worldly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"worldly" in British English

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worldlyadjective

uk   /ˈwɜːld.li/  us   /ˈwɝːld-/

worldly adjective (PHYSICAL)

[before noun] relating to or consisting of ​physical things and ​ordinaryliferather than ​spiritual things: For many of the ​refugees, the ​clothes they are ​wearing are all the worldly goods (= possessions) they have. Her worldly ​success can ​hardly be ​denied.

worldly adjective (PRACTICAL)

practical and having a lot of ​experience of ​life: She ​seems to be much more worldly than the other ​students in her ​class.
worldliness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of worldly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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worldlyadjective

 us   /ˈwɜrld·li/

worldly adjective (PHYSICAL)

having to do with ​physical things and ​ordinarylife: worldly ​success She ​lost all her worldly possessions in the ​fire.

worldly adjective (EXPERIENCED)

experienced in the ​ways of the ​world: He’s ​older and more worldly than the other ​students in his ​class.
(Definition of worldly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “worldly”
in Chinese (Simplified) 物质的, 尘世的, 非精神的…
in Turkish görmüş geçirmiş…
in Russian умудренный, искушенный в жизни…
in Chinese (Traditional) 物質的, 塵世的, 非精神的…
in Polish światowy…
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