world

noun
\ˈwər(-ə)ld \

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

The moves came after stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday when the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive and a steep drop in oil prices added to an already volatile trading environment. Riva Gold, WSJ, "Stocks Show Signs of Steadying Ahead of Jobs Report," 7 Dec. 2018 Both approaches are used around the world — in Australia, Canada, and Europe — but are very controversial and have yet to earn official approval in the US. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 During their meeting, the pair were said to have talked about ways to continue empowering girls and women around the world. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Made a Surprise Visit to King’s College London," 6 Dec. 2018 SpaceX will seek to set a US launch record for most satellites put into space at a single time, with 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from commercial and government entities around the world. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX flies rocket for the third time, will attempt fairing re-use [Updated]," 3 Dec. 2018 Maison Numen: Take 30 percent off select handcrafted home decor from around the world through 11/30. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals you can still shop," 27 Nov. 2018 As Allure exclusively reports, the brand's first-ever fragrance collection is comprised of four unique scents, each named after Atkin's favorite streets located in some of her favorite cities around the world. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Ouai Founder Jen Atkin Tells Allure All About the Brand's New Fragrance Line," 6 Nov. 2018 The reality is consumers don’t bifurcate or segment their world like that. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Casper Co-Founder Predicts the Death of (Bad) Retail," 21 Nov. 2018 In fact, hotel prices around the world are anywhere from 15 to 40 percent cheaper during January and February compared to December, according to Expedia. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Easy Trick to Save Money On Winter Travel," 21 Nov. 2018

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 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 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 Jan. 2018 Harvey Weinstein is a 64-year-old, world famous man and this is his company. Rose Minutaglio, Marie Claire, "How These Two Women Finally Exposed Harvey Weinstein," 23 Oct. 2017 Harvey Weinstein is a 64 year old, world famous man and this is his company. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "Harvey Weinstein's Accusers: The Full List," 16 Oct. 2017 Evidence of their grip is that one or the other has won every Olympic or world gold in the 200 individual medley since 2003. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Swimming could use a new face: How about Caeleb Dressel?," 1 July 2017

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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 world : 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 \

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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