mean the world to (someone)

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mean the world to (someone)

1. To be ardently loved by or exceptionally important to someone. My little daughter means the world to me—I would do absolutely anything for her. Our cats mean the world to my boyfriend—he's completely obsessed with them!
2. To be something for which someone is deeply grateful or appreciative. Thank you so much for taking care of my kids when I was in the hospital. It really means the world to me!
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be/mean (ˌall) the ˈworld to somebody

be very important to somebody; be loved very much by somebody: Her job means the world to her.They’ve only got one child and he’s all the world to them.
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To see Cienna walk or sit unaided would mean the world to us as a family.
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It would mean the world to us if we won this competition, as we are soul mates.
My dad passed away last year and I would love to track this picture down and buy a copy, it would mean the world to me.
It will just mean the world series will fall into the background and we'll target doing well at the Commonwealths in July.
This money will not only mean the world to us - it will mean the world to the people we help.
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knew how to mean the world then--just finding the words
I hope she gets her act together and returns to the two people who mean the world to her.
This magazine, the girls who read it and the people who create it mean the world to me.
Two words we don't hear very often nowadays, but they can mean the world to those they are spoken to.
Little things like that really mean the world to children in the system,'' said Gura.
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The bond with dad is going to be so easy, but that's not to say mum and daughter won't mean the world to each other.
home In the garden, which he takes to mean the world.