worldworld1 /wɜːld $ wɜːrld/ ●●●S1W1 noun1 →the world2 →in the world3the society we live inSOCIETY [singular] the society that we live in, the way people behave, and the kind of life we haveParents want a better world for their children.the worldThe world is being transformed by information technology.You had to go into politics if you wanted to change the world.in an ideal/perfect world (=used to say how you would like things to be)In an ideal world, we would be able to recycle everything.the real world (=the way life really is, not how people would like it to be or imagine it)In the real world, things are never quite so simple.what is the world coming to? (=used to say that you do not like the way society is changing)Five pounds just to park your car! I don’t know what the world’s coming to.4COUNTRY/NATIONgroup of countries [singular] a particular group of countriesthe Western/Arab etc worldthe highest unemployment rate in the Western worldthe English-speaking worldagricultural practices in the developing worldthe economies of the industrialized world5time in history [singular] a particular period in historythe modern/ancient worldthe peoples of the ancient worldthe world of ...the world of the ancient Greeks6somebody’s life and experiences [countable]LIFE the life and experiences of a particular person or group of peopleworld ofthe world of childrenThe diary gives us an insight into Hemingway’s world.7area of activity/work [countable usually singular]COUNTRY/NATION a particular area of activity or work, and the people who are involved in itthe world of politics/business/work etcShe knew little about the world of politics.the art/business/academic etc worldpersonalities from the sporting world8 →the natural/animal/plant world9place/situationSITUATION [countable usually singular] a particular kind of place or situation, especially one that someone describes or which you imagineworld ofthe nightmare world of Orwell’s novel ‘1984’a world of lies and secrecy10another planet [countable]HA a place like the Earth in another part of the universe where other things may livestrange creatures from another world11something is very different [countable] used in the following phrases to emphasize that something is very differentThere’s a world of difference between the US and Europe.I realized we were still worlds apart (=very different, especially concerning your ideas, opinions etc).It was a world away from (=completely different from) the grand hotels she was used to.12 →the outside world13 →the material world14 →for all the world as if/as though/like15 →out of this world16 →do somebody a/the world of good17 →in a world of your own/in your own little world18 →mean the world to somebody/think the world of somebody19 →somebody would give the world to do something20 →be/feel on top of the world21 →be a man/woman of the world22 →not for the world23 →the world is your oyster24 →have the world at your feet25 →go up/come down in the world26 →set the world on fire/alight27 →set/put the world to rights28 →the Michael Jacksons/Mother Teresas/Microsofts etc of this world29 →think the world owes you a living30 →think (that) the world revolves around you31 →the world and his wife32 →come into the world33 →bring a child into the world34 →somebody is not long for this world35 →the world → best of both worldsat best3(7), → be dead to the worldat dead1(9), → it’s not the end of the worldat end1(18), → New World, Third WorldCOLLOCATIONSphrasespart of the worldThis part of the world was new to her.the rest of the worldHow will this affect Britain and the rest of the world?phrasesthe best/tallest etc in the worldWe want to become the best team in the world.the world’s best/tallest etcIt is the world’s largest car manufacturer.around/across the world (=in many parts of the world)We have 950 customers around the world.all over/throughout the world (=in every part of the world)The city attracts visitors from all over the world.adjectivesthe whole/entire worldToday the whole world is threatened with pollution.verbstravel the worldHe spent his first few years after school travelling the world.see the world (=travel to different parts of the world)He quit his job to see the world.save the world (=help people in the world)She’s doing her bit to save the world.lead the world (=be the most successful in the world)Britain leads the world in defence electronics.
