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Synonyms of world in English:


  • 1 he travelled the world with the army
    earth, globe, planet, sphere
  • 2 he was convinced of the possibility of life on other worlds
    planet, satellite, moon, star, heavenly body, orb
  • 3 the academic world the world of work is not where all her life ambitions lie
  • 4 (the world) she would show the world that she was no weak-kneed lady of leisure
    everyone, everybody, each and every one, people, mankind, humankind, humanity, people everywhere, the whole world, the world at large, the public, the general public, the population, the populace, all and sundry, every mother's son, {every Tom, Dick, and Harry}, every man jack
  • 5 there's a world of difference between the two men
    huge amount, vast amount, enormous amount, good deal, great deal, abundance, wealth, profusion, mountain, immensity;
    many, much, plenty, reams
    informalheap, pile, lot, load, stack, ton, masses
    British informalshedload, lashings
    Australian/New Zealand informalswag
    [Antonyms] very little
  • 6 she renounced the world and became a nun
    society, high society;
    secular interests, temporal concerns, earthly concerns;
    human existence
  • Phrases

    in a world of one's own

    he is in a world of his own and is frequently carried away by his own flights of fancy
    absent-minded, preoccupied, absorbed, engrossed, far away, somewhere else, not there, not with us, abstracted, with one's head in the clouds, daydreaming, dreamy, inattentive, distracted, thoughtful, pensive, lost in thought, deep in thought, immersed in thought, wool-gathering, in a brown study, musing, brooding, absent, distrait, heedless, oblivious
    informalmiles away

    on top of the world

    informal See overjoyed

    out of this world

    informal her breakfasts are out of this world See wonderful

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