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world

noun uk   /wɜːld/ us    /wɝːld/

world noun (THE EARTH)

A1 [S] the Earth and all the people, places, and things on it: Different parts of the world have very different climatic conditions. Which bridge has the longest span in the world? News of the disaster shocked the (whole/entire) world. We live in a changing world and people must learn to adapt. She's a world authority on foetal development. a world record/championshipThe Earth and outer space - general words

world noun (GROUP/AREA)

B1 [C usually singular] a group of things such as countries or animals, or an area of human activity or understanding: the Muslim world the modern/industrialized world the animal world stars from the rock music world Unexpected things can happen in the world of subatomic particles.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixturesTopics and areas of interest

world noun (PLANET)

[C] a planet or other part of the universe, especially one where life might or does exist: There was a man on the news last night who reckons we've been visited by beings from other worlds.The Earth and outer space - general words
(Definition of world from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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