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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Even after the global financial crisis of 2008, wage growth remained strong, thanks in part to the natural-resources boom. The Economist, "Australia has the world’s highest minimum wage," 20 July 2019 Analysis on the most important global story of the day, top reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know, in your inbox weekdays. Washington Post, "Sudanese protesters rally to condemn June crackdown," 19 July 2019 Flaring has been under attack from environmental and public health organizations as well as the World Bank, which is conducting a global campaign to stop flaring by 2030, contending pollutants from the practice lead to climate change. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Flaring fight is the hands of Texas oil and gas regulators," 19 July 2019 In investigating the source of this listlessness, the region's uneven recovery from the global financial crisis looms large. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Europe is sleepwalking its way to another lost decade," 18 July 2019 The Walk for Water is an event held by Water Mission to raise awareness of the global water crisis. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Founder of a Water Charity Dies in Accidental Drowning While on Vacation in the Bahamas," 18 July 2019 For the second quarter of 2019, Netflix had forecast a gain of 300,000 accounts in the U.S., a modest uptick in its 151 million global-subscriber base. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Netflix’s U.S. Subscriber Numbers Are Slipping," 18 July 2019 KitchenAid global product manager Kate Crow says a blender can also be used to create your own flours, including rice and oat. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "Puree, liquefy, crush: How to choose and use a blender," 18 July 2019 And a private one, for kindergartners to high schoolers, opened in September 2007 — just a year before the global financial crisis burst Spain’s property bubble. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "The 2008 Crash Made This Madrid Suburb a Ghost Town. Now It’s Coming Alive.," 12 July 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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