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world

noun
 
 
/wɜːld/
the world A1 the Earth and all the people, places, and things on it: Everest is the highest mountain in the world. She's travelled all over the world.Something, anything, nothing, and everythingThe Earth and outer space - general words
B1 [C] the people and things that are involved in a particular activity or subject: [usually singular] the entertainment world the world of politicsTopics and areas of interestGroups of people
the developing/industrialized/Western, etc world a particular area of the EarthContinents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation
the plant/animal, etc world plants/animals, etc as a groupGroups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures
your world A2 your life and experiences: His whole world fell apart when she left.Lifestyles and their studyExisting and being
→  See also have the best of both worlds , not be the end of the world , the Old World , the outside world , the Third World , be on top of the world , do sb a/the world of good , be out of this world , think the world of sb , the whole world
Translations of “world”
in Korean (특정 분야와 관련하여)-세계…
in Arabic عالَم…
in French monde, le plus grand bien…
in Turkish dünya, âlem…
in Italian mondo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 群體/地區, 領域, 界…
in Russian мир, сфера…
in Polish świat…
in Spanish mundo, inmenso…
in Portuguese mundo…
in German die Welt, eine Unmenge…
in Catalan món…
in Japanese (特定の分野の)世界, ~界…
in Chinese (Simplified) 群体/地区, 领域, 界…
(Definition of world noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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