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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That cold rebuff sent a chill through global markets, which had showed upbeat signs just days ago when Trump announced his intention to postpone the tariffs. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Trump Ties Hong Kong Protests to China Trade Deal in a Move That Could Backfire," 15 Aug. 2019 The news marked a welcome cool-off of trade tensions between the two economic giants which has been roiling global markets for weeks. CBS News, "Stock market surges after Trump administration pushes back China tariffs," 13 Aug. 2019 The prospect of Chinese military action in Hong Kong, a major financial center, has also rattled global markets. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "China threatens retaliation for US tariffs while sidestepping Trump offer to meet with Xi Jinping," 13 Aug. 2019 Marco Rubio has introduced legislation that would help small businesses compete in the global market. Samuel Hammond, National Review, "How Congress Can Address America’s Startup Shortage," 12 Aug. 2019 Their lack of tusks has allowed them to fare better than African elephants, poached at alarming rates for the global ivory market. National Geographic, "Elephant skin sales rapidly mounting," 12 Aug. 2019 National Security Council officials issued a challenge to the scientific consensus that warming oceans pose an intensifying mortal threat to coral reef systems, home to a quarter of all marine life and a vital resource in the global food market. Michael Wilner, sun-sentinel.com, "Trump administration throws cold water on climate change threat to Florida’s coral reefs," 10 Aug. 2019 National Security Council officials issued a challenge to the scientific consensus that warming oceans pose an intensifying mortal threat to coral reef systems, home to a quarter of all marine life and a vital resource in the global food market. orlandosentinel.com, "Trump administration throws cold water on climate change threat to coral reefs in Florida," 9 Aug. 2019 Oil prices held down by fears of oversupply in the global market and less enthusiasm by investors for exploration and production companies has restrained drilling activity. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Nation’s rig count falls again as energy sector slows," 9 Aug. 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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