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"worldly" in British English

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worldlyadjective

uk   /ˈwɜːld.li/  us   /ˈwɝːld.li/
  • worldly adjective (PHYSICAL)

[before noun] relating to or consisting of physical things and ordinary life rather 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.
worldliness
noun [U] uk   /ˈwɜːld.li.nəs/  us   /ˈwɝːld.li.nəs/
(Definition of worldly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worldly" in American English

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worldlyadjective

 us   /ˈwɜrld·li/
  • worldly adjective (PHYSICAL)

having to do with physical things and ordinary life: 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)
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