Definition of world in English:

world

noun

  • 1usually the worldThe earth, together with all of its countries, peoples, and natural features.

    ‘he was doing his bit to save the world’
    • ‘The couple travelled the world together three years ago and fell in love with Asia.’
    • ‘Before they rush out to say that they want to save the world - how about themselves?’
    • ‘Today we see a vast new working class brought together in great conurbations across the world.’
    • ‘It is truly wonderful to have a whole lot of girl-friends living in various parts of the world.’
    • ‘Annually millions of Canadians travel to other nations all over the world for a whole variety of reasons.’
    • ‘I thank them for going and sharing some time in that wonderful part of the world.’
    • ‘He admits the prospect of seven days cycling over some of the world's most inhospitable terrain is a bit daunting.’
    • ‘Not all of these acts proved to be that useful later on, but it gave you the feeling you did your bit to save the world.’
    • ‘What is astonishing is how little our cartographic concept of the world has changed since then.’
    • ‘Soils, such as podzols, which are zonal in some parts of the world might be intrazonal in other areas.’
    • ‘Some may argue that we should look after our own before we go off trying to save the world.’
    • ‘The Himalayas is the highest and one of the most beautiful mountain ranges of the world.’
    • ‘Oliver is hoping to climb his way into the history books by planting a flag at the summit of the world's tallest mountain.’
    • ‘The students come from all over the world, a wonderful combination of people.’
    • ‘However, only they can choose what to do and they have all chosen to try and save the world they live in.’
    • ‘They've sold three million albums, toured all over the world and have been together for almost a decade.’
    • ‘The sea connotes what the land is not, yet together they form the world's surfaces.’
    • ‘There are many mountain ranges throughout the world, all of various ages and sizes.’
    • ‘Today, I spent my whole day meeting with the representatives from all over the world.’
    • ‘Using your bike for errands is a great way to do your little part to save the world.’
    earth, globe, planet, sphere
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    1. 1.1the world All of the people, societies, and institutions on the earth.
      [as modifier] ‘world affairs’
      • ‘Africa cannot jump into a world market economy as quickly as it wants.’
      • ‘Yet the financial crisis has been so severe that its impact has disturbed the world economy as a whole.’
      • ‘On a more serious note, it would appear that the world as a whole is sinking deeper into poverty.’
      • ‘There are, of course, major differences between the European Union and the world as a whole.’
      • ‘He never felt love and because of that, hated the world and the world hated him in return.’
      • ‘These children need to know that their stories are important to the world outside.’
      • ‘I want to prove to myself and to the world that my life is whole again.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the world economy as a whole is marked by slow growth and outright stagnation.’
      • ‘It's a nice thought that there's someone who loves you, even when you think the whole world hates you.’
      • ‘The collapse of the world economy was felt hardest amongst the working classes of the North East.’
      • ‘For all their failings, journalists serve the societies they live in and the world at large.’
      • ‘She stayed there for hours, crying for her brother, and hating the world for taking him away.’
      • ‘Let her go abroad and tell the world how primitive is the structure of our society.’
      • ‘The fall in European growth rates has implications for the world economy as a whole.’
      • ‘They sometimes wonder why the rest of the world hates them so much.’
      • ‘He hung a map of the world on the wall in his little cottage, and he read as widely as he could about world affairs.’
      • ‘Sovereignty still remains a supremely important institution of world politics.’
      • ‘To be a man you have to be a businessman who faces the world by himself and who has to fight the whole world by himself.’
      • ‘Am I first a woman and then a member of my society, community, world, or vice versa?’
      • ‘We truly are entering one of the most important times in world history.’
      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
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    2. 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 power’
      • ‘All schools that took part will receive a certificate confirming their success in winning the world record.’
