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global

When something is global, it's happening all over the world. It's easy to spot the connection between global and globe.

When the volcano in Iceland erupted, it quickly became a global event. Sure, things were tough in Reykjavík, but the dust and ash caused airport shutdowns and schedule disruptions around the world. Michael Jackson was a star in the United States from the time he was a little boy, but after he broke up with his brothers and went solo in the 1980s, he became a global phenomenon. There was hardly a country on earth where Michael Jackson wasn't a star.

Definitions of global
  1. adjective
    involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
    global war”
    global monetary policy”
    synonyms: planetary, world, world-wide, worldwide
    international
    concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
  2. adjective
    having the shape of a sphere or ball
    synonyms: ball-shaped, globose, globular, orbicular, spheric, spherical
    circular, round
    having a circular shape
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