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 The nine-minute video of Floyd dying — handcuffed and face down in the street, with Chauvin kneeling on his neck — sparked weeks of protests across the country and around the world. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Derek Chauvin’s race-baiting defense is rooted in centuries-old stereotypes," 3 Apr. 2021 According to a survey of 20,000 employers around the world by Manpower, a recruitment firm, two-fifths of bosses plan to permit their employees to work from home at least some of the time. The Economist, "The race for space House prices in the rich world are booming," 3 Apr. 2021 The play, by Oklahoman Maggie Radar, was the winner of the college’s Second New Play Festival, in which more than 400 plays were entered from around the world. cleveland, "Mercury Theatre’s Junior Company wins seven awards during virtual, national competition," 3 Apr. 2021 Darius' bow tie donation to the ASPCA quickly caught the attention of many pet shelters across the country and around the world. Sydney N. Walton, CNN, "Teen helps adoptable dogs stand out with handmade bow ties," 3 Apr. 2021 The agency noted the potential introduction of virus variants and differences in vaccine coverage around the world for the cautious guidance on overseas travel. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says," 2 Apr. 2021 Governments around the world, including in Russia, Iran, Belarus, and China, use content filtering, digital censorship, platform blocking, and internet shutdowns as mechanisms to stifle unrest and silence dissent. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of 'Vast Self-Harm'," 2 Apr. 2021 The agency noted the potential introduction of virus variants and differences in vaccine coverage around the world for the cautious guidance on overseas travel. Candice Choi, Chron, "Fully vaccinated can travel again, says new CDC guidance," 2 Apr. 2021 More recently, quarries about 30 miles north of Paris specialize in an especially hard variety of Lutetian limestone fashionable in upscale building projects around the world. Washington Post, "Hiking along Virginia’s Aquia Creek and finding history a stone’s throw from home," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At one point, Borgov offers Beth a draw, which would leave her co-world champion. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "You’re Not Alone If The Queen’s Gambit Ending Made You Cry," 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, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Piranhas swimmers get creative to train during COVID-19," 17 Sep. 2020 The goal was to turn mainland Chinese citizens and world public opinion against the movement. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who should judge what's true? Tackling social media's global impact.," 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, "The Best Places to Travel in April," 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, "China’s Soft-Power Failure: Condemning Hong Kong’s Protests," 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, "Oops! Swiss Aerial Acrobatics Team Performs for the Wrong Town," 11 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of world was before the 12th century

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“World.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/world. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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