      • ‘Imagine how exciting it was to watch this British athlete set a world record and beat a world superstar.’
      • ‘There are tournaments to play that move you up the world rankings and that's more important now.’
      • ‘He's the world knife-throwing champion - and he's about to throw those knives at me.’
      • ‘I hope I can go as far as reaching the world number one, but I realize it requires hard work.’
      • ‘The fun run set the world record for the largest gathering of Santas in one place.’
      • ‘The squad fly out on Friday, with less than 24 hours to settle in before meeting the world champions.’
      • ‘Ireland could be the world leader in online tourism within the next two years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He became the biggest superstar of world rugby, but he is an understated hero.’
      • ‘He went to the Olympic Games as the world number one intending only to return with the gold medal, but it was not to be.’
      • ‘Las Vegas, said Ashley, was the perfect setting for the world powerlifting championships.’
      • ‘My gut feeling is that the world champions will have to fight very hard to maintain their winning streak in Edinburgh.’
      • ‘After the day of British champions comes an evening for world superstars.’
      • ‘In the world championship final in Paris she was left standing by a 67-second lap.’
      • ‘And the world number one gave one journalist short shrift when asked what was wrong with his game.’
      • ‘Afterwards, the world number one was distinctly underwhelmed with the outcome.’
      • ‘He had his first race just two days after his sixth birthday at the world championship track near Swindon.’
      • ‘It is the group's strategy to become one of the world leaders in the textile industry, he said.’
      • ‘He will take it on the chin and be back at the Crucible where I think he has at least another three or four chances to win back the world title.’
    3. 1.3 Another planet like the earth.
      ‘the possibility of life on other worlds’
      • ‘The asteroids are tiny worlds that should have clumped together to form another major planet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Astronomers had initially expected that other solar systems would follow the pattern of our own: small rocky worlds close to the star and gas giants further out.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the twenty-first century, people are excited by the prospect of visiting new worlds in outer space.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Intriguingly, this class of worlds includes the Martian moons, from which fully reversible Mars missions could ultimately be staged.’
      • ‘Someday solar sails might be used to send astronauts to new worlds around other stars.’
      • ‘The research may eventually be applied to remove radiation belts around the Earth and other worlds, reducing the hazards of the space environment.’
      • ‘It is quite likely that future interstellar explorers will have a wide range of new worlds to explore.’
      • ‘But the main purpose of this spacecraft will be to carry astronauts beyond our orbit to other worlds.’
      • ‘Astronomers are finding new worlds by the dozen - settling one ancient debate and sparking a multitude of others.’
      • ‘But telepresence has been used primarily to explore other worlds.’
      • ‘A new computer model designed to explore the range of possibilities for planet formation around other stars had no trouble coming up with worlds similar to Earth.’
      • ‘For centuries humanity had dreamed of reaching out to the stars, settling on worlds beyond our solar system.’
      • ‘We might instead settle worlds without life, such as Earth's Moon or the asteroids.’
      • ‘There has been an explosion in the number of astronomers scanning the skies for the telltale wobble of distant worlds.’
      • ‘For one thing, astronomers discovered the Kuiper belt, a teeming ensemble of miniature worlds within which Pluto orbits.’
      • ‘By studying alien worlds, such as Venus, Mars or Saturn's moon Titan, we can place our own world in context.’
      • ‘Now, what we don't know is how many of those Earth size worlds actually have liquid water that could cook up life or will have cooked up life.’
      planet, satellite, moon, star, heavenly body, orb
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    4. 1.4 The material universe or all that exists; everything.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everything about the world can be explained by him in terms of the shadows.’
      • ‘Our protagonist is against this obsession with the material world, but he is haunted by it.’
      • ‘It makes me wonder about the dynamics of life and how we exist in this world.’
  • 2A part or aspect of human life or of the natural features of the earth, in particular.

