global

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

Essential Meaning of global

1 : involving the entire world the global economy global fame English is becoming a global language.
2 : involving all of something and especially a computer system, file, etc. The program allows users to do global searches through all the available data.

Full 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

Other Words from global

globally \ ˈglō-​bə-​lē How to pronounce global (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 These produced the global financial crisis and the market’s epic swoon starting in September 2008. Larry Light, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Domestic violence advocates have said the global health crisis has triggered a steep rise in violence between partners. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 1 Dec. 2021 Before the global health crisis, the Pentecostal ministry’s 50-some weekly attendees were about 60 percent Black and 40 percent White, according to Cummings’s estimates. Nora Edinger, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 At the same time, skyrocketing consumer demand for goods, a global supply chain crisis and labor shortages have fueled higher prices. NBC News, 30 Nov. 2021 Electronics, jewelry, apparel and even pet supplies top the list of products now in short supply because of the global supply chain crisis. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2021 The original plans to bring older 6000-series trains out of retirement to help fill in the service gaps have been delayed by the global supply chain crisis, which has prevented the arrival of necessary parts. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 California’s Port of Los Angeles is struggling to keep up with the crush of cargo containers arriving at its terminals, creating one of the biggest choke points in the global supply-chain crisis. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2021 The original plans to bring older 6000-series trains out of retirement to help fill in the service gaps have been delayed by the global supply chain crisis, which has prevented the arrival of necessary parts. Ashraf Khalil, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021

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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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5 Dec 2021

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“Global.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/global. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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 global (audio) \ adverb

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