Not so long ago he had been uncomfortable in the atmosphere of the seemingly unbridled physicality of Dunham dancing.The important differences were in the atmosphere.The wine mellowed the atmosphere between them, and Blanche felt less hurried than the week before to extract information from him.The colour although simple does give a feeling of the atmosphere and time of year.We can no longer treat the atmosphere above us like a dustbin, and the seas around us like a sewer.The atmosphere in the meeting was tense.The atmosphere on board the Confederate flagship, the ram Tennessee, was altogether different.atmosphere ofAn atmosphere of mistrust has slowed the peace talks.
Origin atmosphere (1600-1700) Modern Latin atmosphaera, from Greek atmos liquid in the air, vapor + Latin sphaera sphere