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.
Recent Examples on the Web Your membership supports a team of global Quartz journalists reporting on the forces shaping our world. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Don’t dress for comfort when working from home—dress for joy," 20 Sep. 2020 The concept of herd immunity is at the heart of global vaccination efforts and discussions about next steps in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and bringing back economies. Brianna Abbott And Jason Douglas, WSJ, "What It Would Take for Herd Immunity to Stop the Coronavirus Pandemic," 20 Sep. 2020 But there is still a vital need for national efforts to shorten global supply chains for food and energy. Parag Khanna, Wired, "Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities," 20 Sep. 2020 Details of the company’s plan can’t be revealed yet because negotiations with the city are ongoing, said Troy Hagen, the chief commercial officer for Falck USA, the global company’s American subsidiary. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New San Diego ambulance provider predicts better staffing, response times," 20 Sep. 2020 The sale of wild animals does present health risks — though experts caution against a global ban — but wet markets rarely sell wildlife at all. Sam Sontag, TheWeek, "Wet markets are essential to Thai cooking. So why are they disappearing?," 20 Sep. 2020 Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who show dedication to the principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for Sept. 20, 2020," 20 Sep. 2020 That’s because global sales of bubbly shrank by 30% in the first six months of 2020. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "Wildfires, trade wars, COVID-19: The 2020 global wine harvest may go down as the most challenging yet," 20 Sep. 2020 Although globe-trotting professionals are a fixture of global metropolises, Singapore's government faces the challenge of also managing a sovereign state that makes demands such as military conscription for male citizens. Washington Post, "Singapore — a poster child for globalism — is taking a nativist turn," 20 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of global was in 1637

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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Global.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/global. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for global

global

adjective
How to pronounce global (audio)

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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