What does world mean?

Definitions for world

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word world.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. universe, existence, creation, world, cosmos, macrocosmnoun

    everything that exists anywhere

    "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"

  2. world, domainnoun

    people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest

    "the Western world"

  3. world, realitynoun

    all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you

    "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"

  4. Earth, earth, world, globenoun

    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on

    "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"

  5. populace, public, worldnoun

    people in general considered as a whole

    "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"

  6. worldnoun

    a part of the earth that can be considered separately

    "the outdoor world"; "the world of insects"

  7. worldly concern, earthly concern, world, earthnoun

    the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife

    "they consider the church to be independent of the world"

  8. world, human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, manadjective

    all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

    "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"

  9. global, planetary, world(a), worldwide, world-wideadjective

    involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope

    "global war"; "global monetary policy"; "neither national nor continental but planetary"; "a world crisis"; "of worldwide significance"


  1. worldnoun

    Human collective existence; existence in general.

    There will always be lovers, till the world's end.

  2. worldnoun

    The Universe.

  3. worldnoun

    The Earth.

    People are dying of starvation all over the world.

  4. worldnoun

    A planet,especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.

    Our mission is to travel the galaxy and find new worlds.

  5. worldnoun

    An individual or group perspective or social setting.

    In the world of boxing, good diet is all-important.

  6. worldnoun

    A great amount.

  7. worldverb

    to consider or cause to be considered from a global perspective; to consider as a global whole, rather than making or focussing on national or other distinctions; cf to globalise

  8. worldverb

    to make real; to make worldly

  9. Etymology: From woruld.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WORLDnoun

    1.World is the great collective idea of all bodies whatever. John Locke

    Etymology: world , Saxon; wereld, Dutch.

    Begotten before all worlds. Nicene Creed.

    God hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, by whom he made the worlds. Hebr. i. 2.

    Know how this world
    Of heav’n and earth conspicuous first began. John Milton.

    He the world
    Built on circumfluous waters. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    I’m in this earthly world, where to do harm
    Is often laudable; to do good sometime
    Accounted dangerous folly. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I was not come into the world then. Roger L'Estrange.

    He wittingly brought evil into the world. More.

    Christian fortitude consists in suffering for the love of God, whatever hardships can befal in the world. Dryden.

    Happy is she that from the world retires,
    And carries with her what the world admires.
    Thrice happy she, whose young thoughts fixt above,
    While she is lovely, does to heav’n make love;
    I need not urge your promise, ere you find
    An entrance here, to leave the world behind? Edmund Waller.

    By the world, we sometimes understand the things of this world; the variety of pleasures and interests which steal away our affections from God. Sometimes we are to understand the men of the world, with whose solicitations we are so apt to comply. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Hence banished, is banish’d from the world;
    And world exil’d is death. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Here I’ll set up my everlasting rest,
    And shake the yoke of man’s suspicious stars
    From this world-wearied flesh. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    You a world of curses undergo,
    Being the agents, or base second means. William Shakespeare.

    Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company;
    For you in my respect are all the world. William Shakespeare.

    I leave to speak of a world of other attempts furnished by kings. Walter Raleigh, Apology.

    What a world of contradictions would follow upon the contrary opinion, and what a world of confusions upon the contrary practice. Robert Sanderson.

    Just so romances are, for what else
    Is in them all, but love and battles?
    O’ th’ first of these we have no great matter
    To treat of, but a world o’ th’ latter. Hudibras.

    It brought into this world a world of woe. John Milton.

    There were a world of paintings, and among the rest the picture of a lion. Roger L'Estrange.

    Marriage draws a world of business on our hands, subjects us to law-suits, and loads us with domestick cares. Dryden.

    From thy corporeal poison freed,
    Soon hast thou reach’d the goal with mended pace;
    A world of woes dispatch’d in little space. Dryden.

    Why will you fight against so sweet a passion,
    And steel your heart to such a world of charms? Addison.

    This hath bred high terms of separation between such and the rest of the world, whereby the one sort are named the brethren, the godly; the other worldlings, time-servers, pleasers of men more than of God. Richard Hooker.

    ’Tis the duke’s pleasure,
    Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
    Will not be rubb’d nor stopp’d. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Why dost thou shew me thus to th’ world?
    Bear me to prison. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    He was willing to declare to all the world, that, as he had been brought up in that religion established in the church of England, so he could maintain the same by unanswerable reasons. Edward Hyde.

    Persons of conscience will be afraid to begin the world unjustly. Clarissa.

    Rome was to sway the world. John Milton.

    This through the east just vengeance hurl’d,
    And lost poor Antony the world. Matthew Prior.

    Children should not know any wickedness. Old folks have discretion, and know the world. William Shakespeare.

    What start at this! when sixty years have spread
    Their grey experience o’er thy hoary head?
    Is this the all observing age could gain?
    Or hast thou known the world so long in vain? Dryden.

    If knowledge of the world makes man perfidious,
    May Juba ever live in ignorance. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The girl might pass, if we could get her
    To know the world a little better;
    To know the world! a modern phrase
    For visits, ombre, balls and plays. Jonathan Swift.

