verb (used with object), at·mos·phered, at·mos·pher·ing.
Related formsat·mos·phere·less, adjective
The earliest sense, from the mid-1600s, is found in early scientific writing, referring to “the gaseous envelope surrounding a heavenly body.” Figurative senses developed later: first “a surrounding or pervading mood,” referring to mental or psychological environment, in the late 1700s, and then, “a distinctive quality, as of a place; character,” referring to physical environment.
Examples from the Web for atmosphere
The atmosphere on campuses has gotten repressive enough that comedian Chris Rock no longer plays colleges.
There is a long history of official anti-clericalism in Mexico, but the atmosphere in Tierra Caliente goes far beyond that.
However, several probes—most recently the Curiosity rover—have measured methane in the Martian atmosphere.
Over a decade, his teaching often took place in an atmosphere of what one cadet called “wanton disrespect.”
Without it in the atmosphere, the Earth would be a barren, frozen wasteland.
This clears the atmosphere, so to speak, and we know who were after.The Motor Boys on the Wing|Clarence Young
There was nothing in the state of the atmosphere to attract special attention.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
Mountains help to cause movement and change in the atmosphere.The Story of the Hills|H. N. Hutchinson
The atmosphere of an arbitrary regime engenders almost always "demonomania."Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
I apologised for my intrusion; but the atmosphere of the place was not genial.The Charm of Ireland|Burton Egbert Stevenson