the (whole) world over

Definition of the (whole) world over

:everywhere in the world
  • His books have entertained readers the world over.

Word by Word Definitions

whole play
  1. : free of wound or injury : unhurt

  2. : recovered from a wound or injury : restored

  3. : being healed

  1. : a complete amount or sum : a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element

  2. : something constituting a complex unity : a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one

  1. : wholly, entirely

  2. : as a complete entity

world play
  1. : the earthly state of human existence

  2. : life after death

  3. : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

  1. : of or relating to the world

  2. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

  3. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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