glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl \

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 \ 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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Finally, a new socially conscious teacher at Otter Bay, Michael Perkins, will cause drama when his lessons about global warning give Amabella panic attacks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Big Little Lies' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Of all the modern miracles enabled by spaceflight, global positioning satellites are among the most useful and ubiquitous. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 For the better part of 200 years, roughly between 1600 and 1800, Amsterdam was one of the greatest entrepôts on the face of the earth, a global megastore to which the spoils of empire were shipped and from which they were sold on again. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Venereal disease has long been an issue for militaries, but during World War II, the problem became bigger and more global. Phil Edwards, Vox, "The World War II battle against STDs," 21 Dec. 2018 Each market has its cultural quirks — Japanese drivers rarely use their personal phones when working — and Uber is trying to learn all the tricks of the global trade. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber rolls out new VoIP feature for riders and drivers to communicate through the app," 18 Oct. 2018 Sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in the global industry’s biggest market plunged 16 percent from a year ago to just under 2.2 million, an industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, reported Tuesday. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales fall in November for fifth month," 11 Dec. 2018 As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018 The top five oil companies in the CDP analysis are all from various countries in Europe, and European companies have bought about 70 percent of the entire global oil industry’s renewable capacity. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Oil Companies Are Barely Spending Any Money on Renewable Energy," 12 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of global

: involving the entire world

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


glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl \

Kids Definition of global

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


glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl \

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
3a : 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 personalityPsychological Abstracts

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globally \ -​bə-​lē \ adverb

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