    • ‘When some vital aspect of the natural world is neglected, nature takes its revenge.’
    • ‘Wind in the natural world can be fierce and hostile to human, animal and bird life.’
    • ‘In these works he also confirms his interest in the natural world and our environment.’
    • ‘We wandered off, marvelling at the joy and beauty of the natural world.’
    • ‘The report was highlighted as one of the top discoveries that transform our ideas about the natural world.’
    • ‘Clearly the Moon affects both the human and the natural world in diverse ways.’
    • ‘As human society develops it becomes better able to control the natural world.’
    • ‘In this collection, the natural world is used as a backdrop for images of death, violence and love.’
    • ‘He has a great appetite for, and capacity to adopt to the changes that are a feature of today's world.’
    • ‘Not, you understand, the real natural world where there is conflict and tension as well as harmony.’
    • ‘Religion probably began as an attempt by our ancestors to explain the natural world.’
    • ‘The natural world seems to become a setting of emotional release for Billy.’
    • ‘Throughout his life the natural world was a vital and a compelling source of his poetic imagination.’
    • ‘We must put the economy in synch with the natural world that made it possible.’
    • ‘All round the globe the activities of the human race conflict with the natural world.’
    • ‘Houseplants soften the harsh interiors of our homes and connect us with the natural world.’
    • ‘These early experiences of the natural world later influenced his work as an artist.’
    • ‘His best-known poems record his sharp and intense response to the natural world.’
    • ‘His work is underpinned by a philosophy based on the discovery of the natural world.’
    • ‘They revere in the beauty of the natural world and pay homage to an entity called Gäia, the Mother of Life.’
    1. 2.1 A region or group of countries.
      ‘the English-speaking world’
      • ‘Yet those of us lucky enough to live in the developed world do not need to cope with such problems.’
      • ‘Croatia is actually located in Central Europe, but it has bridged the Eastern and Western worlds throughout its history.’
      • ‘The richest country in the industrialised world will continue to have some of the worst pockets of poverty.’
      • ‘The range of swear words in the modern English-speaking world is tiny, as you know.’
      • ‘It's one of the most outrageous breaches of human rights in the history of the western world.’
      • ‘But in the developed, Western world, the feasting periods are no longer interspersed with famines.’
      • ‘The issue has echoes of the Arab world's historical struggle to assert its own destiny.’
      • ‘Eastern religions are popular across the entire Western world at this time, especially Buddhism, and especially in America.’
      • ‘Secondly, not all of the developed western world might be seen as civilised.’
      • ‘By the western part of the Arabic world we mean the regions comprising mainly North Africa and Spain.’
      • ‘Have you ever seen an Arab world as divided as it is right now?’
      • ‘Several countries in the developing world continue to invite him to help train their own surgeons.’
      • ‘Rather different number systems were used simultaneously in the Arabic world over a long period of time.’
      • ‘In many parts of the Western world the media still describe this as the only safe route to peace and stability.’
    2. 2.2 A period of history.
      ‘the ancient world’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are now, rightly, seen as an essential element in a proper understanding of the medieval world-view, important to anyone with an interest in the art, literature, philosophy and social structure of that time.’
      • ‘Though we think of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as a single list today, there were actually a number of lists compiled by different Greek writers.’
      • ‘I sometimes imagine that I see certain parallels between modern Aotearoa and the historical worlds of that other boot-shaped nation, Italy.’
      • ‘As the title suggests, Ferguson believes that the British Empire shaped the modern world.’
    3. 2.3 A group of living things.
      ‘the animal world’
      • ‘But first, they must learn the rules of both the animal and the human worlds.’
      • ‘The mineral, vegetable, and animal worlds do exactly what they're created to do.’
      • ‘Many of these directly incorporate works of art - the art of the wheelchair bound Horibe, whose paintings meld the plant and animal worlds.’
      • ‘The presenter uses amusing approaches to introduce children to the animal world.’
      • ‘He is seated on a tiger skin, a symbol of power, showing his mastery over the animal world.’
      • ‘The tiger's immense power and strength give it an aura unmatched in 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.’
      • ‘Insects are some of the least understood creatures in the animal world.’
      • ‘There is no boundary between the vegetable, animal and human worlds.’
      • ‘She borrows it from the animal world and evokes or invokes it on the subject of procreation.’
      • ‘There also seems to be little evidence of genuine teaching in the animal world.’
      • ‘Either way, the switch of identities between the human, sacred and animal worlds is a feature of Mongolian belief as it is in countless other folk religions.’
      • ‘For the next three decades Eva will be the communicator-the connection between the animal and human worlds.’
      • ‘There is a close relationship in Scripture between the animal world and the demonic.’
      • ‘He expected to find similarities in structure within each branch of the animal world.’
      • ‘Then she takes that a step further by pretty much banning any human interference in the animal world.’
      • ‘She is equally trapped between animal and human worlds.’
      • ‘Lying is one of the most human of traits that really distinguishes us from the rest of the animal world.’
      • ‘This phenomenon is widespread, occurring in nearly all the major taxa of the plant, animal, and microbial worlds.’
    4. 2.4 The people, places, and activities to do with a particular thing.
      ‘they were a legend in the world of British theater’
      • ‘So he pursued his dream, by entering the theatre world and then going on to the big screen.’
      • ‘The insular world of the theatre is more commonly a sanctuary from reality.’
      • ‘He is easily transported back to his playing days and into a football world vastly different from today's.’
      • ‘In his biography, he comes across as a person comfortably astride various worlds: theatre, painting, books and film.’