    The bassa having recommended Barbarussa, it was a world to see, how the court was changed upon him. Richard Knolles.

    All the precautions in the world were taken for the marriage of his younger brother. Addison.

    He had a pair of horns like a bull, his feet cloven, as many eyes upon his body as my grey mare hath dapples, and for all the world so placed. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worldnoun

    the earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe

  2. Worldnoun

    any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests; as, a plurality of worlds

  3. Worldnoun

    the earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests

  4. Worldnoun

    in a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action; as, the Old World; the New World; the religious world; the Catholic world; the upper world; the future world; the heathen world

  5. Worldnoun

    the customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations; as, a knowledge of the world

  6. Worldnoun

    individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as, to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and begin the world anew

  7. Worldnoun

    the inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind

  8. Worldnoun

    the earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind

  9. Worldnoun

    as an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number

  10. Etymology: [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS. weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt, worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. verld, Sw. verld, Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; AS. wer a man + a word akin to E. old; cf. AS. yld lifetime, age, ylde men, humanity. Cf. Werewolf, Old.]


  1. World

    World is a common name for the whole of human civilization, specifically human experience, history, or the human condition in general, worldwide, i.e. anywhere on Earth. In a philosophical context it may refer to: ⁕the whole of the physical Universe, or ⁕an ontological world. In a theological context, world usually refers to the material or the profane sphere, as opposed to the celestial, spiritual, transcendent or sacred. The "end of the world" refers to scenarios of the final end of human history, often in religious contexts. World history is commonly understood as spanning the major geopolitical developments of about five millennia, from the first civilizations to the present. World population is the sum of all human populations at any time; similarly, world economy is the sum of the economies of all societies, especially in the context of globalization. Terms like world championship, gross world product, world flags etc. also imply the sum or combination of all current-day sovereign states. In terms such as world religion, world language, and world war, world suggests international or intercontinental scope without necessarily implying participation of the entire world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. World

    wurld, n. the earth and its inhabitants: the system of things: present state of existence: any planet or heavenly body: public life or society: an organic whole: business: the public: a secular life: course of life: a very large extent of country, as the 'New World:' very much or a great deal, as 'a world of good:' time, as in the phrase 'world without end'=eternally: possibility, as in 'nothing in the world:' (B.) the ungodly.—adjs. Worl′ded, containing worlds; World′-har′dened, hardened by the love of worldly things.—ns. World′-lang′uage, a universal language; World′liness; World′ling, one who is devoted to worldly or temporal possessions.—adjs. World′ly, pertaining to the world, esp. as distinguished from the world to come: devoted to this life and its enjoyments: bent on gain—also adv.; World′ly-mind′ed, having the mind set on the present world.—n. World′ly-mind′edness.—adjs. World′ly-wise, wise in this world's affairs; World′-old, exceedingly ancient; World′-wea′ried, -wea′ry, tired of the world; World′wide, wide or extensive as the world.—All the world, everybody: everything; All the world and his wife (coll.), everybody: also, an ill-assorted mass; A world, a great deal; Carry the world before one, to pass to success through every obstacle; For all the world, precisely, entirely; Go to the world (Shak.), to get married; In the world, an intensive phrase, usually following an interrogative pronoun or adverb.—The New World, the western hemisphere, the Americas; The Old World, the eastern hemisphere, comprising Europe, Africa, and Asia; The other world, the non-material sphere, the spiritual world; The whole world, the sum of what is contained in the world; The world's end, the most distant point possible. [A.S. woruld, world, weorold, (lit.) 'a generation of men,' from wer, a man, and yldo, sig. an age; Ice. veröld, Old High Ger. weralt (Ger. welt).]

Editors Contribution

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'world' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #132

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'world' in Written Corpus Frequency: #376

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'world' in Nouns Frequency: #19

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of world in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of world in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of world in a Sentence

  1. Markle Jr.:

    I don’t know if she gets to invite who she wants. But she ’ll reach out if she wants me there, she ’ll call me, she knows where to find me. But that’s up to her, there’s no pressure. I would n’t mind seeing my little sister have the biggest wedding in the world. That would be incredible. If my dad does n’t walk her down the aisle, then I will.

  2. Mike Turner:

    We have a standing army that is atrophying and a world more dangerous than it’s ever been.

  3. Jared Tallent:

    It was absolutely ridiculous, they proved that he was doping for four years up to London but they allowed him to keep the medal. It was the biggest joke in the world.

  4. Jamie Metzl:

    Whatever the origin of the pandemic, that first month when China was spending all of its energy trying to cover things up rather than fix the problem, that was what allowed the stove fire to become a kitchen fire to become a house fire to become a world fire.

  5. Todd Sechser:

    Russia has now played most of its escalatory cards, and doesn't have many tools left for resolving this crisis in its favor. The nuclear alert seems like more an act of frustration than a calculated tactical move, if the nuclear alert was intended to coerce the United States and Europe into tempering economic sanctions or abandoning Ukraine, it failed. If anything, it has served to further inflame world opinion against Russia.

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