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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Plus, a one-time treatment won’t cut it, says Jing Zhai, the research director of ecotoxicology and specialty products at global testing laboratory Eurofins, who has extensive experience with bed bugs. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 Bembien’s designs are inspired by classic coastal French and Italian style and the mission of the brand is to put the traditional weave of our artisans on the global market and in the public eye. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channel French Girl Chic With This Brand," 28 Mar. 2019 The ship is coming in empty and will load up on crude oil to bring to the global market. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Take the wife who spent her free time during her pending divorce in the wine cellar, steaming the labels off several hundred bottles from her husband’s prestigious collection, thereby rendering the collection worthless on the global wine market. Laura Wasser, Town & Country, "How Laura Wasser Handles Divorce," 8 Feb. 2019 After all, the global appeal of blonde makes good sense. Allure, "The Best Blonde Hair Color Ideas for Every Skin Tone," 25 Mar. 2019 The future of global positioning is uncertain, since space is changing so radically. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019 The global initiative has preserved 8.4 million hectares from 53 commonwealth nations. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 2019 All of this helps our placement within the greater global economy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Capitalism?," 7 Jan. 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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