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world• Heron's book was widely copied in the ancientworld.• strangecreatures from another world• the fast-paced business world• Jaffrii is now one of the richest and most successful men in the business world.• Our public schools are among the worst in the developed world.• the fashionworld• Why here, why Stalinvast, and not some other world?• the fast-paced world of technology• Alvin's world was full of dance and music.• We thought we could change the world then.• I have been blotted out from the world.• She lost any sense of time, knowing only the world of sensation and pleasure and sad longing.• the world of the Anglo-Saxons• the Westernworldin an ideal/perfect world• I also have an idealized picture of myself - what I would like to be in an ideal world.• But we don't live in a perfect world.• To go onstage in the flag is to be a 50pmagnet, nomatterwhat it might mean in an ideal world.• This was an unusualarrangement which might have worked in a perfect world.the Western/Arab etc world• As for the Arab world, their response as we were negotiating these agreements was to be expected.• Chess is sort of considered in the Western world as the premierintellectual game.• He developed the concept of an open market within the Community to create the largest single market in the Western world.• Molecular biology of colorectal neoplasia Large bowelcancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the western world.• The dailybroadsheetcirculates widely in the Arab world and among Arabs living in the West.• If they are ever opened, the Hunterston plants would be among the first direct reductioniron works in the Western world.• This has happened all over the Western world and we must now start to pick up the pieces.• The speech was warmly endorsed throughout the Arab world.the modern/ancient world• Mathematics is becoming increasingly important in its applications and uses in the modern world.• It may be that increasing industrialism made the modern world an uglier, less attractive subject.• The Labyrinth at Knossos is generally recognized to have been one of the greatest architectural achievements of the ancient world.• Their lives were now confronted by earthshaking change, by the arrival of the modern world.• Part of the moulding-power of the modern world is its ability to leave us all blasé.• The technology of the modern world has derived, in good measure, from a great wealth of empirical experience.• Not everyone, however, welcomes the return of primalspirituality to the modern world.• His conqueststransformedthe ancient world and ushered in the Hellenistic age of great monarchies.world of• Truong found himself living in a world ofpoverty and uncertainty.• the world of fashionthe world of politics/business/work etc• In the early 1980s, the world of work at Spartaunderwent a drastic change.• The world of politics is next.• Secondment is an opportunity for them to learn at first hand about the world of work to which their students are aspiring.• We will reinforce the rights of the individual in the world of work, and break down artificial barriers to advancement.• Performers in one of the most successful, longest-running shows in the world of business.• In the world of work, this is one of the distinctions between the professional and the technician.• Any disruption they suffer should be counteracted by your enhancedawareness of the world of work.• We often speak of climbing the ladder don't we when it comes to the world of work or material success.another world• Sometimes he was so distant that he seemed to be in another world.• And I am now in another world!• You appreciate that there is a fair chance that you might find yourself prematurely in another world?• Nature is full of icons or images that revealglimpses into another world.• Is Michael Johnson going to set another world record?• You want me to be your gateway to another world?• But further along the branch was another world.• It was another world, and he knew he would now have to seek advice from an expert.a world of difference• This is only two miles from the bustling West End - but there is a world of difference.• There is a world of difference between emotional blankness and immorality.• He made a world of difference to the Leeds defence.• After all, the right network can make a world of difference to your business.• During these golden years of instruction, parents can make a world of difference by staying engaged and supportive.• A short note of encouragement would make a world of difference right now.• It makes a world of difference when there is a lot of electricity in the air.• There's a world of difference between owning a gun and using it.• But there was a world of difference between wanting and loving.worldworld2 ●●○ adjective [only before noun]1WORLDexisting in, involving, or affecting all or most countries in the worldthe World Cup/Championships etc (=a competition involving people from many countries)He won the world title in 2001.the reigning Formula One world championworld trade/economy etcthe impact of the crisis on the world economy →world war2POWERa world figure is one of the most important people in the worlda meeting of world leadersa world authority on climate change →world power
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world• The iceskating show features twelve Olympic and worldchampions.• The Denver Broncos have won the worldchampionship.• Jones is a world expert in genetics.• The present conflict is a threat to worldpeace.• At that time Britain was a major world power.• Islam is one of the great worldreligions.• The top 50 multi-national companies control about 80% of world trade.the World Cup/Championships etc• Maradona's punch helped his side to the World Cup.• Think: between the hedges meets the World Cup.• The three legs of the World Cup can take enough out of a horse without subjecting it to too much unnecessary effort beforehand.• If Mr Moynihan is prudent, he will already be thinking ahead to the World Cup of 1994.• Nor will the World Cup of 2006 end standing.• It is enough to give anybody the World Cupwillies.world leaders• Increasingly, funding will reflect the quality of the research output so that the best centres can truly be world leaders.• Messages of condolence began arriving in New Delhi on May 22 from a host of world leaders.• The Chirac-Kohl coolness forms part of a growing pattern of strained personal relations among world leaders.• Power Not that our world leaders have much to worry about.• The pursuit of a cease-fire dominated a summit of world leaders in Moscow, meeting to discussnuclearsafety and arms proliferation.• Both Du Pont and Conoco are world leaders, in their respectivesectors, in environmentalprotection and safety.• The media tell it whenever they present international relations as a dramaticencounter between world leaders who personify their countries.• In the meantime world leaders will enjoy the kudos of being seen to be doing something about Aids.Originworld1Old Englishworuld“human existence, this world, age”