glob·al | \ˈglō-bəl \

Definition of global 

1 : spherical

2 : of, relating to, or involving the entire world : worldwide a global system of communication also : of or relating to a celestial body (such as the moon)

3 : of, relating to, or applying to a whole (such as a mathematical function or a computer program) : universal a global search of a file

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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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Kids who take up baseball or softball as well as anyone remodeling their kitchen, dealing with a flat bicycle tire or getting a dog could be caught in the crosshairs of the Trump administration’s latest salvo in the global trade war. Mary Ellen Podmolik,, "20 products you buy that could be hit with tariffs," 12 July 2018 Earlier, the European Union’s executive arm downgraded its economic growth forecasts amid fears of a global trade war. Washington Post, "Trade war fears a clear concern of European bank officials," 12 July 2018 The condiment was originally on the list of U.S. goods that would see higher import taxes as part of a burgeoning global trade war, however it was dropped just before July 1, when the tariffs went into effect. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Canada Gives Mustard a Reprieve in Retaliatory Trade War," 11 July 2018 President Trump has kicked his global trade war up a notch, targeting another 1,000 plus Chinese products this week. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 The automakers’ initiative coincides with new proposals reportedly being considered by EU officials to stave off a worsening global trade war. Oliver Sachgau,, "German carmakers seek to defuse Trump threat on auto imports," 5 July 2018 The assassination sparked World War I. One month later, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, beginning what would become a global war lasting more than four years, when friendly nations on both sides joined the conflict., "June 29, 1914: Student assassinates Austrian heir," 29 June 2018 All differ with Trump on his trade policy, warning that tariffs and the initial stages of a global trade war will harm the state’s economy. James Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Democratic candidates in close race for governor nomination," 26 June 2018 The global blockchain market is expected to grow by about 43 percent between 2017 and 2022, resulting in nearly $14 billion in revenue, according to a March report by Netscribes. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 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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