      • ‘A new form of art had come about quite naturally, yet its presence took the art world by storm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The world of football is small, and once you deal with a manager, club or a player, relations develop.’
      • ‘Someone from outside will have a different experience of the football world.’
      • ‘Ken, whose background is in media and publishing in the commercial and academic worlds, now employs three full-time staff and a number of part-time staff.’
      • ‘It happens in the football world but it's one of those things you keep quiet about.’
      • ‘The award-winning film composer has struck a chord in the worlds of film, theatre, classical and pop.’
      • ‘Beaufort inhabited the scientific world dominated by the chronometer invented by John Harrison.’
      • ‘The new company will represent talent from the worlds of theatre, film, television and literature in Scotland.’
      • ‘He decided the theatre world was a good place to trawl not only for people with money but also for girls.’
      • ‘The paintings of a Mancunian former teacher have taken the art world by storm after years of obscurity.’
      • ‘It's only a matter of time before he is forced to leave his boyhood club and has the football world at his feet.’
      • ‘He said the bid could eventually include people from ‘the worlds of football and motorsport’, but said he was unable to give details.’
      • ‘Yet in the unsentimental world of modern football, it could just happen.’
      • ‘The theatre world found this extremely amusing, although the actor reputedly did not.’
      sphere, society, circle, arena, milieu, province, domain, territory, orbit, preserve, realm, field, discipline, area, department, sector, section, group, division
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    5. 2.5 Human and social interaction.
      ‘he has almost completely withdrawn from the world’
      ‘how inexperienced she is in the ways of the world’
      • ‘That is the way the world works and why should any one make an exception in my case?’
      • ‘He is constantly frustrated by his inability to change the way the world works more quickly and radically.’
      • ‘Children use toys to imagine the world and to interact with it, learning skills that will be of value in later life.’
      • ‘I may have been naïve, but even I knew a little about the way the world worked.’
      • ‘We teach our students that they are obliged to study the broader social world.’
      • ‘That seemed to be the way the world worked, people leaving you the minute you didn't have a thing left to offer them.’
      • ‘It gets you interacting with the world in all sorts of different ways.’
      • ‘It is a fundamental dispute about the way the world works and what our role in it should be.’
      • ‘These are serious blows to our sense of who we are, what we expect of the world and of our interactions with others.’
      • ‘Autism cuts off its sufferers from the world by impairing social skills and imaginative development.’
      • ‘He wants us to see his work in precisely the same way we observe the world as we move through it.’
      • ‘I become irrational, cannot think straight and interact with the world in an entirely strange way.’
      • ‘For without a contrast model the world has no way to know or feel the oddness of its dependence on power for survival.’
      • ‘Every artist looks at the world in a definite social manner, whether he or she knows it or not.’
      • ‘I sit here and all my interaction with the world goes fuzzy as if I am falling asleep.’
      society, high society
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    6. 2.6 Average, respectable, or fashionable people or their customs or opinions.
    7. 2.7one's world A person's life and activities.
      ‘he felt his whole world had collapsed’
      • ‘My whole world has fallen apart and left me feeling hopeless and depressed.’
      • ‘It came as such a shock, and our worlds literally fell in.’
      • ‘This is my small world and the reality of living with chronic illness.’
      • ‘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.’
    8. 2.8 Everything that exists outside oneself.
      • ‘But it is all I can see of the outside world when sitting inside, completing the illusion.’
      • ‘Many became institutionalised, unable ever to return to the outside world.’
      • ‘For the garden to be a true retreat, we must first seal it away from the outside world.’
      • ‘For a few minutes he looked completely lost, as if he had suddenly been reminded that there was a big bad world outside.’
      • ‘To the outside world Mrs Johns seemed the perfect mother and housewife.’
      • ‘The castle was an isolated island which did not need the outside world.’
      • ‘The place is a fugitive's delight and an ideal hideout from the clutches of the law or the prying eyes of the outside world.’
      • ‘The world outside the film industry exists and it will intrude, in one fashion or another.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he still had to live with the stigma once he returned to the outside world.’
      • ‘Our connections with the outside world have been severed and we are being seriously inconvenienced.’
      • ‘The fiery outside world is a far better source of sparks than the damp interior of one's own head.’
      • ‘This is perfect for me as I don't want to exist in this outside world yet.’
      • ‘In particular, it continues his epistemological separation of inner mind from outside world.’
      • ‘I've hit that point that comes during study, when the outside world ceases to exist.’
      • ‘We bought a four-bedroom house and seemed to the outside world to have everything we wanted.’
    9. 2.9[in singular] A stage of human life, either mortal or after death.
      ‘in this world and the next’
      • ‘This is an inspiring talk that will help us to establish our own priorities for this world and the next.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two ideas could be linked: after all, cremation is itself a wall of fire that is a boundary between this world and the next.’
    10. 2.10 Secular interests and affairs.
      ‘parents are not viewed as the primary educators of their own children, either in the world or in the church’
      • ‘There is a primary difference between the material world and the spiritual dimension.’
      • ‘The militantly secular world is also keenly alert to the challenge of the Passion.’
      • ‘People who see the world in terms of evil and sin will tend to devalue the material world.’
      • ‘It seems to be a connector or a medium between the materialistic world and the spiritual world.’
      • ‘The concept of Hell as a literal place has declined in an increasingly secular world.’

