glob·​al | \ˈglō-bəl \

Definition of global 

1 : spherical

2 : of, relating to, or involving the entire world : worldwide a global system of communication also : of or relating to a celestial body (such as the moon)

3 : of, relating to, or applying to a whole (such as a mathematical function or a computer program) : universal a global search of a file

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Other Words from global

globally \ˈglō-​bə-​lē \ 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 global data revealed the power of both goal setting and community in helping athletes log consistent activity. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 To be more precise, mascara’s slice of the $445 billion global beauty industry was worth more than $8 billion in sales last year, according to Euromonitor International, a market research firm. Kellie Ell, Glamour, "Social Media Is Killing Mascara," 28 Nov. 2018 Some offered critical commentary on global issues; the kind of critical design thinking largely missing from the rest of Designart (a notable difference between festivals in Europe). Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 The new report comes less than two weeks before the start of this year’s global climate conference in Poland. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Groups target Europe’s coal companies over harmful emissions," 20 Nov. 2018 Instead, Ratajkowski's approach to the aesthetic is more global in feel and attitude: Think, world-traveler with good taste in bazaar fabrics who can also seamlessly work souvenir pieces into their everyday wardrobe. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Can Bohemian Style Be Sexy? Emily Ratajkowski Says Yes, It Can," 14 Nov. 2018 And now, more than 100 years and (roughly) 1,683 products later, Nivea continues its legacy as a global skin-care phenomenon sold in more than 200 countries around the world. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Importance of Germany in the Skin-Care Industry," 24 Oct. 2018 If the global economy slows significantly, that would also reduce demand for oil. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks move higher on Wall Street after 2 days of big losses," 21 Nov. 2018 The global economy has changed enormously since the 1980s, and the United States no longer relies on Saudi oil production to keep prices moderate; the American defense industry is not a major source of jobs, anyway. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There’s nothing “America First” about Trump’s Saudi policy," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of global

: involving the entire world

: involving all of something and especially a computer system, file, etc.


glob·​al | \ˈglō-bəl \

Kids Definition of global

1 : in or having to do with the whole earth the global economy

2 : shaped like a globe


glob·​al | \ˈglō-bəl \

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

3a : 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 personalityPsychological Abstracts

Other Words from global

globally \-​bə-​lē \ adverb

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