global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Definition of global

1a : of, relating to, or involving the entire world : worldwide a global system of communication global economic problems global warfare — see also global village, global warming
b : of or relating to a spherical celestial body (such as the moon) For the Moon, the early formation of global crust was accompanied and succeeded for several hundred million years by a massive influx of projectiles …— James W. Head
2 : of, relating to, or applying to a whole (such as a mathematical function or a computer program) : universal a global search of a file Global search and replace can be harnessed to make this correction throughout the file almost instantaneously.— Shay Addams
3 of a medical condition : being particularly severe or encompassing in nature : having or exhibiting a broad or nearly complete effect … West suffered a stroke that left him with global aphasia: an inability to produce words or to understand words spoken to him.— Alison McCulloch The two other cases presented with milder characteristics, displaying global developmental delay and seizures.The Albany (Georgia) Herald
4 : having the shape of a globe : spherical a global mass

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Other Words from global

globally \ ˈglō-​bə-​lē How to pronounce globally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of global in a Sentence

English is becoming a global language. The program allows users to do global searches through all the available data.

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Watch your words on the subject of appearance and presence; be wary of identifying playfully fictional metaphors amid such serious national and global crises. Washington Post, "Can we get past the idea that politics is a reality show? Not if CNN has anything to do with it.," 2 Aug. 2019 So, the thinking went, Trump would need to do something to prove to the Fed chief that those talks aren’t going well at all and that the global economy remains in grave danger. Los Angeles Times, "Stock traders face a brutal 72 hours, caught in a Trump-Powell squeeze," 2 Aug. 2019 Probably needs to be stated again: the president is increasing tariffs the day after the Fed Chair (whom the president chose) warned that tariffs represent the single biggest threat to the us and global economies. NBC News, "Rep. Will Hurd's surprise retirement is big, bad news for the GOP," 2 Aug. 2019 Federal Reserve to cut key rate by a quarter percentage point On Wednesday, the Fed is expected to slice its key rate by a quarter percentage point to head off a potential recession amid a slowing global economy and the U.S. trade war with China. Editors, USA TODAY, "Democratic presidential debate, MLB trade deadline: 5 things to know this Wednesday," 31 July 2019 One of the reasons philanthropists sometimes fail to measure what really matters is that the global political economy primarily seeks what is efficient and scalable. Wired, "Philanthropy and the Challenge of Quantifying Success," 30 July 2019 Founded in 2012, Wool & Tusk is a full-service music supervision and licensing company that has managed projects for hundreds of clients including national and global brands, agencies and cultural institutions. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Premier Music Group Acquires Music Supervision Firm Wool & Tusk," 29 July 2019 Ever since the women who claim they were abused by Harvey Weinstein went public with their accusations, taking the #MeToo movement global, abuses of power have been exposed. Tara O'reilly, refinery29.com, ""He's Older Than My Grandfather": Westminster's Sexual Harassment Scandal," 23 July 2019 Brecker is the Grammy-winning trumpet and flugelhorn player whose tastes get global: Brazilian, be-bop, big bands and more. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "The Litchfield Jazz Fest is this weekend, and it has a new indoor location. Here’s the lineup.," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of global

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for global

see globe entry 1

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global

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of global

: involving the entire world
: involving all of something and especially a computer system, file, etc.

global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Kids Definition of global

1 : in or having to do with the whole earth the global economy
2 : shaped like a globe

global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Medical Definition of global

1 : having the shape of a globe
2a : of, relating to, or involving the entire world global health conditions
b : of, relating to, or involving the globe of the eye global anesthesia in cataract surgery
3 of a medical condition : being particularly severe or encompassing in nature : having or exhibiting a broad or nearly complete effect … West suffered a stroke that left him with global aphasia: an inability to produce words or to understand words spoken to him.— Alison McCulloch
4a : being comprehensive, all-inclusive, or complete global obstetric care transient global amnesia Akinesia was global, although rigidity and dystonia were strikingly unilateral in distribution.— Oliver Sacks
b : of, relating to, or constituting an organic whole : organismic … the newer psychiatry seeks to understand in a global way the dynamic structure of the patient's personality …Psychological Abstracts

Other Words from global

globally \ -​bə-​lē How to pronounce globally (audio) \ adverb

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