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 worldAdjective
She broke the world record.
They won the world championship.
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Which — in a world full of hype and #cleaningtok — says a lot.—Erin Johnson, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2023 Amazon Merging the physical and digital world, this clever STEM kit for kids aged 6 years and up combines physical tiles with apps on your iPad or Fire tablet.—Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2023 The award-winning filmmaker was slated to serve as artistic godfather for Marrakech’s industry arm, which spotlights development titles and works-in-progress from dynamic new talents from across the MENA world.—Ben Croll, Variety, 25 Nov. 2023 With that in mind, in September, Everett did something no one in the auction world had done before, curating a selling exhibition in New York dedicated to the evolution of men’s jewelry from the mid-19th century to the present day.—Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 25 Nov. 2023 The catastrophe of 1944 was certainly not its only eruption to coincide with portentous world events.—Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Highlighted by the success of Boiling Point, Graham’s presence in the film world has expanded over the last few years.—Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Nov. 2023 There is at least some evidence that the digital world is painting a bleaker picture than the statistics support.—Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 All day every day at every hour men and women, children, wheeled
into a world that is not the world
but more so, to seam themselves to machines
from which the healing bane
drips.—Christian Wiman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023
Some anti-world entity swooped in, lifting me from one body and dropping me into another.—Joshunda Sanders, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2023 At the Boulevard Riyadh, the quasi-world fair, women in black niqabs joined more colorfully attired attendees in enjoying music acts that would have been deemed impossibly risque a few years ago.—Nabih Bulosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2022 Most Africans who adhere non-world religions are shifting to Islam or Christianity.—Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2010 Drama ensues, and so does a multi-year, cross-world tale of loving your family.—Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 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, refinery29.com, 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, 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 See More
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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
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a