World definition

wûrld
A part of the earth and its inhabitants as known at a given period in history.

The ancient world.

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A realm or domain.

The animal world; the world of imagination.

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A specified part of the earth.

The Western World.

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A particular way of life.

The world of the homeless.

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Of or relating to the world.

A world champion.

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Involving or extending throughout the entire world.

A world crisis.

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The earth and its inhabitants.
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Human existence; life.

Brought a child into the world.

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A state of existence.

The next world.

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Individual experience, outlook, etc.

A man whose world is narrow.

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The planet earth.
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The whole universe.
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To consider or cause to be considered from a global perspective; to consider as a global whole, rather than making or focussing on national or other distinctions; compare globalise.
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The world is the planet and all the people on it, or describes the things that are important to a person.

An example of the world is planet earth.

An example of the world is all of the people who live on Earth.

An example of the world is your family.

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All that relates to or affects the life of a person.

He saw his world collapse about him.

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Secular life and its concerns.

A man of the world.

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A large amount; much.

Did her a world of good; candidates that are worlds apart on foreign policy.

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A celestial body such as a planet.

The possibility of life on other worlds.

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The earth, especially together with the life it supports.

A chemical found all over the world; an ecological disaster that could threaten the entire world.

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The universe.

How the ancients conceived the world.

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Humankind considered as social beings; human society.

Turned her back on the world.

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People as a whole; the public.

The event amazed the world.

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A sphere of human activity or interest.

The world of sports.

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A class or group of people with common characteristics or pursuits.

The scientific world.

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A large amount; great deal.

The rest did him a world (or worlds) of good.

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A star or planet.
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Any heavenly body thought of hypothetically as inhabited.

Worlds in space.

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The human race; mankind.
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People generally; the public.

A discovery that startled the world.

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Some part of the earth.

The Old World.

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Some period of history, its society, etc.

The ancient world.

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Any sphere or domain.

The animal world.

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Any sphere of human activity.

The world of music.

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Any sphere or state of existence.

The world of tomorrow.

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Secular or social life and interests, as distinguished from the religious or spiritual.
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People primarily concerned with secular affairs and pursuits.
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(with “the") Human collective existence; existence in general.

There will always be lovers, till the world's end.

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(uncountable, with “the") The Earth.

People are dying of starvation all over the world.

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(countable) A planet, especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.

Our mission is to travel the galaxy and find new worlds.

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An individual or group perspective or social setting.

In the world of boxing, good diet is all-important.

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(informal) A great amount.

A world of difference; a world of trouble; a world of embarrassment.

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To make real; to make worldly.
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for all the world
  • In all respects; precisely:
    She looked for all the world like a movie star.
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in the world
  • Used as an intensive:
    How in the world did they manage? I never in the world would have guessed.
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(informal) out of this world
  • Extraordinary; superb:
    The dinner was out of this world.
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the world over
  • Throughout the world:
    Known the world over.
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world without end
  • Forever.
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bring into the world
  • to give birth to
  • to assist in the delivery of (a child)
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come into the world
  • to be born
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for all the world
  • for any reason or consideration at all
  • in every respect; exactly
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in the world
  • on earth or in the universe; anywhere
    Where in the world could you find this?.
  • at all; ever
    How in the world did you know?.
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on top of the world
  • elated with joy, pride, success, etc.; exultant
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out of this world
  • exceptionally fine; extraordinary
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world without end
  • forever
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
world
Plural:
worlds

Origin of world

  • Middle English from Old English weorold wī-ro- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English world, weoreld, from Old English world, worold, woruld, weorold (“world, age, men, humanity, life, way of life, long period of time, cycle, eternity"), from Proto-Germanic *weraldiz (“lifetime, worldly existence, mankind, age of man, world"), equivalent to wer (“man") +"Ž eld (“age"). Cognate with Scots warld (“world"), West Frisian wrâld (“world"), Dutch wereld (“world"), Low German Werld (“world"), German Welt (“world"), Swedish värld (“world"), Icelandic veröld (“the world").

    From Wiktionary