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English adjective: world

1. world involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope

SamplesGlobal war.
Global monetary policy.
Neither national nor continental but planetary.
A world crisis.
Of worldwide significance.

Synonymsglobal, planetary, world-wide, worldwide



English noun: world

1. world (object) everything that exists anywhere

SamplesThey study the evolution of the universe.
The biggest tree in existence.

Synonymscosmos, creation, existence, macrocosm, universe

Broader (hypernym)natural object

Narrower (hyponym)closed universe, natural order, nature

Part holonymcelestial body, estraterrestrial body, extraterrestrial object, heavenly body

Member holonymextragalactic nebula, galaxy

2. world (group) people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest

SamplesThe Western world.


Broader (hypernym)class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum

Narrower (hyponym)academe, academia, Grub Street

3. world (cognition) all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you

SamplesHis world was shattered.
We live in different worlds.
For them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were.


Broader (hypernym)experience

Narrower (hyponym)real life, real world

4. world (object) the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on

SamplesThe Earth moves around the sun.
He sailed around the world.

SynonymsEarth, globe

Instance hypernymterrestrial planet

Part holonymair, atmosphere, dry land, earth, geosphere, ground, hemisphere, hydrosphere, land, lithosphere, sky, solid ground, terra firma, Van Allen belt

Member meronymsolar system

5. world (group) people in general considered as a whole

SamplesHe is a hero in the eyes of the public.

Synonymspopulace, public

Broader (hypernym)people

Narrower (hyponym)admass

Member holonymaudience

6. world (object) a part of the earth that can be considered separately

SamplesThe outdoor world.
The world of insects.

Broader (hypernym)part, piece

7. world (cognition) the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife

SamplesThey consider the church to be independent of the world.

Synonymsearth, earthly concern, worldly concern

Broader (hypernym)concern

8. world (animal) all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

SamplesAll the world loves a lover.
She always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women.

Synonymshuman beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, man, mankind

Broader (hypernym)group, grouping, homo, human, human being, man

Member holonympeople

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