Phrases

  • be not long for this world

    • Have only a short time to live.

      • ‘There are a few who know the reasons behind the murders, but they too are not long for this world.’
      • ‘Sure enough, I tracked him down only to find out that he's extremely ill and possibly not long for this world.’
      • ‘In act, Dan was still laying drains well after doctors told him he was not long for this world.’
      • ‘As I watched and listened to Marie, I was overwhelmed by the love she showed this sick, frail man - not long for this world, with nothing to give her in return.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sadly however, like our four other sisters, Caroline, Sophie, Amelie and Victory, he was not long for this world.’
      • ‘A child, not long for this world should have a heavenly name.’
      • ‘One can only assume that the 95-year old is not long for this world.’
      • ‘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 way or another, whether we like it or not we are all not long for this world.’
  • the best of both (or all possible) worlds

    • The benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time.

      • ‘And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the best of both worlds where culture is concerned.’
      • ‘Instead, they frequently enjoy the best of both worlds.’
      • ‘Enjoy the best of both worlds with our insider advice about three fun destinations’
      • ‘Education officers claim the scheme offers the best of both worlds and has the most flexibility to meet children's needs.’
      • ‘The council wanted the best of both worlds - trees to enhance the area, but no liability for them once it had officially protected them.’
      • ‘Splits were thought to offer investors the best of both worlds and ideal for people saving for school fees or for retirement.’
      • ‘This type of work/life situation can be the best of both worlds - challenging work and plenty of support at home.’
      • ‘Situated not far from the beach you can enjoy the best of both worlds in this relaxed but upmarket centre.’
      • ‘I don't see it as being hypocritical, but rather as having the best of both worlds.’
      • ‘Many of us in this prosperous country are fortunate to be able to have the best of both worlds.’
  • bring someone into the world

    • Give birth to or assist at the birth of someone.

      • ‘Mother's Day should be the most important festival of the year, because it honours the person who brought us into the world.’
      • ‘Abigail, a child of great beauty and undiscovered talent, has a safe and loving home with the midwife who brought her into the world.’
      • ‘Young Oliver Twist is left in the care of a workhouse near London when his mother dies bringing him into the world.’
      • ‘Surgeons brought him into the world using forceps after two earlier attempts to deliver him by ventouse extraction had failed.’
      • ‘She was rushed into hospital, where doctors tried to stop the labour to no avail and baby Adam was brought into the world over three months premature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My poor mother had died bringing me into the world.’
      • ‘Anyway, never forget what she went through to bring you into the world.’
      • ‘Cathy's labor didn't last long, and in only an hour and a half, baby Daisy was brought into the world.’
      • ‘She managed to be both gentle and authoritative and I trusted her to bring you into the world.’
  • come into the world

    • Be born.

