global

adjective

glob·​al ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio)
1
a
: 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
globally 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 Many European allies dread the possible return of a Trump presidency, noting his disdain for multilateral partnerships and even NATO, considered the bedrock for the post-World War II global order. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 But as global temperatures and extreme weather events continue rising, there’s still a need for significantly more. Seamus Webster, Fortune Europe, 17 July 2024 On the heels of her appointment in June as global brand ambassador for Puma, the first campaign featuring Blackpink’s Rosé will drop Wednesday. Lily Templeton, WWD, 17 July 2024 New York can help make this bright future possible by embracing its role as a global hub for innovation and building the foundation for responsible AI today. Tarika Barrett, New York Daily News, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for global 

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Word History

Etymology

see globe entry 1

First Known Use

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of global was in 1637

Dictionary Entries Near global

Cite this Entry

“Global.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/global. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

global

adjective
glob·​al ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio)
1
2
: worldwide
global war
3
: of, relating to, or applying to the whole of something (as a computer program)
a global search through the data
globally adverb

Medical Definition

global

adjective
glob·​al ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio)
1
: having the shape of a globe
2
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
globally adverb

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