- 1 (usually the world) The earth, together with all of its countries, peoples, and natural features: he was doing his bit to save the worldMore example sentences
- The sea connotes what the land is not, yet together they form the world's surfaces.
- They've sold three million albums, toured all over the world and have been together for almost a decade.
- The couple travelled the world together three years ago and fell in love with Asia.
- 1.1 (the world) All of the people, societies, and institutions on the earth: [as modifier]: world affairsMore example sentences
- On a more serious note, it would appear that the world as a whole is sinking deeper into poverty.
- It's a nice thought that there's someone who loves you, even when you think the whole world hates you.
- They sometimes wonder why the rest of the world hates them so much.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting one of the most important or influential people or things of its class: they had been brought up to regard France as a world powerMore example sentences
- They are the world champions and a class side, but if they are not quite on their game, that is when you can get at them.
- There are tournaments to play that move you up the world rankings and that's more important now.
- I hope I can go as far as reaching the world number one, but I realize it requires hard work.
- 1.3Another planet like the earth: the possibility of life on other worldsMore example sentences
- Nevertheless, of all the worlds in our solar system, Mars is most like Earth.
- His ideas on cosmology are quite remarkable for he not only argued for a moving Earth, but he also argued for an infinite universe containing other stars like the Sun and other worlds like the Earth.
- It showed the planets as worlds - some greater, some less, than our earth - but all much vaster than the earth as she had been regarded in ancient times.
- 1.4The material universe or all that exists; everything.More example sentences
- The living entity is eternal, and he existed before the creation of this material world.
- Being a father is not just about contact: the child needs financial security in this material world.
- Our protagonist is against this obsession with the material world, but he is haunted by it.
- 2A part or aspect of human life or of the natural features of the earth, in particular.More example sentences
- When some vital aspect of the natural world is neglected, nature takes its revenge.
- Clearly the Moon affects both the human and the natural world in diverse ways.
- He has a great appetite for, and capacity to adopt to the changes that are a feature of today's world.
- 2.1A region or group of countries: the English-speaking worldMore example sentences
- By the western part of the Arabic world we mean the regions comprising mainly North Africa and Spain.
- The richest country in the industrialised world will continue to have some of the worst pockets of poverty.
- Several countries in the developing world continue to invite him to help train their own surgeons.
- 2.2A period of history: the ancient worldMore example sentences
- I sometimes imagine that I see certain parallels between modern Aotearoa and the historical worlds of that other boot-shaped nation, Italy.
- In the ancient and classical worlds, capital tended to be drawn into cities from the surrounding regions, so that they could become wealthier even in the absence of economic growth.
- As the title suggests, Ferguson believes that the British Empire shaped the modern world.
- 2.3A group of living things: the animal worldMore example sentences
- Lying is one of the most human of traits that really distinguishes us from the rest of the animal world.
- Our folklore and arts and crafts reflect our love and reverence for the animal world.
- On examination, it reveals a coded significance, uniting the worlds of animals, birds, humans and demigods, proposing itself as an image of the universe.
- 2.4The people, places, and activities to do with a particular thing: they were a legend in the world of British theaterMore example sentences
- He still characterises himself as having a foot in both the stand-up and theatre worlds and is currently working with Murphy on putative comic projects.
- They're all hot, contemporary artists who are taking the art world by storm.
- Beaufort inhabited the scientific world dominated by the chronometer invented by John Harrison.
- 2.5Human and social interaction: he has almost completely withdrawn from the world how inexperienced she is in the ways of the worldMore example sentences
society, material things, secular interests, temporal concerns, earthly concerns
- Autism cuts off its sufferers from the world by impairing social skills and imaginative development.
- These are serious blows to our sense of who we are, what we expect of the world and of our interactions with others.
- I sit here and all my interaction with the world goes fuzzy as if I am falling asleep.
- 2.7 (one's world) A person’s life and activities: he felt his whole world had collapsedMore example sentences
- She drove slowly because the sudden collapse of her whole world was affecting the steadiness of her hands.
- She's the center of his whole world.
- My whole world has fallen apart and left me feeling hopeless and depressed.
- 2.8Everything that exists outside oneself.More example sentences
- I've hit that point that comes during study, when the outside world ceases to exist.
- This is perfect for me as I don't want to exist in this outside world yet.
- We bought a four-bedroom house and seemed to the outside world to have everything we wanted.
- 2.9 [in singular] A stage of human life, either mortal or after death: in this world and the nextMore example sentences
- Then the oxygen machine arrived, the pain medications increased, and my mother slipped out of this world and into the next.
- I know who I am, and I know that I can only be myself, because that is the only thing I will carry out of this world, my soul.
- This is an inspiring talk that will help us to establish our own priorities for this world and the next.
- 2.10Secular interests and affairs: parents are not viewed as the primary educators of their own children, either in the world or in the churchMore example sentences
- There is a primary difference between the material world and the spiritual dimension.
- People who see the world in terms of evil and sin will tend to devalue the material world.
- The militantly secular world is also keenly alert to the challenge of the Passion.
be not long for this world
- Have only a short time to live.More example sentences
- I'm going to need a new chair for the coming season - my old one, made of metal tubing, has developed an alarming creak over the winter and is not long for this world, I fear.
- In general, my tastes in television are a reliable guide to what's about to get cancelled - if I like it, it is not long for this world.
