1 the earth/its people

a medieval map of the known world

entire, whole
create, make

They believe that God created the world.


One of these days, humans will destroy the world.

conquer, dominate, rule, take over

Fast food outlets seem to be taking over the world.

explore, tour, travel

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


Sweden leads the world in safety legislation.


Many people imagine the world ending with an explosion.

atlas, map
leader, power, superpower

a meeting of the major world powers


the new world order marked by American dominance

recession, slump

World oil prices continue to rise.


A handful of Internet companies are battling for world domination.


He is at the head of a world media empire.

affairs, events, politics
attention, opinion

The bombing alienated world opinion.

champ (informal), champion, record-holder

He was easily beaten by the reigning world champion.

championship, cup, title

The team is world class.


She shattered the world record for the marathon.


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


scientists of world renown


the major world religions

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

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


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

across the world

Astronomers across the world will be watching the night sky.

around the world, round the world (esp. BrE)

The ceremony was watched live by millions around the world.

in the world

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

throughout the world

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

all around the world, all over the world, all round the world (esp. BrE)

The ceremony was watched live by millions around the world.

the end of the world (figurative)

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

on a world scale

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

on the world stage

The country became an important player on the world stage.

a part of the world

It's an interesting part of the world.

rid the world of sth

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

the world over

Scientists the world over have been waiting for this breakthrough.

2 part of the earth
Arab, English-speaking, Islamic, Muslim, Western, etc.

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

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.

in the … world

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

3 life/society
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

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

post-apocalyptic, post-war

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

brave new

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


These tribesmen are proud survivors of a vanishing world.

ideal, perfect

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

external, outer, outside, real

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

In the real world 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 world of bills, schools, and problems.

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

She enjoys creating imaginary worlds for children.

She lives in her own inner world.

sb's own

She lives in her own little world.

alternative, parallel
material, physical
simulated, virtual

Mediums claim to receive messages from the spirit world.

animal, insect, natural, plant

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

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

We come from different worlds.

whole, whole wide, wider

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

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


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

change, remake, reshape, revolutionize, shape, transform

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

Technology has remade the world.

have, inhabit, live in

Children often have their own private world.

look at, perceive, see, view

different ways of looking at the world


Computer games create whole virtual worlds.


Can you imagine a world without possessions?

come into, enter, escape into

We come into the world with nothing.

He entered the world of politics in 1997.

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

bring sb into

She had brought six children into the world.


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

escape from, shut yourself away from, shut out

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


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

take on

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


He wanted to tell the world how happy he was.

prove to, show

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

rock, shake, shock, stun

The news of the assassination shook the world.

collapse, crumble, fall apart

His world fell apart when his wife died.

revolve around sb/sth

She thinks the world revolves around her and her schedule.

owe sb sth

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


Teachers influence the world view of their young students.

in the … world

He's well known in the fashion world.

world about (esp. BrE), world around

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

world of

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

world outside

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

sb's experience of the world, sb's knowledge of the world, sb's perception of the world
the eyes of the world

The eyes of the world are on the president.

in an ideal world, in a perfect world

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

in a world of your own

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

the rest of the world

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

take the world by storm

a young writer who is taking the world by storm

watch the world go by

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

a whole other world (informal)

There is a whole other world outside school.

the ways of the world

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

worlds apart

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

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