      • ‘Maybe Saskia just wasn't ready to come into the world.’
      • ‘Her twins came into the world at 25 weeks and five days - Tom weighing 749g and Bonnie 620g.’
      • ‘The boy would come into the world without a father.’
      • ‘No one wants to see their child undergo an operation and Louise has already had a tough time coming into the world.’
      • ‘The chimes of Big Ben had barely struck when little Sam came into the world at just one minute past midnight on New Year's Day.’
      • ‘Screaming lustily, apparently as healthy as his sister despite the awkward way he came into the world, the second child was born.’
      • ‘The baby will come into the world, perhaps kicking and screaming, but babyhood will only be the beginning of a continuing process of growth and change.’
      • ‘Forty minutes after Mia had come into the world, her identical twin sister Mona was born.’
      • ‘After they come into the world, they are cleaned right in the room and then put on a special bed.’
      • ‘My most heart-melting moments were when each of them came into the world.’
  • come up (or go down) in the world

    • Rise (or drop) in status, especially by becoming richer (or poorer)

      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some personal names have undoubtedly gone down in the world.’
      • ‘His mother said the Pilgrims were coming up in the world.’
      • ‘Now it is coming up in the world and is a charming bohemian quarter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's come up in the world considerably since then.’
      • ‘Everybody knows that perfectly good teaching institutions can come to neglect the undergraduates and grind up the idealism of young academics because the faculty, or deans, or provosts want to come up in the world.’
      • ‘I thought for sure we'd seen the last of you all those years ago… My, you've come up in the world!’
      • ‘‘You've come up in the world Ms. Johnson,’ he said, not hiding his antagonism.’
  • in the world

    • Used for emphasis in questions, especially to express astonishment or disbelief.

      ‘why in the world did you not reveal yourself sooner?’
      • ‘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 tracks’
      • ‘She looks for all the world like a little girl who's come to ask my son to play.’
      • ‘We crouched beside the tree, looking for all the world like a Christmas card photo.’
      • ‘He looked for all the world like an art critic absent-mindedly contemplating a particularly engrossing landscape.’
      • ‘‘Hey, I'm in the finals,’ he beamed, looking for all the world like a kid in a sweet shop.’
      • ‘This year, we had a few more minutes to chat before the panel as he sat there in his wheelchair, looking for all the world like someone who couldn't recall his name, let alone past events.’
      • ‘He looked for all the world like a little boy who had just brought a slimy frog to his Mother and couldn't understand why she wasn't excited too.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It looked for all the world like a very healthy clump of stinging nettles until it produced a fine display of large, pink flowers.’
      • ‘England and Germany looked for all the world like two teams competing to avoid the title of worst team in their section.’
      • ‘It arrived quite literally in a blaze of glory, wrapped in tinfoil with flames spurting out of the top, looking for all the world like my mum's finest Christmas pudding.’
  • man (or woman) of the world

    • A person who is experienced in the ways of sophisticated society.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They went out as wide-eyed and gangly young teens, and came back seasoned men of the world, who had developed exotic tastes for horse meat, brandy, and long elegant cigarettes.’
      • ‘What a great example Kelly is to impressionable young women of the world.’
      • ‘It quickly became clear that Lyon is a man of the world.’
      • ‘She seemed to personify what we were trying to achieve with the programme: a woman of the world who takes her destiny into her own hands.’
      • ‘Now, excuse me, I'm a man of the world, and I, for one, find this a rather worrying development.’
      • ‘As a woman of the world, Hillary, do you think I should do it?’
      • ‘Born in Singapore, growing up in East London and now based in Los Angeles, Clarisse is a woman of the world.’
      • ‘Collis told Dick how Rosemary has become a woman of the world, much different from the young girl they had known.’
      • ‘Leonardo and Michelangelo, rivals in everything, were both men of the world and men of business.’
  • not do something for the world

    • Not do something whatever the inducement.

      ‘I wouldn't miss it for the world’
      • ‘"I wouldn't do it for the world," Aurora declared.’
      • ‘This will be the fight of our lives, but I wouldn't miss it for the world.’
      • ‘Restructure or decline… A fossil fuel-based, automobile centered and throwaway economic model will not work for the world.’
  • out of this world

    • informal Extremely enjoyable or impressive.

      ‘an herb and lemon dressing that's out of this world’
      • ‘The drive was a little over an hour and the scenery was just out of this world.’
      • ‘Along with that peace comes a joy and happiness that's out of this world!’
      • ‘The quality of the play was incredible, there were several chances at both ends, there was immense tension and the atmosphere was out of this world.’
      • ‘It is really out of this world with a fabulous infrastructure, it's very safe and clean.’
      • ‘The clothes were out of this world and beautifully displayed.’
      • ‘The foie gras terrine was unbelievably rich, and they had a white asparagus salad which was out of this world.’
      • ‘The whole proceedings were out of this world and almost impossible to describe.’
      • ‘The job is exhausting but the rewards are out of this world.’
      • ‘Johnson's guitar solo is out of this world - it actually sounds like lead and rhythm playing together, and a brass section.’
      • ‘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.’
      marvellous, magnificent, superb, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate
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  • see the world

    • Travel widely and gain wide experience.

