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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The documentary explores the influential work of stylist Misa Hylton (a global creative partner of MCM), who put together a number of cult favorite looks for Lil' Kim, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Missy Elliot, Foxy Brown and more. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This New Documentary Explores the Pioneers of Hip-Hop Fashion," 8 May 2019 The actress has inked a contract with skin-care brand Obagi, and is now serving as the 30-year-old brand's first-ever global ambassador. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra Is the New Face of Obagi Skin Care," 8 May 2019 Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has charged two Chinese hackers accused of a vast and global cyber campaign to steal business and technology secrets. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US charges Chinese government-linked hackers accused of a decade-long global cyber campaign," 20 Dec. 2018 Enter: the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, global epicenter of all things plants. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "7 Influential People on Environmental Advocacy in the Beauty Industry," 22 Apr. 2019 The slump comes at an awkward time for global and Chinese automakers that are spending heavily to develop electric vehicles under government pressure to boost sales. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales sink in March for 9th month," 12 Apr. 2019 China’s trade performance last month raised questions about demand in the global and Chinese economies, as exports rebounded and imports fell at rates steeper than expected. WSJ, "China Trade Numbers Raise Red Flags on Embryonic Economic Recovery," 12 Apr. 2019 This story has gone global, so me being doxxed would stay with me for life. Vogue, "The Viral Taylor Swift Stan Story That Made Me Love the Internet Again," 5 Apr. 2019 Weather refers to atmospheric conditions that occur in one area over short periods of time, while climate refers to the long-term regional or even global average of things like temperature, humidity and rainfall patterns. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About the Climate Change March," 14 Mar. 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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