- One can only assume that the 95-year old is not long for this world.
the best of both (or all possible) worlds
- The benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time.More example sentences
- Situated not far from the beach you can enjoy the best of both worlds in this relaxed but upmarket centre.
- Instead, they frequently enjoy the best of both worlds.
- This type of work/life situation can be the best of both worlds - challenging work and plenty of support at home.
bring someone into the world
- Give birth to or assist at the birth of someone.More example sentences
- Even at an early age I wondered why children are routinely named after their fathers, especially when the job of bringing them into the world is solely the responsibility of the mother.
- She managed to be both gentle and authoritative and I trusted her to bring you into the world.
- My poor mother had died bringing me into the world.
come into the world
- Be born.More example sentences
- Forty minutes after Mia had come into the world, her identical twin sister Mona was born.
- Screaming lustily, apparently as healthy as his sister despite the awkward way he came into the world, the second child was born.
- No one wants to see their child undergo an operation and Louise has already had a tough time coming into the world.
come up (or go down) in the world
- Rise (or drop) in status, especially by becoming richer (or poorer).More example sentences
- This neighborhood is going through a transition, and it is coming up in the world, and that fire station will only add to the quality of life for the community.
- Lincoln is a city that's come up in the world since last I gave it close inspection, in my RAF days forty years ago.
- He has had to sell his flat in Mayfair because of his bankruptcy, ‘but he has a new flat in Mayfair for his wife and daughter so he's hardly gone down in the world.’
in the world
- Used for emphasis in questions, especially to express astonishment or disbelief: why in the world did you not reveal yourself sooner?More example sentences
- Why in the world is this happening to me?
- What in the world was going on in her mind?
look for all the world like
- Look precisely like (used for emphasis): fossil imprints that look for all the world like motorcycle tracksMore example sentences
- England and Germany looked for all the world like two teams competing to avoid the title of worst team in their section.
- She looks for all the world like a little girl who's come to ask my son to play.
- When Nadege and I passed, pushing Leyla in a stroller, looking for all the world like a very mismatched mixed-race couple with child, he smiled instinctively at the pretty baby.
man (or woman) of the world
- A person who is experienced in the ways of sophisticated society.More example sentences
- On the contrary, he was a man of the world, an experienced soldier, widely travelled, with close contacts with many of the leading men of affairs, both in his own city and elsewhere.
- What a great example Kelly is to impressionable young women of the world.
- Born in Singapore, growing up in East London and now based in Los Angeles, Clarisse is a woman of the world.
not do something for the world
- Not do something whatever the inducement: I wouldn’t miss it for the worldMore example sentences
- Restructure or decline… A fossil fuel-based, automobile centered and throwaway economic model will not work for the world.
- This will be the fight of our lives, but I wouldn't miss it for the world.
- "I wouldn't do it for the world," Aurora declared.
out of this world
- • informal Extremely enjoyable or impressive: an herb and lemon dressing that’s out of this worldMore example sentences
- Johnson's guitar solo is out of this world - it actually sounds like lead and rhythm playing together, and a brass section.
- It is really out of this world with a fabulous infrastructure, it's very safe and clean.
- The regular baguettes have a great crust, a medium crumb and lots of taste, and the sourdough baguettes are out of this world for serving with cheese.
see the world
- Travel widely and gain wide experience.More example sentences
- And it was after this walking tour that he decided he wanted to travel some more and see the world.
- We were young, excited about travel and seeing the world.
- The nanny was a woman in her fifties who decided to go travel and see the world with the rest of her life.
think the world of
- Have a very high regard for (someone): I thought the world of my fatherMore example sentences
- She thought the world of all the children she taught over the years.
- The boy thinks the world of Emilio, appreciating the kind and attentive way he treats him and his mom.
- And you also have three loving children who think the world of you so please don't get upset- or angry- over the confrontation this afternoon.
the world, the flesh, and the devil
- All forms of temptation to sin.More example sentences
- A rich understanding of the roles of God, the world, the flesh, and the devil in suffering will aid counselors in determining the best responses to their clients' pain.
- The daily, hourly conflict with the world, the flesh, and the devil, shall at length be at an end: the enemy shall be bound; the warfare shall be over; the wicked shall at last cease from troubling; the weary shall at length be at rest.
- In other words, the world, the flesh, and the devil are formidable obstacles to responding to the light and grace that God gives.
a (or the) world of
- A very great deal of: there’s a world of difference between being alone and being lonelyMore example sentences
- A simple nod, a raise of the hand or a flash of headlights can make the world of difference.
- Having the right pair to suit your feet and your activity can make the world of difference.
- I made good use of the pool and it made the world of difference to me and the baby.
(all) the world over
- Everywhere on the earth.More example sentences
- This is a lovely seasonal opportunity to give and it brings great joy to deprived children the world over.
- For one, its gorgeous coloring makes it a favorite of snake and reptile collectors the world over.
- The water situation can be related, not only to Australia in general, but also to the world over.
- Very different or distant.More example sentences
- Not just their locations make these two books worlds apart, they are different in style and structure too.
- These cousins are brought up worlds apart and have enormous differences, but also enormous similarities.
- The exhibition was staged across two very different urban sites, which although linked by a short bus ride are worlds apart in terms of economic and social infrastructure.
Old English w(e)oruld, from a Germanic compound meaning 'age of man'; related to Dutch wereld and German Welt.