      • ‘Now his mind was firmly made up, it was travel for him, he was going to see the world.’
      • ‘Michael had travelling in the blood and wanted to see the world.’
      • ‘We were young, excited about travel and seeing the world.’
      • ‘These affluent coastal urbanites enjoy seeing the world and are more likely to travel abroad than the average American.’
      • ‘The nanny was a woman in her fifties who decided to go travel and see the world with the rest of her life.’
      • ‘Katrine and Michel were both teachers who loved to travel and this was how they saw the world.’
      • ‘And it was after this walking tour that he decided he wanted to travel some more and see the world.’
  • think the world of

    • Have a very high regard for (someone)

      ‘I thought the world of my father’
      • ‘Steven was a shy, quiet lad but when he came out of his shell and people got to know him, they thought the world of him.’
      • ‘Her family were her pride and joy and she was devoted to them and they in turn thought the world of her.’
      • ‘He thought the world of his sisters and brother.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think the world of my mum, as she is so kind, caring and loving to all of us.’
      • ‘He thought the world of us and would have hated for us to be unhappy.’
      • ‘‘He must have thought the world of his sister,’ says the woman, ‘to do all these commemorative things for her.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After my father died, when I was 23, I discovered through others that he thought the world of me.’
      adore, hold dear, love, care very much for, feel great affection for, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, appreciate
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  • the world, the flesh, and the devil

    • All forms of temptation to sin.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Epicurus' dubious reputation reflected the Christian tendency to regard earthly pleasures as the evil lures of the world, the flesh, and the devil.’
      • ‘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 lonely’
      • ‘Having the right pair to suit your feet and your activity can make the world of difference.’
      • ‘It takes very little effort to do this and it can make a world of difference to the people around them.’
      • ‘The association can rightly claim to have made a world of difference to many tragic young lives.’
      • ‘A simple nod, a raise of the hand or a flash of headlights can make the world of difference.’
      • ‘I have been keeping myself to myself a bit recently, and it has actually done me the world of good.’
      • ‘There is a world of difference between fact and opinion, and sometimes the two can get easily confused.’
      • ‘I think there's a world of difference between an arranged marriage and a forced marriage.’
      • ‘I made good use of the pool and it made the world of difference to me and the baby.’
      • ‘There will always be a world of difference in taste and texture between any farmed fish and its wild relation.’
      • ‘A rare flower can make a world of difference to the aroma, flavour and colour of honey.’
      huge amount, vast amount, enormous amount, good deal, great deal, abundance, wealth, profusion, mountain, immensity
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  • (all) the world over

    • Everywhere on the earth.

      • ‘For one, its gorgeous coloring makes it a favorite of snake and reptile collectors the world over.’
      • ‘He shows that global trade has improved people's lives the world over.’
      • ‘This is a lovely seasonal opportunity to give and it brings great joy to deprived children the world over.’
      • ‘The water situation can be related, not only to Australia in general, but also to the world over.’
      • ‘They have made their fortunes, acquired stock options and are sought after the world over.’
  • worlds apart

    • Very different or distant.

      • ‘The streets are less than three miles away from each other - but in the eyes of house buyers, they are worlds apart.’
      • ‘Not just their locations make these two books worlds apart, they are different in style and structure too.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's ridiculous - we live in the same city but it feels like we're all worlds apart.’
      • ‘These cousins are brought up worlds apart and have enormous differences, but also enormous similarities.’
      • ‘Of course, a toddler and a pre-teen are worlds apart.’
      • ‘It also has brought together communities that are worlds apart to enrich each other culturally, socially and economically.’
      • ‘Although the three opposition leaders are worlds apart on most issues of policy, they do have two very important things in common.’
      • ‘But the two men are worlds apart on the issue of race.’
      • ‘Diplomatically, the two sides still seem worlds apart.’
      unsuited, mismatched, ill-matched, poles apart, worlds apart, like day and night
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Origin

Old English w(e)oruld, from a Germanic compound meaning age of man; related to Dutch wereld and German Welt.

Pronunciation

world

/wərld/