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.
Recent Examples on the Web Limits—of time, space, materials, use cases, etc.—are what spark great design, and the global pandemic has forced everyone to reexamine the products, services, systems, processes and assumptions that undergird the modern world all at once. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Free your mind, and good design will follow," 2 Dec. 2020 Neither group is particularly well-suited to hold mass gatherings in the midst of a global pandemic that has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide. John Stanton | Gambit Editor, NOLA.com, "Gambit editor: New Orleans swingers story exposes LaToya Cantrell’s desire to have it both ways," 1 Dec. 2020 As sports plow ahead amid a global pandemic, college basketball might offer the best window into the abundant obstacles. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Amid coronavirus, Bay Area colleges scramble to schedule basketball games," 1 Dec. 2020 With the league set to return amid a global pandemic, should teams isolate one of their quarterbacks from the rest of the position group to protect against potential COVID-19 exposure? Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "After Broncos' fiasco vs. Saints, will more NFL teams decide to quarantine a quarterback?," 1 Dec. 2020 On March 11, when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, lookups on the site for pandemic spiked hugely. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic," 1 Dec. 2020 In 2020, the world quaked under a global pandemic that took 1.4 million lives, the US saw a rebirth in its civil rights movement, and a spate of record-breaking wildfires forced entire regions to evacuate. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 The lawsuit was sparked by a series of changes made to the health plan this summer as trustees faced rising healthcare costs brought on by the global pandemic as well as financial pressures caused by the industry shutdown. Anousha Sakoui Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Actors sue union health plan over loss of insurance," 1 Dec. 2020 On March 11, when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, lookups on the site for pandemic spiked hugely. NBC News, "Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year comes as no surprise: 'pandemic'," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of global was in 1637

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“Global.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/global. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for global

global

adjective
How to pronounce global (audio)

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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