\ 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



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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The point is that the world in summer 2022 is different in many ways, and is quite different from July 2021 when the last PSP happened. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Other parts of the world have also faced intense wildfires this year. CBS News, 1 Aug. 2022 When Gianni Versace, arguably one of the most renowned names in fashion, is murdered in broad daylight at his front door, the eyes of the world are on Miami Beach. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 1 Aug. 2022 Nor does the drop in price address pre-existing problems worsened by a war between two of the world’s biggest producers. Joe Rennison, New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 In soccer-mad England, which sees itself as the home of the world’s game, women and girls finally have a team full of heroes who look like them. Danica Kirka, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 Many cities in this part of the world suffered hideous violence during World War II, and Odesa was no exception. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Football is home, and the world of football will be all the better for it. Seth Vertelney, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 Ukraine is one of the world’s biggest wheat, corn and vegetable-oil suppliers, and crop markets are watching closely for concrete moves toward unlocking Ukraine’s ports. Áine Quinn,, 31 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Drama ensues, and so does a multi-year, cross-world tale of loving your family. Katherine Singh,, 26 Apr. 2022 The new numbers are just the latest evidence that this is the world American workers are living in right now. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 At one point, Borgov offers Beth a draw, which would leave her co-world champion. Ariana Romero,, 26 Oct. 2020 The former two-time United States Olympian and multi-world record holder was going to make sure his student-athletes stayed safe while addressing their physical and mental needs. Emmett Hall,, 17 Sep. 2020 The goal was to turn mainland Chinese citizens and world public opinion against the movement. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2020 Tel Aviv’s beaches are world famous, and with miles of shoreline, there’s a perfect beach for everyone. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2020 But instead of making China’s case, Beijing’s ham-handed international efforts have largely failed to sway world public opinion. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2019 The Swiss Air Force was left red-faced after its world famous flight demonstration team—the Patrouille Suisse—accidentally performed their routine over the wrong Swiss town. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of world


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


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for world


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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