global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Definition of global

1a : of, relating to, or involving the entire world : worldwide a global system of communication global economic problems global warfare — see also global village, global warming
b : of or relating to a spherical celestial body (such as the moon) For the Moon, the early formation of global crust was accompanied and succeeded for several hundred million years by a massive influx of projectiles …— James W. Head
2 : of, relating to, or applying to a whole (such as a mathematical function or a computer program) : universal a global search of a file Global search and replace can be harnessed to make this correction throughout the file almost instantaneously.— Shay Addams
3 of a medical condition : being particularly severe or encompassing in nature : having or exhibiting a broad or nearly complete effect … West suffered a stroke that left him with global aphasia: an inability to produce words or to understand words spoken to him.— Alison McCulloch The two other cases presented with milder characteristics, displaying global developmental delay and seizures.The Albany (Georgia) Herald
4 : having the shape of a globe : spherical a global mass

Other Words from global

globally \ ˈglō-​bə-​lē How to pronounce global (audio) \ adverb

Examples of global in a Sentence

English is becoming a global language. The program allows users to do global searches through all the available data.
Recent Examples on the Web When the global pandemic struck, the program quickly became the nation’s most successful, attracting thousands of applicants fleeing New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere to become our new neighbors. Will Gray, Fortune, 12 May 2022 The Biden administration asked Congress in March to authorize $22.5 billion in additional Covid-19 assistance, including $5 billion for the global pandemic, but the package has been repeatedly waylaid. Eliza Mackintosh And Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 11 May 2022 Now, with an economy stretched by the global pandemic and jostled by war, the once largely immune tech industry may have found its match. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 The league shut down less than two months after that game due to the global coronavirus pandemic and did not have any international competitions this season. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 The next morning, San Diego Opera became the first local arts organization to announce the cancellation of a major production due to what would become the global pandemic that may finally be coming to an end. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 While the global pandemic hit the hospitality industry the hardest, its luxury segment has exhibited resiliency. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Big Dummie Productions was created in association with global music and entertainment company Transparent Arts. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 6 May 2022 The global banking company estimates that the metaverse market will soon generate over $1 trillion in yearly revenue and that monetary risks for businesses that jump in early are relatively low. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of global

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for global

see globe entry 1

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15 May 2022

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“Global.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/global. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for global

global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Kids Definition of global

1 : in or having to do with the whole earth the global economy
2 : shaped like a globe

global

adjective
glob·​al | \ ˈglō-bəl How to pronounce global (audio) \

Medical Definition of global

1 : having the shape of a globe
2a : of, relating to, or involving the entire world global health conditions
b : of, relating to, or involving the globe of the eye global anesthesia in cataract surgery
3 of a medical condition : being particularly severe or encompassing in nature : having or exhibiting a broad or nearly complete effect … West suffered a stroke that left him with global aphasia: an inability to produce words or to understand words spoken to him.— Alison McCulloch
4a : being comprehensive, all-inclusive, or complete global obstetric care transient global amnesia Akinesia was global, although rigidity and dystonia were strikingly unilateral in distribution.— Oliver Sacks
b : of, relating to, or constituting an organic whole : organismic … the newer psychiatry seeks to understand in a global way the dynamic structure of the patient's personality …Psychological Abstracts

Other Words from global

globally \ -​bə-​lē How to pronounce global (audio) \ adverb

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