Meaning of WORLD in English

WORLD

noun

1 the earth/its people

ADJECTIVE

▪ known

a medieval map of the known ~

▪ entire , whole

VERB + WORLD

▪ create , make

They believe that God created the ~.

▪ destroy

One of these days, humans will destroy the ~.

▪ save

▪ conquer , dominate , rule , take over

Fast food outlets seem to be taking over the ~.

▪ populate

▪ explore , tour , travel

▪ see

As a young man, he wanted to see the ~ before he settled down.

▪ lead

Sweden leads the ~ in safety legislation.

WORLD + VERB

▪ end

Many people imagine the ~ ending with an explosion.

WORLD + NOUN

▪ atlas , map

▪ population

▪ leader , power , superpower

a meeting of the major ~ powers

▪ economy

▪ order

the new ~ order marked by American dominance

▪ recession , slump

▪ market

▪ trade

▪ price

World oil prices continue to rise.

▪ domination

A handful of Internet companies are battling for ~ domination.

▪ empire

He is at the head of a ~ media empire.

▪ affairs , events , politics

▪ attention , opinion

The bombing alienated ~ opinion.

▪ war

▪ champ ( informal ), champion , record-holder

He was easily beaten by the reigning ~ champion.

▪ championship , cup , title

▪ class

The team is ~ class.

▪ record

She shattered the ~ record for the marathon.

▪ rankings

He has never before featured in the top ten ~ rankings.

▪ renown

scientists of ~ renown

▪ religion

the major ~ religions

▪ cinema , music (= from or influenced by cultures outside Europe and North America)

▪ premiere

The movie had its ~ premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

▪ tour

The band are about to embark on a six-month ~ tour.

PREPOSITION

▪ across the ~

Astronomers across the ~ will be watching the night sky.

▪ around the ~ , round the ~ ( esp. BrE )

The ceremony was watched live by millions around the ~.

▪ in the ~

He felt he was the luckiest man in the whole ~.

▪ throughout the ~

People throughout the ~ will be watching the big game on television.

PHRASES

▪ all around the ~ , all over the ~ , all round the ~ ( esp. BrE )

The ceremony was watched live by millions around the ~.

▪ the end of the ~ ( figurative )

It won't be the end of the ~ if you don't get the job.

▪ on a ~ scale

Communist parties were formed on a ~ scale after the Russian Revolution.

▪ on the ~ stage

The country became an important player on the ~ stage.

▪ a part of the ~

It's an interesting part of the ~.

▪ rid the ~ of sth

He is on a quest to rid the ~ of evil.

▪ the ~ over

Scientists the ~ over have been waiting for this breakthrough.

2 part of the earth

ADJECTIVE

▪ Arab , English-speaking , Islamic , Muslim , Western , etc.

Heads of state from all over the Arab ~ gathered for the conference.

▪ civilized

▪ free

▪ developed , First , industrialized , rich

First-World consumers will have to eat less meat.

▪ developing , Third , underdeveloped

▪ New , Old

Machismo is a New World phenomenon with roots in Old World cultures.

PREPOSITION

▪ in the … ~

In the Western ~, there is a different attitude to marriage.

3 life/society

ADJECTIVE

▪ changing , chaotic , ever-changing , fast-changing , fast-paced

▪ cruel , cut-throat , dog-eat-dog , hard , tough

▪ alien , crazy , mad ( esp. BrE ), strange , topsy-turvy

▪ ancient , medieval , Roman , etc.

▪ contemporary , modern , postmodern , today's

▪ globalized

In today's globalized ~, telecommunications have broken down boundaries.

▪ post-apocalyptic , post-war

The movie is set in a bizarre post-apocalyptic ~.

▪ brave new

the architects' vision of a brave new ~ of pristine concrete

▪ vanishing

These tribesmen are proud survivors of a vanishing ~.

▪ peaceful

▪ ideal , perfect

▪ imperfect

This is an imperfect ~, and we have to compromise.

▪ external , outer , outside , real

Throughout his time in prison he had no contact with the outside ~.

In the real ~ things don't always happen like they do in books.

▪ day-to-day , everyday , mundane , workaday

She has to deal with the day-to-day ~ of bills, schools, and problems.

▪ dream , fantasy , fictional , imaginary , inner , make-believe , private

She enjoys creating imaginary ~s for children.

She lives in her own inner ~.

▪ sb's own

She lives in her own little ~.

▪ alternative , parallel

▪ material , physical

▪ simulated , virtual

▪ digital

▪ spiritual

▪ spirit

Mediums claim to receive messages from the spirit ~.

▪ secular

▪ social

▪ animal , insect , natural , plant

I like living in the country because I'm interested in the natural ~.

▪ academic , art , business , corporate , fashion , industrial , literary , medical , publishing , sports

▪ different

We come from different ~s.

▪ whole , whole wide , wider

She told him he was her only friend in the whole wide ~.

The wider ~ learned of his illness months after he told his family.

▪ small

I'm sure we'll meet again. It's a very small ~ in this profession.

VERB + WORLD

▪ change , remake , reshape , revolutionize , shape , transform

Young people always think they are going to change the ~.

Technology has remade the ~.

▪ have , inhabit , live in

Children often have their own private ~.

▪ look at , perceive , see , view

different ways of looking at the ~

▪ create

Computer games create whole virtual ~s.

▪ imagine

Can you imagine a ~ without possessions?

▪ come into , enter , escape into

We come into the ~ with nothing.

He entered the ~ of politics in 1997.

Show business gave him the chance to escape into another ~.

▪ bring sb into

She had brought six children into the ~.

▪ divide

She tends to divide the ~ into ‘winners’ and ‘losers’.

▪ escape from , shut yourself away from , shut out

He closed his eyes and tried to shut out the ~.

▪ face

For the first time since the death of her parents, she felt able to face the ~.

▪ take on

He felt ready to take on the ~ when he finished college.

▪ tell

He wanted to tell the ~ how happy he was.

▪ prove to , show

She was determined to show the ~ that she was no loser.

▪ rock , shake , shock , stun

The news of the assassination shook the ~.

WORLD + VERB

▪ change

▪ collapse , crumble , fall apart

His ~ fell apart when his wife died.

▪ revolve around sb/sth

She thinks the ~ revolves around her and her schedule.

▪ owe sb sth

He seems to think that the ~ owes him a living.

WORLD + NOUN

▪ knowledge

▪ view

Teachers influence the ~ view of their young students.

PREPOSITION

▪ in the … ~

He's well known in the fashion ~.

▪ ~ about ( esp. BrE ), ~ around

At this age, babies are starting to take an interest in the ~ around them.

▪ ~ of

In the ~ of finance there is little room for sentiment.

▪ ~ outside

Aren't you interested in the ~ outside your window?

PHRASES

▪ sb's experience of the ~ , sb's knowledge of the ~ , sb's perception of the ~

▪ the eyes of the ~

The eyes of the ~ are on the president.

▪ in an ideal ~ , in a perfect ~

In an ideal ~, I'd like to work just three days a week.

▪ in a ~ of your own

I tapped on the window to get her attention but she was in a ~ of her own.

▪ the rest of the ~

He just wanted to shut himself away from the rest of the ~.

▪ take the ~ by storm

a young writer who is taking the ~ by storm

▪ watch the ~ go by

He likes to sit outside his front door and watch the ~ go by.

▪ a whole other ~ ( informal )

There is a whole other ~ outside school.

▪ the ways of the ~

He's too young to understand the ways of the ~.

▪ ~s apart

Although they are twins, they are ~s apart in their attitude to life.

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