world

The noun world usually refers to the earth, including both the planet itself and the organisms that live on it. If you say, "I want to get out and see the world," you want to go everywhere and see everything.

World can also mean someone's individual experiences — your world changed when you got a cat — or one particular region or group, like an actor famous throughout the Spanish-speaking world. While today you can use the words world and earth interchangeably, world originally meant just human experience; the Old English wer, or man, plus ald, or age, together formed weralt: the age of man.

Definitions of world
  1. noun
    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
    “he sailed around the world
    synonyms: Earth, earth, globe
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    terrestrial planet
    a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's; the four innermost planets in the solar system
  2. noun
    everything that exists anywhere
    synonyms: cosmos, creation, existence, macrocosm, universe
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    types:
    closed universe
    (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter
    natural order
    the physical universe considered as an orderly system subject to natural (not human or supernatural) laws
    environment, nature
    (with 'the') the natural physical world including plants, animals, landscapes, etc.
    type of:
    natural object
    an object occurring naturally; not made by man
  3. noun
    a part of the earth that can be considered separately
    “the outdoor world
    “the world of insects”
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    type of:
    part, piece
    a portion of a natural object
  4. noun
    the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife
    “they consider the church to be independent of the world
    synonyms: earth, earthly concern, worldly concern
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    type of:
    concern
    something that interests you because it is important or affects you
  5. noun
    all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
    synonyms: human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, man, mankind
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    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    homo, human, human being, man
    any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
  6. noun
    people in general considered as a whole
    synonyms: populace, public
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    types:
    admass
    the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  7. noun
    people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest
    “the Western world
    synonyms: domain
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    types:
    academe, academia
    the academic world
    Grub Street
    the world of literary hacks
    type of:
    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
  8. noun
    all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
    “his world was shattered”
    “we live in different worlds
    synonyms: reality
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    types:
    real life, real world
    the practical world as opposed to the academic world
    type of:
    experience
    the content of direct observation or participation in an event
  9. adjective
    involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
    “a world crisis”
    synonyms: global, planetary, world-wide, worldwide
    international
    concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
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