world ( worlds plural )
1 n-sing The world is the planet that we live on.
It's a beautiful part of the world..., The satellite enables us to calculate their precise location anywhere in the world.
2 n-sing Theworld refers to all the people who live on this planet, and our societies, institutions, and ways of life.
the N, N n
The world was, and remains, shocked..., He wants to show the world that anyone can learn to be an ambassador., ...his personal contribution to world history.
3 adj You can use world to describe someone or something that is one of the most important or significant of its kind on earth.
Abroad, Mr Bush was seen as a world statesman..., China has once again emerged as a world power...
4 n-sing You can use world in expressions such as the Arab world, the western world, and the ancient world to refer to a particular group of countries or a particular period in history.
the supp N
Athens had strong ties to the Arab world., ...the developing world...
5 n-count Someone's world is the life they lead, the people they have contact with, and the things they experience.
oft poss N
His world seemed so different from mine..., I lost my job and it was like my world collapsed...
6 n-sing You can use world to refer to a particular field of activity, and the people involved in it.
the N, with supp, oft N of n
The publishing world had certainly never seen an event quite like this.
7 n-sing You can use world to refer to a particular group of living things, for example the animal world, the plant world, and the insect world.
the n N
8 n-count A world is a planet.
He looked like something from another world...
brave new world
10 If you say that two people or things are worlds apart, you are emphasizing that they are very different from each other.
worlds apart phrase usu v-link PHR, oft PHR from n (emphasis)
Intellectually, this man and I are worlds apart...
11 If you say that someone has the best of both worlds, you mean that they have only the benefits of two things and none of the disadvantages.
the best of both worlds phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
Her living room provides the best of both worlds, with an office at one end and comfortable sofas at the other.
12 If you say that something has done someone the world of good or a world of good, you mean that it has made them feel better or improved their life.
do sb/sth a world of good/do sb/sth the world of good phrase V inflects
A sleep will do you the world of good.
13 You use in the world to emphasize a statement that you are making.
in the world phrase oft PHR after superl (emphasis)
The saddest thing in the world is a little baby nobody wants..., He had no one in the world but her.
14 You can use in the world in expressions such as what in the world and who in the world to emphasize a question, especially when expressing surprise or anger.
what in the world/who in the world/where in the world phrase quest PHR (emphasis)
What in the world is he doing?...
15 You can use in an ideal world or in a perfect world when you are talking about things that you would like to happen, although you realize that they are not likely to happen.
in an ideal/a perfect world phrase PHR with cl
In a perfect world, there would be the facilities and money to treat every sick person.
16 If you say that someone is a man of the world or a woman of the world, you mean that they are experienced and know about the practical or social aspects of life, and are not easily shocked by immoral or dishonest actions.
man of the world/woman of the world phrase man/woman inflects
Look, we are both men of the world, would anyone really mind?, ...an elegant, clever and tough woman of the world.
17 If you say that something is out of this world, you are emphasizing that it is extremely good or impressive.
out of this world phrase v-link PHR (emphasis)
These new trains are out of this world.
18 You can use the outside world to refer to all the people who do not live in a particular place or who are not involved in a particular situation.
the outside world phrase
For many, the post office is the only link with the outside world...
19 If you think the world of someone, you like them or care about them very much.
think the world of sb phrase V inflects, PHR n
I think the world of him, but something tells me it's not love..., We were really close. We thought the world of each other.
not be the end of the world →
the world is your oyster →
on top of the world →
brave new world
If someone refers to a brave new world, they are talking about a situation or system that has recently been created and that people think will be successful and fair. n-sing usu N of n
...the brave new world of internet banking.
The most prosperous and industrialized parts of the world are sometimes referred to as theFirst World. Compare Third World. (BUSINESS) n-proper the N, N n
Although South Africa has many of the attributes of the first world - some good infrastructure, millions of rich people - it is still not part of that world., ...wealthy First World countries.
First World War
The First World War or the First War is the war that was fought between 1914 and 1918 in Europe. n-proper the N
The New World is used to refer to the continents of North and South America. n-proper the N
...the massive growth in imports of good wines from the New World and Australasia.
If you talk about thereal world, you are referring to the world and life in general, in contrast to a particular person's own life, experience, and ideas, which may seem untypical and unrealistic. n-sing the N
When they eventually leave the school they will be totally ill-equipped to deal with the real world...
Second World War
The Second World War is the major war that was fought between 1939 and 1945. n-proper the N
The countries of Africa, Asia, and South America are sometimes referred to all together as the Third World, especially those parts that are poor, do not have much power, and are not considered to be highly developed. Compare First World. n-proper the N, N n
...development in the Third World., ...Third World debt.
world beater ( world beaters plural ) , world-beater If you describe a person or thing as a world beater, you mean that they are better than most other people or things of their kind.
A world-class sports player, performer, or organization is one of the best in the world. (JOURNALISM) adj usu ADJ n
He was determined to become a world-class player.
Someone or something that is world-famous is known about by people all over the world. adj
...the world-famous Hollywood Bowl...
world leader ( world leaders plural )
1 n-count A world leader is someone who is the leader of a country, especially an economically powerful country.
2 n-count A product, company, organization, or person that is a world leader is the most successful or advanced one in a particular area of activity. (JOURNALISM)
In the field of consumer electronics, Philips is determined to remain a world leader...
World Trade Organization
TheWorld Trade Organization is an international organization that encourages and regulates trade between its member states. The abbreviation WTO is also used. n-proper
world view ( world views plural ) , world-view A person's world view is the way they see and understand the world, especially regarding issues such as politics, philosophy, and religion. n-count with supp
Many artists express their world view in their work.
world war ( world wars plural ) A world war is a war that involves countries all over the world. n-var
Many senior citizens have been though two world wars..., At the end of the second world war he was working as a docker...
A world-weary person no longer feels excited or enthusiastic about anything. adj
World Wide Web
The World Wide Web is a computer system which links documents and pictures into a database that is stored in computers in many different parts of the world and that people everywhere can use. The abbreviations WWW and the Web are often used. (COMPUTING) n-proper the N