world

noun
\ ˈwər(-ə)ld How to pronounce world (audio) \

Definition of world

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the earthly state of human existence
b : life after death used with a qualifier the next world
2 : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it
3 : individual course of life : career
4 : the inhabitants of the earth : the human race
5a : the concerns of the earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven and the life to come
b : secular affairs
6 : the system of created things : universe
7a : a division or generation of the inhabitants of the earth distinguished by living together at the same place or at the same time the medieval world
b : a distinctive class of persons or their sphere of interest or activity the academic world the digital world
8 : human society withdraw from the world
9 : a part or section of the earth that is a separate independent unit
10 : the sphere or scene of one's life and action living in your own little world
11 : an indefinite multitude or a great quantity or distance makes a world of difference a world away
12 : the whole body of living persons : public announced their discovery to the world
13 : kingdom sense 4 the animal world
14 : a celestial body (such as a planet)
for all the world
: in every way : exactly copies which look for all the world like the original
in the world
: among innumerable possibilities : ever used as an intensive what in the world is it
out of this world
: of extraordinary excellence : superb

world

adjective

Definition of world (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the world a world championship
2a : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide brought about world peace
b : involving or applying to part of or the whole world a world tour a world state
c : internationally recognized : renowned, distinguished a world authority on gemstones

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Examples of world in a Sentence

Noun

the countries of the world He is famous throughout the world. They sailed around the world. It can be found anywhere in the world. The product is shipped halfway around the world. The problem occurs in many parts of the world. The island was cut off from the rest of the world. They want to see the world. the Eastern and Western worlds people living in the English-speaking world

Adjective

She broke the world record. They won the world championship. a world authority on gemstones
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One touch of the Yoga Studio’s video command system transforms the resort-quality space into a private workout led by experts from some of the world’s most picturesque settings with classes categorized by duration, style and level. Houston Chronicle, "Cane Island Yoga Studio offers anytime on-demand classes," 7 July 2019 The welfare of captive elephants is also difficult to regulate in many parts of the world. National Geographic, "Asian Elephant," 7 July 2019 Rapid growth in global air travel is prompting airlines and airport operators to shake up a decades-old system for allocating takeoff and landing slots at some of the world’s busiest airfields. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Surging Air Traffic Prompts Rethink of Airport Gate Rights," 6 July 2019 For decades, based on its offshore wells in the North Sea and elsewhere, Norway has been one of the world’s largest exporter of oil and natural gas. Brett Berk, WIRED, "Norway Invites You to Explore Its Electric Vehicle Paradise," 6 July 2019 MacKenzie, 49, will keep a four percent stake in Amazon worth $38.3 billion, Bloomberg reported, placing her 22nd on the outlet’s ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Jeff Bezos and Ex-Wife MacKenzie Finalize Divorce with $38 Billion Settlement," 6 July 2019 The rest of the world is ascending the peak, though, and that is why, should the United States win it all again, the degree of satisfaction will swell. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "“Locked on and still hungry,” USA soccer enters World Cup final aware of its legacy," 6 July 2019 Today another dystopian scenario looms instead: that of a world in which there are too few robots, not too many. The Economist, "A different dystopia: July 2030," 6 July 2019 Madrid Pride, one of the world’s largest LGBTQ celebrations, will culminate in a parade in the city center on Saturday. NBC News, "Madrid high heels run defies gravity, homophobia," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 Cook County is apparently the same place where Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T do their public duty, so world famous jurors are par for the course, but Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called for jury duty in Chicago history. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 But at least for a while, Ms. Barzilai, a pop star with powerful vocals who celebrates difference and is now world famous for her clucking sounds and viral chicken dance, made Israelis feel good. New York Times, "‘Next Year in Jerusalem!’ In Israel, Eurovision Win Is Seen as a Diplomatic Victory, Too," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of world

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for world

Noun

Middle English, from Old English woruld human existence, this world, age (akin to Old High German weralt age, world); akin to Old English wer man, eald old — more at virile, old

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world

noun

English Language Learners Definition of world

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the earth and all the people and things on it
: a part of the world and the people and things that exist there
: human society

world

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of world (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the whole world
: extending or found throughout the world
: involving many parts of the world or the whole world

world

noun
\ ˈwərld How to pronounce world (audio) \

Kids Definition of world

1 : earth sense 1 They sailed around the world.
2 : people in general : humanity The whole world knows his name.
3 : a state of existence a future world
4 : a great number or amount a world of troubles
5 : a part or section of the earth Antarctica is a unique world.
6 : an area of interest or activity the world of politics

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